Big Match

Football: Historic giants Arsenal and Manchester United seeking renewal

Leaky Gunners and inconsistent Red Devils looking to avoid record lows, restore rivalry


For many, it is still the dominant rivalry of the Premier League era, a game defined by Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane, of the club who secured 20 consecutive top-four finishes against the one who ended 22 successive seasons in the top three.

When they meet tonight, the league table shows the scale of their decline. It is 12th against fifth. Or it is now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2020, with the headline 'Historic Giants seeking renewal'. Subscribe