Van Gaal and Wenger braced for night of nerves in sides' biggest meeting for six years

When the illustrious reign of Arsene Wenger is ultimately reflected upon, one opponent will feature prominently: Manchester United. The Red Devils have proved the Frenchman’s most epochal opponents. This is particularly true of the first half of his tenure, a period in which Arsenal vs Manchester United ties were often season definers.

The saga began in March 1998 when the Gunners arrived at Old Trafford unbeaten in nine games and in increasingly sanguine fettle. Eleven minutes from time, Marc Overmars outpaced Gary Neville and slotted home the winner to spark raucous celebrations among the travelling clan.

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