Revealed! Your Premier League club's bogey team

There's always that one fixture on the calendar fans fear more than the rest. Robert O'Connor unveils the chief tormentors of each top-flight team....

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Manchester United: English football’s most successful league side have been a thorn for most clubs, but always seem to up their game when Arsenal are in town. The Gunners have won just three times in the league at Old Trafford in 26 years, and took until 1998 to register a Premier League goal there. Stoke on the other hand, classically seen as the Gunners’ bogey team, have triumphed only four times in 16 Premier League meetings.

Wenger Fergie

At Old Trafford, Fergie got the better of his great rival Wenger more often than not

Aston Villa

Arsenal: When Aston Villa beat Arsenal 3-2 at Villa Park in December 1998 it gave them a comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League – but their world has changed a lot since then. Three wins in 36 meetings followed, although Villa will likely get some respite next season during their probable Championship sabbatical.


Regular rivalries have been few and far between for the Cherries as they’ve raced through the leagues

Leeds and Sheffield United: Regular rivalries have been few and far between for the Cherries as they’ve raced through the leagues; likewise matches against bigger sides. Yorkshire seems to have been particularly cursed territory for Bournemouth, though, having registered just two wins in almost 30 games against Leeds and Sheffield United.


Manchester City: Since the financial revolution at City, Chelsea have been routinely exposed to a taste of their own medicine by the team from Eastlands. They've been beaten nine times in six years, and their rivalry has quickly become the focal point of the Premier League title narrative.

Crystal Palace

Arsenal: Crystal Palace first faced Arsenal in 1934, losing 7-0 at Highbury in the FA Cup third round. Since then there have been another 37 meetings between the two, with the Eagles winning just three – most recently a 2-1 win at Highbury in October 1994. In fact, Palace have lost six in a row since Aki Riihilahti’s equaliser salvaged a point for Iain Dowie’s team at Selhurst Park in 2004.