Friday night lights for United FA Cup clash

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Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester United will take place at the Emirates on 25 January at 7.55pm. The match will be broadcast in the UK on the BBC.

The Gunners were drawn against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side following last week’s 3-0 win against Blackpool.

In the cup, our record against the Red Devils isn’t too shabby. As Opta Joe points out, no club has eliminated them from the FA Cup more times, seven in total.

That said, of the 15 ties played, they’ve won seven as well and there’s been a single draw – the 1st leg of the ’99 semi-final.

The two sides are also the most decorated in the competition’s history. We lead the way with 13 trophies to United’s 12.

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Jack
Jack

Wow, last time we played a match on a Friday night was Laca’s PL debut where he scored after a minute

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

And Giroud’s late, great header secured us the 3 points. Still miss that man, even though he’d hardly get a look in with our current strikers.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Pretty sure the 3-3 Arsenal Liverpool game last season was on a Friday too

martin
martin

Don’t forget our greatest ever match at Anfield in 1989 was on a Friday night

Hamburg Gooner
Hamburg Gooner

And the 5-0 against Leeds 2004 with Thierry´s masterclass ..

EnaiUmery
EnaiUmery

We’re still Gunna beat them! Make it 8 wins!
A broke man is an angry man. COYG!

Serpent
Serpent

Too bad Danny can’t play. Would’ve loved to see him replicate his celebration from the OT game a few years ago…

Nketibag
Nketibag

Not having Danny is going to cost us 6-8 points this season. I can just feel it. Such a shame

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

We are the Friday night Burton! 😂😂😂 Seriously tho,I’ll be chuffed if the scoreline is under 5-0,can’t take another dose of what Liverpool gave us at Anfield.Bar is lowered,hope the boys don’t make me regret even that 😬😢

Killak
Killak

Wow!

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

Your avatar looks like a cock & balls. Fitting with that comment.

Devlin
Devlin

Loved that performance at Old Trafford in 14/15. It was controlled and dominant on a ground that we have failed several times to stamp our authority. Carzola, Sanchez and Ozil were magnificent on the day.

I wonder why we did not use that game as a template for the rest of our season. Looking forward to this game though, hope we can play to our players full potential rather than sitting back.

Alex
Alex

I thought Özil is never good against the big 6. Oh, yes, United wasn’t in the big 6 then. Or?

Aaron
Aaron

We always had once-a-season template performance and that has always been the problem. CONSISTENCY.
The 3-0 against the Mancs at the emirates when Theo had the performance of his lifetime, the 2-0 against the oil barons at the etihad all come to mind. Gosh, the airlines I keep mentioning as though they are stadium names, lol.

Shank

You cud have edited RVP out of that picture like he is out of everything Arsenal!

Tomasi
Tomasi

Thats mesut

Aaron
Aaron

If Cashley can be around, so can the treacherous man inside that little boy.

Alex
Alex

So great to see behind Danny, Mesut and Santi. What a pair it was…

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Well looking forward to this. Love that it’s on the BBC, something quite charming about it being on good ol’ terrestrial telly.

Friday night as well, few beers and that. Decent.

Imagine we beat Chelsea the next Saturday then win this one…

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yes, you can almost see the Arsenal Gent hunting for the remote control for his 26″ Bang and Olufsen.
Poor bugger’s going to be rather put out when he finds out the hard way that analogue TV is no more.

Chiza
Chiza

Oh cazorla and ozil…what a combination in midfield….look at the joy they feel together….smiling together,celebrating together…..ozil never got himself again after cazorla injury

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Massive stiffy right now.

KingEboue
KingEboue

Off topic but how horrible was that blue away kit? Adidas can’t come soon enough.

AaWee
AaWee

That game at OT has to be my favorite from 14/15 season, along with Santi masterclass at Etihad and the 4-1 against Liverpool. Winning the cup got me quite hopeful for the following season. Sigh.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Sour grapes, but a bit unfair that last time we played Utd in the cup BBC made 8,000 of us travel to Manchester on a Monday night with a reduced train service, when this time round Utd fans get to tag a nice weekend in London to their trip.

I suppose most Utd fans live in London or the home counties anyway so the trip in kinda irrelevant, but still.

Devlin
Devlin

After Carzola left, Ozil was left with a really unbalanced midfield to work with. His stats alongside Santi and even Arteta were incredible, but after Santi left, he had to start coming deeper to help transition play from defence to midfield, the from midfield to the attack. Ramsey and Xhaka, as good as they are as individuals, they just didn’t offer the team the platform that our forwards or defence needed to really thrive.

Carzola needs greater appreciation. Ozil wouldn’t have the stats he has if it wasn’t for Carzola and Arteta. Just goes to show how the team as a whole can make work in tandem and get the most out of its parts, rather than the play we have witnessed since Carzola got injured. Ozil actually played higher up, with more freedom. Now the team needs him to come deeper, help control possession and still create.

This team is just not built to help him thrive how Santi and Arteta allowed him to, as well as Xabi and Khedira did at Real. We had two of the most incredible midfielders I have ever seen in Santi and Arteta. They are legends to me. They taught me more about football than any other players I have watched. True world class talents that become better when measured against current players, not just at Arsenal, but globally. Santi esspessially, he is the most talented player I have ever seen.

Devlin
Devlin

I really miss Santi. I started watching Villarreal just for him. Such a joy to watch and an infectious smile, he gave me the joy of watching Ronaldinho.

I love Santi guys.

santori
santori

Wenger unearthed a gem there. Two footed genius who could hold the ball in midfield for us.

We miss this sort of player.

Contrary to what some people like to inflate, Torreira is not as capable as Santi.

Probably the reason why Unai is interested in the potential of Dennis Suarez.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

At the same time, isn’t this why Ozil is called a luxury player?

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

I remember watching Ozil’s best XI. He put Santi out of all the world class midfield he played with. I think looking at Denis Suarez, I can see a bit of Santi in the way he dribles. I hope he’s the signing that makes everything clicks.

santori
santori

Once again making excuses for the “new regime”.

Sanheli and Mslintat have been in charge for quite a while now.

Last January they made a big mistake selling Alexis instead to United and laying us prey to Raiolla’s dictates. We ended up with another ex-Dortmund player Mhkitaryan in a position we did not need reinforcement.

We also neglected to extend Ramsey instead funneled funds to Mhki’s salary.

On top of that, we let Mahrez go…eventually to City late on in window whenw e were in need of a wide player and the Algerian was looking for a move.

It wasn’t any fault of Wenger or Law.

Now we have several opportunities in front of us with BOTH Dennis and Carrasco looking for moves.

A bird in hand or two.

Instead conveniently some prefer to make excuses to what they want to see as an improvement in transfer team.

Eagerly these same voices purport we have some sort of long term gain with the promise of better palyers in the summer.

Yet we are PRECARIOUSLY off top 4 with United breathing down our neck.

Poor results in recent weeks have shown the limits of the squad in hand that Emery has to work with.

And this goes beyond the usual facile demonization of Mustafi since the German was not featured in and against Soton, BHA and Liverpool to perform his otherwise fabled mistakes.

You have to wonder what people are watching. Torreira made 5 give aways in the centre of the pitch ending in 3 goals against during that period …which had it been Granit there would be usual howls of derision.

Yet the claim is we are in good hands and we are looking for long term gains abstaining this January.

What long term gains would that be when we are outside top 4 for 3rd season consecutive because we failed to reinforce properly to sustain our remainder of this season?

That would narrow down the pool of top end players willing to come to us. Famously reluctant to pay higher prices, do you honestly think we will find value in market in the summer having to reinforce in other positions as well?

Wake up and smell the coffee as they say.

We are not in great hands with Sanheli/Mslintat.

We did NOT fix our Cback issue last summer. Sokratis has been OK at best, Lichsteiner a waste of time band aid (AGAIN)

Sure we added Torreira and Guendouzi but Dick Law also signed Koscielny and Santi Carzola.

The manager currently has been in job for half a season now and is more likely not to abstain as much from adding his conviction into what we need in market.

BUT Mslintat and Sanheli seem to have a disconnect to what we actually need in the squad and this has been going on BEFORE Emery took charge.

Stop blaming Wenger.

We are still practising bad habits and its not because of some Ancien Regime.

Its the current transfer team (Likely with the prodding of the owner) that have us in this state of mediocrity.

If we don’t get any loans through this January, don’t expect to be miraculously buying from the top shelf in the summer. Pipe dream.

santori
santori

Some report that Juve are purportedly willing to send Benatia the other way to us for Ramsey.

Frankly don’t see that happening. Good defender but too old to tie down to long term contract.

We should be looking at a younger asset if anything we should have not been so pennywise pound foolish last summer signing Sokratis and Lichsteiner.

We should frankly also revisit Ramsey’s contract rather than be so haughty in attitude.

Mslintat/Sanheli should have extended him last January when we had the chance.

Instead they brought in Mhkitaryan another pass and play type like Ozil and Ramsey when we could have done with Mahrez.

If Juve are offering 140k per week over 5 years, surely there is room for us to improve on the bid say 150K for a shorter duration but with a sweetener added.

Don’t understand the thinking. I’d prefer to sign (the younger) Ramsey to compete with Ozil and sell Mhkitaryan this summer.

Aside from age, Brexit issues may make finding a local player of this calibre for us very difficult for price in the near future. This is again short sighted thinking on part of the current transfer team.

GraeB
GraeB

1999 still grates my soul! If only Denis had stuck the penalty away Manure would not have won League, Cup and CL – it was such a turning point for the whole season when we would have had another double.

(The 1979 roller coaster victory over-shadows other semi-final defeats that I had to witness. )