ASK Arsenal or Manchester United followers who their direct rivals are and neither would counsel the opposite.
But a rivalry and endures and for that motive solely 13 gamers have ever performed for each golf equipment.
That’s simply one of many causes the proposed swap deal between the 2 golf equipment, which can see Alexis Sanchez transfer to Outdated Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to the Emirates Stadium, is such a giant deal.
With that in thoughts, we requested our pals at Soccer Whispers to trawl the archives and discover the 13 gamers to have worn the crimson of United and Arsenal.
Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 objectives); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 objectives)
The Hamilton-born ahead started his profession with Stockport County earlier than shifting to Highbury in 1954 the place he loved a fruitful seven-year stint.
Nonetheless, Herd didn’t win something with the Gunners and that was not rectified till he signed for Sir Matt Busby’s United, persevering with his tremendous type in entrance of objective in addition to lifting the European Cup, two titles, the FA Cup and Charity Protect.
Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 objectives); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 objective)
One other Scot, centre-half Ure moved to Arsenal from Dundee in 1963 and spent six seasons with the Gunners.
Regardless of racking up greater than 200 appearances he struggled for his greatest type and was bought to Manchester United in 1969. After two years at Outdated Trafford he returned north to hitch Motherwell.
Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, zero objectives); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, zero objectives)
Understudy to legendary United keeper Alex Stepney for 9 years, Rimmer couldn’t dislodge the person between the sticks and moved to Swansea on mortgage.
That spell in South Wales earned him a transfer to Arsenal the place he served as No.1 for 3 years and gained an England cap in 1976.
Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 objectives); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 objectives)
Equally effectively remembered for his stint as Arsenal supervisor during which he gained two league titles, Graham was a tremendous ahead in his day, becoming a member of the Gunners from Chelsea in 1966.
He moved on to Manchester United in 1972 having gained Division One and FA Cup double, and clinched the Inter-Metropolis Festivals Cup a 12 months prior. He was not as profitable at United, although.
Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 objectives); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 objectives)
Regardless of now being on Manchester Metropolis’s teaching workers, the previous ahead is best-known for his time at United, scoring as United gained the 1968 European Cup and later serving as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant.
Kidd moved on to Highbury in 1974 and averaged a objective each three video games earlier than switching to Manchester Metropolis.
Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 objectives); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 objectives)
All Stapleton needed to present for a decade with the Gunners was the 1979 FA Cup, during which he scored in opposition to his future employers.
Having scored greater than 100 objectives in 300 outings for the North Londoners, he moved to United searching for silverware.
In his second season at Outdated Trafford the Dubliner clinched the FA Cup and Charity Protect earlier than scooping one other FA Cup two years later. He stayed for six years earlier than becoming a member of Ajax.
Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 objectives); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, Four objectives)
Arguably greatest identified for being England’s first black worldwide, Anderson achieved the majority of his success in his profession underneath Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.
Having traded Forest for Arsenal in 1984 he added one other FA Cup winners’ medal to his assortment earlier than shifting on to United in 1987 to change into Ferguson’s first signing.
Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (zero apps)
The picture of the Scotland keeper lacking his entrance tooth is the enduring reminiscence of Leighton’s profession having adopted Ferguson south from Aberdeen to United.
An FA Cup and Charity Protect winner underneath Fergie, Leighton moved to Arsenal on mortgage in 1991 with out taking part in.
Manchester United 1982-1985 (zero apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 objectives)
It’s simple to neglect the previous England captain’s profession began at Manchester United. Having turned professional at Outdated Trafford he left for Crewe Alexandra the place he was picked up by Aston Villa.
Platt spent three years in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria earlier than returning to England to win the Premier League in his ultimate season with the Gunners.
Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, zero objectives); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 objectives)
Cole’s Arsenal spell comprised simply two outings earlier than he was bought to Bristol Metropolis. Picked up by Newcastle United’s ‘Entertainers’, he joined Ferguson’s aspect in 1995.
In six goal-laden years at Outdated Trafford, Cole struck up a lethal partnership with Dwight Yorke, successful the Treble, in addition to fourth additional league titles, one other FA Cup and the Charity Protect.
Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 objectives); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 objectives)
Picked up from Inter Milan in 1999, Silvestre was by no means a mainstay throughout a nine-year stint at Outdated Trafford however made greater than 350 appearances and gained 11 honours.
Offered to Arsenal in 2008, the French worldwide couldn’t recapture his greatest type and, after two disappointing seasons, was bought to Werder Bremen.
Robin van Persie
Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 objectives); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 objectives)
A hot-headed left winger when he joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004, van Persie finally turned one of many Premier League’s most deadly forwards, bagging 37 objectives in his ultimate marketing campaign on the Emirates.
Snapped up by United for £22.5m forward of Ferguson’s ultimate marketing campaign, the Dutchman scored 30 occasions in all competitions to win his first and solely Premier League title.
Manchester United 2007-2014 (142 apps, 29 objectives); Arsenal 2014-present (91 apps, 22 objectives)
A product of United’s academy, Welbeck was one in all a number of younger gamers Ferguson hoped would change into the spine of the Crimson Devils aspect for years to come back.
Accidents ensured that didn’t fairly occur and in 2014 Welbeck was controversially bought to Arsenal by Louis van Gaal. The identical health points have blighted his keep in North London.
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