Fourteen years ago today, Arsenal headed north to Manchester for a famous matchup with Manchester United. Taking the field at Old Trafford, Arsenal were unbeaten to start the season, having won its first four Premier League matches before drawing a week prior at home against Portsmouth. Manchester United meanwhile had four wins and one loss in that span. [ MORE: ] By way of Arsenal’s FA Cup title and Man United’s Premier League title the year before, the two teams met for the annual Community Shield a month earlier, and the game descended into a physical battle. Five yellow cards were shown, Arsenal substitute Francis Jeffers was shown a red card and defender Sol Campbell was later banned for
Diego Costa will end his stand-off with Chelsea and Antonio Conte by returning to Atletico Madrid in January. The Spain striker helped Atleti to a remarkable LaLiga triumph in 2013-14, having scooped the Copa del Rey the previous season. Costa is far from the first player to have succumbed to the lure of their old club, with plenty of stars having felt it irresistible to go back to what they know.
Former Republic of Ireland manager and captain John Giles claims Arsenal have suffered this season - due to the poor form of three key players. With just two wins from five games, Arsenal currently reside in 12th place in the Premier League, in what has been a faltering start to the season for the Gunners. With disappointing losses to Stoke and Liverpool, Arsenal find themselves well off the pace of the title front-runners in Manchester. Player turned pundit John Giles attributes this poor start to three men in particular. When speaking to OffTheBall, Giles claimed that he saw a vast improvement in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Chelsea due to the omission of Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and former Arsenal