Although it still quite rightly a huge game for both sets of supporters, our resident Arsenal and Manchester United fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern agree that games between the pair have lost the spark and nastiness that made them such engrossing encounters in recent times.
The fact of the matter is that the fixture has lost the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown and without these characters, this Premier League rivalry has somewhat gone soft on the field.
Off the pitch, the rivalry is still as intense as ever – our landlord can you assure you of that – with the Gunners having taunted our United regulars that they went trophyless under Louis van Gaal last season while Arsene Wenger’s men of course claimed the FA Cup and managed to shake off the fourth place tag that United now possess.
Both the Gunners and Red Devils know that they have to strengthen their ranks this summer in an attempt to get closer to Premier League victors Chelsea who for large periods of last season simply looked unbeatable.
What both sets of supporters here in the tavern both see eye to eye on however is the fact that they could both do with a striker, another midfielder, a centre back and possibly even a goalkeeper each.
With so much strengthening to complete this summer, it is inevtable that the clubs may be trailing after the same targets.
Keeping along this theme, we’ve identified five transfer targets who Arsenal and Manchester United will be fighting over this summer.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 players Arsenal and Manchester United will fight over this summer.