Let’s face it, Arsenal don’t have the best record against Manchester United.

Although the Gunners’ bitter rivalry with the Red Devils kicked up a notch after Arsene Wenger moved to north London in 1996 and became Sir Alex Ferguson’s nemesis, our record against them wasn’t exactly rosy before that.

Even in the late 1800s and United were known as ‘Newton Heath’, we still had trouble beating them.

In total, Arsenal have been beaten by United 96 times compared to the Red Devils’ 82 defeats. We’ve drawn just 47, which shows what kind of matches these run-ins tend to be.

Neither side settles. Obviously, these are mostly pre-Mourinho stats.

Over the last 100 matches, the Gunners have won 31 to United’s 41 and we’ve drawn 27 over all competitions. United have scored 140 goals to our 119.

At home, however, Arsenal have won 10 out of 25 league matches played, while the Red Devils have left with three points seven times and drawn eight.

Considering our impressive form at the Emirates over the last two seasons, hopefully this means we’re in for a positive result on Saturday. Providing Jose Mourinho doesn’t park the bus of course, which might be asking a bit much.

We also scored 36 goals to their 29 at the Emirates.

At Old Trafford, it’s obviously another matter. In the last 25 league matches away from home to United, the Gunners have won just THREE, scoring seven goals, to the home side’s 15 and 41 (!) goals.

At least we’re at home on Saturday…