London: One of the biggest rivalries in football takes place today with Arsenal playing Manchester United in a premiership match. The current league leaders, Arsenal are looking for a 50th consecutive unbeaten game. On the other hand, United, which stands sixth in the premiership, are looking to redeem themselves in what's otherwise been a poor season so far. Goalless draws are generally said to be dull affairs. But that was far from the truth when United played Arsenal at Old Trafford last season. Four Arsenal players were banned and two United players were fined after a free for all brawl broke out at the final whistle. In 12 seasons of the premiership so far, Manchester United have a clear edge with eight titles while Arsenal have just three. But two of those have come in the last three seasons. The head-to-head record in the last 12 premiership seasons has been a lot closer, with 23 games of which United have won nine and Arsenal have won seven, while seven have been draws. The two sides have already met twice in 2004. Arsenal came out on top 3-1 in the Charity Shield in August, a somewhat non-competitive fixture. But in the one that had mattered the most, the FA Cup semi-final in March, a Paul Scholes goal had ended Arsenal's hopes of emulating United's 1999 treble season. United would now like nothing better this time than to deny their biggest rivals a 50th unbeaten game.
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