Best Arsenal v Man Utd games
FootyOn pick out the five best Arsenal v Man Utd games as the two prepare to meet outside the top four for the first time since 1977.
A crucial clash for both sides, a Gunners defeat would surely sink their hopes of a top four berth.
While, Manchester United continue to compete on both PL and Europa League fronts.
These two clubs have a long history, producing some fine moments throughout the years.
So, in light of this, we’ve picked out the best Arsenal v Man Utd games..
Giggs’ goal and THAT hairy chest (1999)
The second phase of their historic treble looked to be heading to penalties before Ryan Giggs set off on his dizzying dribble.
An FA Cup replay at Villa Park gave us one of the most memorable cup match-ups in years.
David Beckham put the Red Devils in front, then Dennis Bergkamp equalised and had a stoppage time penalty saved by Peter Schmeichel.
In extra-time, Giggs collected a stray pass from Patrick Vieira and began a run from his own half, before finishing powerfully.
His celebration is an iconic image from Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant reign in Manchester.
Battle of the Buffet (2004)
The Gunners were on a 49-game unbeaten run and reportedly wearing shirts emblazoned with “50 not out” under their jerseys.
United won 2-0 and snapped the streak in a game that saw a number of unprofessional fouls overlooked by referee Mike Riley.
In the tunnel post-match, tempers boiled over as both managers and players faced off.
Reportedly, various food stuffs were thrown, with Cesc Fabregas rumoured to have thrown a pizza like a Frisbee at Sir Alex.
The legendary Scottish manager conducted post-match interviews in his tracksuit, after changing out of his suit.
Keane v Vieira (2005)
United would go on to win the match 4-2, but the game is more remembered for the minutes leading up to kick-off.
Back when Arsenal actually competed for titles, the two sides were bitter rivals and bad blood was a frequent sight.
Years after the event, Roy Keane claimed Patrick Vieira attempted to pick on Gary Neville – trying to gain a mental upperhand.
Keane was having none of it, and confronted Vieira in the tunnel.
There was a memorable moment on the pitch, however, as John O’Shea found himself free on goal in the 89th minute and chipped Manuel Almunia – resulting in a hilarious celebration.
Van Persie guard of honour (2013)
The Dutchman had left Arsenal less than a year before Arsene Wenger’s Gunners were humiliated by forming guard of honour, welcoming in champions United to the Emirates pitch.
Van Persie left north London to win a title and, under Alex Ferguson, he did just that in his debut year at Old Trafford.
A week before the game, Van Persie guaranteed a Premier League winners’ medal with a hat-trick against Aston Villa.
He finished the season as top-scorer, while Arsenal’s search for their first title since 2004 goes on.
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (2011)
A depleted Arsenal side were eviscerated by Man Utd in a match in which, deep breath; Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick, Ashley Young netted two and Danny Welbeck, Nani and Ji-Sung Park all notched.
The tiniest shred of dignity was salvaged by Van Persie and Theo Walcott scoring.
Van Persie also had his penalty saved by David de Gea, while Carl Jenkinson saw red.