United have THREE proven players who thrive against Arsenal - who?

Manchester United travel to the Emirates Stadium with both teams needing a confidence-boosting victory.

1): Dutch courage

In Robin van Persie, Manchester United possess a player who loves this fixture. The reigning Premier League champions may be struggling in seventh place but the Dutchman is in fine form having returned ten goals from 13 starts in the division thus far this season. He has also scored in every single one of the last five encounters between United and Arsenal, with the last three arriving against his former club.

2): He's the Juan

Like his new team-mate at Stretford, Juan Mata also thrives against Arsenal and has gotten on the scoresheet on every single one of the last four times he has played against Arsene Wenger's side (all competitions). Mata has also performed commendably since switching allegiances from blue, to red, producing strong statistics from just three appearances for his new side thus far.

PlayerTouch /appPass /appAcc pass /appFwd pass /appCross /appAcc cross /AppChanceAssistAppsMins
Juan Mata 85.33 62.67 58.00 12.67 8.00 1.33 12 3 3 265

 3): Roo the man

Powerful Englishman Wayne Rooney, 28, like Mata and like van Persie, has a proven record against Arsenal, scoring ten Premier League goals against them (including his first and 100th!). It is his best record against any opponent and the joint most against Arsenal in the division (shared with Robbie Fowler). Can Rooney score one more to create distance between himself and Fowler? Rooney has scored nine and assisted nine from 20 appearances in the league; an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist every 92 minutes.

Key fact

In the last ten Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United, the Old Trafford side have lost just once, drawn twice and won seven.

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