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It’s hard to see how Arsenal could have started the season any better; the Gunners are first in the league after collecting 25 of a possible 30 points and they currently sit atop Group F in the UEFA Champions League. Ten games in to the Premier League campaign and they are yet to face one of the big three, but that all changes on Monday morning (AEST) with a visit to Old Trafford for a clash with Manchester United .

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for new manager David Moyes since he stepped in to the considerably big shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils are eight points off the pace in the league, but they have taken 10 points from their last four premiership fixtures. They have been good without being great in the Champions League, but the scoreless draw with Real Sociedad midweek was enough to keep them in pole position in Group A.

Arsenal should have the services of Mathieu Flamini for the trip north after he missed a couple of weeks with a groin problem. Jack Wilkshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (stomach) are unlikely to return, while Olivier Giroud is racing against the clock to be fit after sustaining a knee problem in the 1-0 midweek victory over Borussia Dortmund.

United could have Rafael, Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick available for the clash after all three missed the Champions League match this week. Arsenal hasn’t won on its last six trips to Old Trafford in the league and the north Londoners have picked up just one point in that time. The run includes an 8-2 massacre in 2011. 

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