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Hello, welcome to something momentous. This fixture used to be a title decider and then, in the last decade, it became a barometer showing by how far Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal had slid. Now Arsenal arrive at Old Trafford looking to provide yet more evidence of a resurgence under Unai Emery by gaining their first Premier League win at this venue since 2006 – and that, in turn, would intensify the focus on how far United are sliding under José Mourinho.
It is hard to believe United finished second in the Premier League last season, 18 points above Arsenal. Now United are eighth, eight points behind fourth-place Arsenal. That’s a 26-point swing and today’s match is not going to radically alter the underlying causes of that – but it could certainly reinforce them.