The early kick-off on Saturday sees the fixture last year ended 8-2 to Manchester United. This year, the Reds also hold Arsenal’s most prized possession of recent seasons, Robin van Persie, who faces the Gunners for the first time since leaving the Emirates club.
Man Utd currently sit one point behind league leaders Chelsea, and come into this fixture on the back of Premier League victory the Blues last weekend, in a game that has been remembered more for what was allegedly said by referee Mark Clattenburg, rather than the football on show.
That win was one of seven wins from their last eight league outings – only Arsenal’s north London rivals spurs taking any points off Ferguson’s men.
Arsenal meanwhile have had a mixed start to the season – sitting sixth, Wenger’s side have two wins from five, but did take all three points last weekend at home to bottom placed QPR.
The Gunners will likely field midfielder Jack Wilshere, back from longterm injury, with Bacary Sagna also expected to feature. Gervinho has joined the injury ranks however, and there could be a start for Olivier Giroud, who netted in Arsenal’s midweek 7-5 victory over Reading in the League Cup. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have his fitness assessed prior to the game.
Man Utd still have Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones out with longterm injuries, and Chris Smalling is expected to miss out despite progressing in his recovery from a broken foot. Shinji Kagawa will also miss out with a knee problem.
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