It’s a big weekend as Arsenal head to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United aren’t in the middle of the title race, which is something their fans may be getting used to, but it’s a huge match for Arsenal’s ambitions and there’s little doubt the Gunners are well up for it.

It may not hold the weight this fixture has had in the past, but Arsène Wenger believes it’s still a special match for fans and players alike.

“Of course because Manchester United are a big club, Old Trafford is a special place and I believe that for every club it remains a special fixture,” said the Arsenal manager.

“I believe against Arsenal the fans and the players will be up for it.”

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Arsène Wenger hasn’t always enjoyed games at Old Trafford, but Arsenal won and drew there in two games last season. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Though United have struggled and have a lot of injuries, this remains a big game in the eyes of most fans. The last two years have seen United’s dominance in the meetings between the sides begin to falter, and Arsenal could tighten their grip over their rivals as well as strengthening their place in the title race with a win on Sunday,

The Gunners are heading to Old Trafford with United on a slight upturn in form, but Arsène Wenger isn’t reading into that too much.


“Honestly I didn’t believe they would lose against Shrewsbury and Midtjylland. It’s always a difficult place to go, Old Trafford, even if they had lost against Midtjylland I would have said it is a difficult game.”

A difficult game and one with a lot riding on it. A win would see Arsenal take a huge step towards the title and people will always love a win at Old Trafford, something which has been far too rare for us during Wenger’s time in charge.

So is this still a special fixture? Of course it is.