Tonight sees Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium for a pivotal game in what has been an unusual season for both sides.
United, so used to being at the top of the tree, a team that had an inevitability about them every time they pushed for that late winner, are now a shell of their former selves.
Arsenal on the other hand, were a team that wasn’t just always the bridesmaid, but more of a flower girl, content with qualifying for the Champions League season on season – a club which rarely dipped into their swelling coffers to buy their way to success. That was until Mesut Ozil.
And both are now experiencing differing fortunes. While Arsenal have often lead the way in the Premier League this season, Manchester United have bumbled from disaster to disaster, culminating in the 2-2 draw with bottom of the pile Fulham last time out.
But it’s not all rosy at Arsenal. After getting hammered by Liverpool and failing to make any additions in the January transfer window apart from an injured Kim Kallstrom, people are starting to question their ability to make a real title push.
Which is all the more reason why tonight’s game is so important for both sides. An Arsenal win and their season is back on track, while United fans will find it increasingly hard to defend David Moyes. On the other hand, a United win and dour Scot Mark II will buy himself some time, while Wenger will rue not breaking the bank in January to sure up their tilt at the Premier League.
And a draw? Well there’s only been two draws in the last 10 Premier League matches between these two, but if that does happen tonight, we’ll be no closer to an answer.
If you can’t wait till kick off, here’s our big question of the day for you to get involved with: Is David Moyes the right man for the Manchester United job?