Unlike Chelsea, Manchester United have completely dominated Arsenal since the onset of Premier League in 1992. They dominated so against every league team in this period. In the last 2 seasons though, the guardians of Old Trafford are not their usual selves. 3 seasons of sky-high spending has finally put them on the top of the table. The story from the Emirates stadium is the same ever since they moved there – great footballing performance with a low yield and a visibly frustrated Arsène Wenger on the side lines. This Sunday will feature the high profile game Arsenal vs Manchester United at the Emirates stadium.
Red devils’ domination: The Manchester side had won 46% (just less than half) of Premier League games against the London side whereas Gunners’ win percentage is just 24% (just less than quarter). The Red devils have scored an average of 1.43 goals per game conceding a mere 0.93 goals per game against Arsenal (0.5 is the average goal difference – says a lot about the domination, huh?).
Even at Gunners’ home, Red devils fared better: United had even won 30% (pretty high) of away league games against Arsenal. With 31 and 29 goals by Arsenal and United respectively, Gunners’ home Emirates Stadium is as good as a neutral stadium with no significant advantage to any side.
Gunners’ low goal ratio: In the last 30 games between them in all competitive games, only once did Arsène Wenger’s side manage to score more than 2 goals against the Red devils. Gunners haven’t scored in 12 of those games. In the same span, United managed to score 50 goals including 8 scored in the home league game in 2011-12 season and failing to score only on 6 occasions.
Undefeated in the last 4 seasons: Manchester United are undefeated in the last 8 league games against Arsenal scoring more than 2 goals per game on average and conceding a mere 7 goals overall.
Similar sides with sharper Red Devils’ strikes: Performances of both these clubs in 2015-16 Premier League campaign were pretty much similar. Both teams play a very solid passing game averaging 560+ passes and 480+ accurate passes. The only statistic that separates both sides is the shot precision – Arsenal scores less with more chances whereas United does otherwise. They managed to score an average of 1.71 goals with an average of 8 chances per game whereas Arsenal managed only 1.43 goals in 16.43 chances per game on average.
Historical and current performance both favors Louis van Gaal’s side in this fixture. Arsenal vs Manchester United will be a tight game and both sides will compete to prove their footballing flair and passing mastery to the other side.