It is a fixture which has produced many classics. It is one which has seen many records made and broken; duels (personal and professional) won and lost. In 2004, when Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to face-off against Manchester United, they had a 49-game unbeaten run to boast of. In that game a young Wayne Rooney inspired United to a 2-0 win, breaking Arsenal's long unbeaten streak.
On Monday, when Arsenal visit Old Trafford in the English Premier League, it is Manchester United carrying a 20-game unbeaten run and Arsenal the ones attempting to break it. The usual pre-match mind games were long underway, and United's left back, Patrice Evra, made an especially spicy dig at Arsenal, claiming they were little more than a football training centre. This led to Arsenal's in-form central midfielder, Samir Nasri, to say, We are not children and we will demonstrate that on Monday. We will show Manchester United that Arsenal have really grown.