Top of the charts: Wayne Rooney and Jack Rowley are joint-holders of the record for most goals for United against Arsenal, with 10 each. Rooney’s first league goal for the Reds came against the Gunners in October 2004, with his most recent a penalty to complete his hat-trick in that 8-2 win in 2011. Rowley, who plied his trade at Old Trafford for 17-and-a-half years either side of World War II, was known as “The Gunner” for his explosive shooting power.
There and thereabouts: Robin van Persie has scored six times in this fixture – four for Arsenal, and two following his move to Old Trafford at the start of last season.
Five times I: In 1982/83 the Reds and the Gunners faced off in the FA Cup and League Cup, as well as in two League Division One fixtures. A 6-3 aggregate win in the two-legged Milk Cup semi-final saw Ron Atkinson’s side get the better of Terry Neill’s outfit, and when the pair met again in the last four of the FA Cup, United went through 2-1. Norman Whiteside lashed the ball home for a brilliant winner at Villa Park.
Five times II: United had failed to beat Arsenal in the Charity Shield and the Premier League during 1998/99 when we were drawn to face the Londoners in the FA Cup semi-final. A replay was required after a goalless stalemate at Villa Park, but when the two sides met again at the same venue United won through after a drama-strewn 120 minute epic that included a magnificent opener from David Beckham, a disallowed goal from Nicolas Anelka, a red card for Roy Keane, a brilliant penalty save from Peter Schmeichel and Giggs’ memorable winner.