Arsenal will be looking to maintain their position in the top three when they welcome newly-crowned Premier League champions and old rivals Manchester United to the Emirates on Sunday.

However, the spotlight will be on former Gunners talisman and skipper Robin van Persie, who makes his long-awaited return to the Emirates, just days after his hat-trick against Aston Villa clinched a record-breaking 20th league title for Manchester United.

van Persie scored in the reverse fixture

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 4pm BST, with Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Sports 3D, Sky Go and BBC Radio 5 Live providing live coverage in the UK. Watch highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.25pm.


Robin van Persie, who is once again the Premier League's top scorer, is expected to receive a hostile reception from the Arsenal faithful. However, the Dutchman, who scored against the Gunners in the 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, will be equally determined to show the north London outfit what they have missed this season.

United's season is done and dusted but Arsenal's campaign is still hanging in the balance. Arsene Wenger's men are third in the league table, a point clear of London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. And all three sides are racing for the two remaining Champions League qualifying places. The Gunners lead the Blues and Spurs on points but Rafael Benitez has a game in hand.

Nevertheless, Arsenal will be confident of their chances in this game, given they are producing a now customary late-season charge: they've won eight of the last 10 games.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, have lost some of their early season form and momentum and have won just two of their last five games in all competitions. The run includes a home defeat against arch-rivals Manchester City.

However, immediate history favours Sir Alex Ferguson's side in this tie, as they have beaten Arsenal in nine of their last eleven meetings and lost just once. The same fixture last season saw van Persie scoring for the Gunners but United won 2-1, with goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck.

Ahead of the game, Arsenal will be performing the traditional guard of honour for the new champions, something a considerable number of the Emirates supporters are not excited about.

Arsenal v Manchester United

Team Form


  • Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W W
  • Last Match: Fulham 0 - 1 Arsenal

Manchester United

  • Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): W D W L L
  • Last Match: Manchester United 3 - 0 Aston Villa

Team News

Arsenal: Olivier Giroud starts a three-match suspension for a straight red against Fulham last week. This means one of either Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott will lead Wenger's attack. Mikel Arteta picked up an ankle injury last week but the Spaniard is expected to feature. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (rib) is still sidelined and midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Probable Line-up: (4-2-3-1) Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Wilshere; Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla; Podolski

Manchester United: Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns. Paul Scholes (knee) and Ashley Young (ankle) remain sidelined and long-term absentee Darren Fletcher (illness) also misses out. The Scot has promised to field a strong XI against United's old rivals despite clinching the title. However, Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans, whoplayed through injuries against Villa, could be rested and the likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are expected to come into the line-up.

Probable Line-up: (4-2-3-1) de Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Jones, Cleverley; Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa; van Persie