Arsenal vs Man United News and Notes: Wenger, Sir Alex, Mkhitaryan

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Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the first player to score both for and against Manchester United in the same Premier League season, with a 51′ equalizer this afternoon. The Armenian, who switched teams as part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, now has as many goals at Old Trafford this season as a member of the Gunners as he had with the Red Devils this season.

Here is the video footage of the Mkhitaryan goal:

-Between 1996 and 2004, every single Premier League title was won by either United’s Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. Ahead of Wenger’s final trip to Old Trafford as Gunners boss, Fergie paid homage to his grand old rival.

“Although the Premier League started in 1992-93, that rivalry became the highlight of the league season,” Sir Alex told the club’s official magazine United Review.

“Liverpool, without question, is the biggest fixture United ever got involved in, simply because of the history of both clubs — the two most successful clubs in Britain. I love those games, they’re fantastic.

“I know that now the rivalry has changed a bit, with Man City doing well, but these are the games that any Man United player would love to be involved in now: against City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham.

“There are some great clubs and some fantastic competition in the Premier League now, but United against Arsenal was great for the game. It made the Premier League.”

Also ahead of the match, which is currently level at 1 in the late stages, Ferguson handed Wenger a gift of a metal vase in a box on the Old Trafford touchline.

Go here for volume one of our Arsenal-United news and notes.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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