Remember These? – Unforgettable times at the Emirates against the old foe
Arsenal versus Manchester United is a fixture anyone would turn up to watch, no matter where both sides are placed on the table or what form they are in.
And what the Gunners would give to repeat some of their famous wins over the red devils on Sunday – to relieve the woes of back-to-back defeats to Fulham and Swansea City.
But if you think you will have to go back as far as the days of Vieira and Bergkamp to find remarkable victories over Alex Ferguson’s men, then look no further because even during the non-golden times of Arsene Wenger’s reign – ever since Arsenal moved to the Emirates stadium – the Gunners have still produced some triumphs which are hard to forget on their latest home ground.
So check out the the three most memorable victories over United at the Emirates.
The build-up to this classic encounter echoes that of this Sunday due to the date, Thierry Henry’s possible availability and Arsenal’s position in the title race.
Prior to this match, the Gunners were a massive 15 points behind United and virtually out of the title battle. And after Rooney put the visitors ahead, Ferguson’s men were on course to widen that gap before late goals from Van Persie and famously, Thierry Henry snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
“The great man produces the great moment!”.
This was arguably Samir Nasri’s most memorable match as a Gunner.
And it came in his debut season as well-struck goals from the Frenchman were enough to send Arsenal into dreamland – despite Rafael’s late consolation strike – during this early-kick game in a frustrating 2008/09 season.
The Gunners had been beaten 2-1 at Stoke City prior to this showdown, and with Adebayor injured and Van Persie suspended, Manchester United were tipped to rub salt into Arsenal’s wounds.
Nasri had other ideas though.
After his forgettable performance against Swansea last Sunday, Aaron Ramsey will give everything to rediscover this trick from less than a year ago.
A painful 2-1 defeat at Bolton had been the closing curtain to Arsenal’s title challenge for last season, but they still had one more tension affair to deal with as champions-elect Manchester United came to town.
Missing Fabregas – who had played his last ever game for Arsenal – Wenger brought in Aaron Ramsey who was only finding his feet again after a horrible leg injury at Stoke City.
And what better place to find your feet than in United’s penalty area in a tight match.