What the stats say about Manchester United vs. Arsenal


Manchester United hasn’t won in their last six Premier League encounters with Arsenal – they’ve never gone seven league games without defeating the Gunners.

Arsenal are trying to win successive away league games against Manchester United for the first time since February 1979, following their 1-0 win at Old Trafford last season.
Arsenal has preserved a clean sheet in each of their last three matches against Manchester United in all competitions, equaling the number of clean sheets they had in their previous 13 encounters with them. It’s the first time they’ve maintained a clean sheet in four straight games against the Red Devils.
Manchester United has only lost two of their 14 Premier League games on Thursdays (W8 D4), both against Middlesbrough in December 2002 (1-3) and at home to Liverpool in May last season (2-4).

Each of Manchester United’s last eight Premier League goals have come at Old Trafford, and the Red Devils have never conceded nine straight goals in the competition without responding. From February to March 2014, they had a streak of eight home goals surrendered without scoring in between.
Only Norwich City (2) have scored fewer away goals in the Premier League this season than Arsenal (3), with the Gunners failing to score in four of their six away games. It’s the joint-fewest goals the Gunners have ever scored in a league season after six away games.

Manchester United have won just five points in their last eight Premier League games (W1 D2 L5), the fewest in Premier League history over an eight-game stretch. Between December 1989 and February 1990, they had their lowest point total in an eight-game span (four – D4 L4).
Arsenal’s 15 Premier League goals this season have been scored by players aged 21 or younger, accounting for 47 percent of the total (Emile Smith Rowe 4, Bukayo Saka 2, Gabriel Martinelli 1). The Gunners’ highest percentage in a single completed season in the competition is 39% (25/64, excluding own goals) in 2008-09.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in both of Arsenal’s away league games against Manchester United this season, and he might become the first player in Arsenal history to score in three consecutive away games against the Red Devils.

Cristiano Ronaldo has six goals in 15 appearances for Manchester United versus Arsenal in all competitions, albeit only one of those goals has come at Old Trafford (April 2008).