Three interesting stats ahead of Manchester United - Tottenham

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will do battle to start 2014 off right on New Year’s Day.

The Red Devils have won six on the bounce in all competitions and the last four in the Premier League.

Such a purple patch has seen them climb to within three points of the top four – in sixth place - following a turbulent start to life under David Moyes.

Tottenham sit level with the Old Trafford outfit on 34 points as Tim Sherwood has won two of three in the league since taking charge.

The encounter in turn has serious implications for two sides that have disappointed, and the knowledge that a victory will provide a massive boost to their aspirations of Champions League football should make for an aggressive encounter.

Following are three interesting stats ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford...

1) Manchester United have lost just once to Spurs in 28 of the clubs’ last 29 meetings across all competitions. Tottenham’s lone victory in this stretch came in the most recent contest at Old Trafford in September 2012, with Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey on target for the visitors in a 3-2 triumph.

Beating Bayern Munich away

Arsenal went into the second leg of their tie against Bayern Munich in March last season trailing the German side 3-1 on aggregate.

Not many gave them a sniff as they headed to the Allianz Arena but Arsenal produced a stunning 2-0 win in Germany and they were very unlucky to go out on the away goals rule.

It dispelled the myth which was floating around that the Gunners didn’t have the quality any more to beat the European big boys.

Aaron Ramsey

August 21 marks one of the best moments for Arsenal this year because it was the date that Aaron Ramsey scored his first goal of the season.

Little did Arsenal fans know that the goal Ramsey bagged against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier would set the Welshman up for his best ever season (so far) as a professional footballer.

The goal enabled Ramsey to build some momentum, it gave him extra confidence and it proved critics and doubters wrong.

He currently has 15 goals for club and country this season and he should be ready to eradicate that figure next season.

Re-signing Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu Flamini started training with Arsenal earlier this year in August and he was promptly rewarded with a contract for his efforts.

Initially a lot of people criticised Wenger’ decision to bring Flamini back, suggesting the move lacked ambition and was further proof that Wenger wasn’t willing to spend big money on transfers.

However, it’s turned out to be a masterstroke. Flamini has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent players so far this season and he’s added a little fight and bite to the Arsenal midfield which was missing.

Signing Mesut Ozil

The £42.5 million signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on the last day of the summer transfer window was massive for the club.

Finally Arsene Wenger had spent some money to bring a world class player to the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil has played a big role in Arsenal’s success this season and the benefits of his presence at Arsenal are twofold; he provides quality in the first team and his signing will attract future world class stars to the club.

The October AGM

Arsenal AGM’s have been a little spicy in recent years with questions over commitment, progress, finance and other areas being angrily debated at great length.

This year it was a completely different matter and the reason it was so significant is because it confirmed the strong position that Arsenal are in.

The impression left behind was that despite the multi-million signing of Ozil in the summer, there was still money to spend for Wenger this winter and next year if he needed it.

Wenger himself also outlined his plan for the development of the club, which was the biggest unofficial hint yet that he will sign a new contract with the Gunners when an official offer is put to him.

Here’s to a great 2014.

image: © Emmanuel Adebayor had played just 45 total minutes of football. Since, he’s seen 338 minutes of action, tallying three goals and an assist between Premier League and Capital One Cup commitments, and looks likely to make the starting eleven once more on Wednesday. Adebayor once netted a winner at Old Trafford for Arsenal back in 2006.

3) Aaron Lennon netted his maiden goal of the campaign last time out against Stoke, the Englishman’s first since March 3. Tottenham came away with three points opposite the Potters, as they also did on all four occasions when Lennon scored last season in the Premier League.

image: © Paolo Camera

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