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08/11/2013 08:57, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: United v Arsenal

Last meeting: Arsenal formed a guard of honour for the Reds at the Emirates Stadium in April after we had secured our 20th league title, but the friendly welcome stopped there. Theo Walcott put the hosts ahead after just two minutes of what developed into a fiercely contested encounter, with van Persie marking his return to his old haunt by bagging the equaliser from the penalty spot just before half-time. It stayed at 1-1, extending United's unbeaten run over our north London rivals to four games.

Did you know? Ryan Giggs has made 49 appearances against Arsenal, by some distance the most of any United player. It's a record that, like many others set by the Welsh veteran, is likely to last a very long time. His first appearance against the Gunners came on 19 October 1991.

The manager: Following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement (and even David Moyes swapping Goodison for OT for that matter), Arsene Wenger is comfortably the longest-serving manager in British football, having succeeded Bruce Rioch in the Arsenal hot seat on 30 September 1996. However, in 23 visits to Old Trafford Wenger has left victorious on just four occasions.

Star man: German international Mezut Ozil has been a big hit since arriving at Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42m in the summer. Goals and assists have flowed from the 25-year-old, although midfield team-mate Aaron Ramsey has played a big part in their good start to the season with 11 goals.

Quote/unquote: "It"s time to start putting our foot on the pedal and motor on. We have to do that if we want to remain in contention to win the league. Arsenal are in a good vein of form. They are the team to catch. We have to make sure we

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