Wenger broke a 21 year Arsenal habit against Manchester United

The Frenchman may point to this level of consistency as one of the reasons for the Gunners' impressive form in 2015.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger broke a longstanding record when he named his starting lineup against Manchester United on Sunday.

It was the first time the former Monaco boss has ever named an unchanged Arsenal side for six successive games, and the first time the Gunners have done so in over 21 years.

His starting lineup of David Ospina, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud has been picked for a run of games that has yielded three wins, two draws and one loss.

The win over Newcastle United in March was the last time Wenger changed this starting lineup, and it is this consistency that is perhaps why Arsenal have generally been performing better this season than they've managed in other campaigns.

You have to go way back to the start of January 1994, when George Graham was still manager, to find the last time Arsenal named an unchanged lineup for six successive games. That was the year the Gunners won the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup.

Back then David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, David Hillier, John Jensen, Eddie McGoldrick, Ray Parlour, Kevin Campbell and Ian Wright - though that famous Arsenal back five may have gone ten years without being changed.

Of course, not all that time has been Wenger's fault, but, with the Frenchman having been in charge for 17 of those 21 years, it's fair to say he's partly responsible.

It will be interesting to see if we see the same team against Sunderland and West Brom next week, or whether Wenger will mix it up ahead of the cup final.

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