Premier League - Matchpack: Manchester United v Arsenal

Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.

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TEAM NEWS

Striker Danny Welbeck, suffering with a knee injury, is the only player not in contention for Manchester United, who hope to have the likes of Jonny Evans, Rafael, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley available.

Arsenal will check on the fitness of England midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle). Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is set to return to full training following his groin injury and so could feature at Old Trafford. Theo Walcott (abdominal surgery), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) remain sidelined.

MANAGER QUOTES

David Moyes on Ashley Young's diving: "The question is loaded towards the player. That is wrong. The question should be 'did the referee get the decision right or not'. He was two yards away from it. For me, where I was, I definitely thought it was a penalty. Everybody can now stand back and watch it from TV. I was one of many who said I would definitely have retrospective action for diving because it would make the referees job much better. But on the night, if you had said, could you get the referee any closer, I don't think you could."

Arsene Wenger: "We cannot come to the conclusion that we are in a position where we can relax - we have a lot more to achieve. We have won nothing at all, we have just won two games, and what is important is what we achieve in the future. The defensive urgency, the defensive focus of everybody from the first to the last minute [has improved]. You couldn't feel in the Dortmund game that our concentration level dropped at any moment. For the first time from the first to the last minute our concentration was at a very high level."

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United have lost only one of their last nine encounters with Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League (W6 D2).

Arsenal have won at Old Trafford three times in the Barclays Premier League era and have won the title in two of those seasons (97-98 & 01-02).

Robin van Persie has scored in the last four Barclays Premier League encounters between these two sides (two for each club).

Arsenal are the only side to have scored in all 10 of their Barclays Premier League games this season.

Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Barclays Premier League goals versus Arsenal; against no side has he netted more.

Rooney’s first Premier League goal, his first Premier League goal for Man Utd and his 100th Premier League goal all came against the Gunners.

Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Arsenal failed to register a shot on target in their last PL game at Old Trafford until the 92nd minute (Nov 2012, ended game with two).

The last time that Arsenal failed to have a shot on target in a PL game was on 21st September 2003, also against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

No side has won more points from losing positions than Manchester United in the Premier League this season (6). In 2012-13, United won 29 points from losing positions – a league-high

Arsenal have won only two of their last 16 Premier League games played in the late slot on Sundays (excludes final day games).

MATCH ODDS

Man Utd 27/20, Arsenal 11/5, Draw 5/2.

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