On The Ball: Arsenal's revival faces sternest test yet in Man United

As Arsenal and Manchester United meet at Old Trafford, both carry a sense of renewal from their old rivalry. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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It is over a decade since Manchester United and Arsenal was the biggest rivalry in English football. Perhaps the moment that status was surrendered was when Arsene Wenger reluctantly allowed Robin van Persie to sign for Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2012.

Van Persie fired United to the following season's Premier League title, but since Ferguson retired after that, his club have been nowhere near a title.

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