Arsenal are in familiar territory. After the shock defeat to West Ham, which actually did not feel that shocking, they must, to borrow the well-worn Arsène Wenger line, show that they have the quality to respond. “It’s how you respond that makes your season,” Wenger said, for the 187th time. Alexis Sánchez is champing at the bit to be unleashed from the start but it will
Louis van Gaal does not wish to suffer a repeat of last season’s opening day defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford yet he enters this match with unwanted headaches. David de Gea will not play because he is distracted by Real Madrid’s interest and to replace his No1 the manager has only the untested Sam Johnstone or Sergio Romero. Bastian Schweinsteiger, his headline cent
Arsène Wenger was eager for his team to pick up where they had left off before the international break, on a sequence of wins, but even in his most optimistic moments he wouldn’t have dared to imagine the sudden blur of startling football that created a chasm between his team and Liverpool.
Having been on the receiving end last season at Anfield, when Arsenal were o
Perhaps Arsene Wenger simply missed the days when this used to be the most bitterly-contested fixture in English football.
Perhaps he regretted the fact that in recent times, there has often been more poison in a Birmingham poodle show than in Manchester United vs Arsenal.
Because he made the shock decision to send out Danny Welbeck as a centre-forw
It is a derby double-header in the Barclays Premier League in Matchweek 24, with Tottenham Hotspur hosting north London rivals Arsenal and Liverpool making the short trip to Merseyside neighbours Everton, and premierleague.com looks at all the key statistics from these two encounters and all of the other eight top-flight matches this weekend.
Can Theo Walcott continue
Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea take on defending champions Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash at Stamford Bridge in Matchweek 23, while third-placed Southampton host Swansea City and Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford.
Hull will look for a rare home win in a match against Newcastle, while West Ham United seek their first BPL win
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Arsenal finally ended their top-four away-day hoodoo with a throughly deserved win against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Santi Cazorla was the star of the show, netting the first goal from the penalty spot after Vincent Kompany was adjudged to have fouled Nacho Monreal
The second half of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League starts with the 10 fixtures all on New Year's Day.
To get you in the mood, here are some stats. Can Gabriel Agbonlahor make Crystal Palace the 33rd side he has scored against in the Barclays Premier League Find out why Robin van Persie is the scourge of Stoke and Spurs' good home record against Chelsea may give Ma
Ahead of Matchweek 17 in the Barclays Premier League, we look at all the key numbers, including Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney looking to continue his impressive record against Aston Villa as they bid to secure their seventh win on the spin, and Liverpool aiming to build on last season's 5-1 win as they search for their third success against Arsenal in 15 attem
Look at all the key numbers as Newcastle United search for their third successive home win against Chelsea, Sergio Aguero aims to keep up his magical Manchester City form in a home encounter with Everton and Manchester United go to Southampton with a strong record of finishing the calendar year in style.
Here are all the key stats ahead of Matchweek 15, and remember y