sport news Arsenal rivalry with still crucial

Arsene Wenger has conceded meetings between Arsenal and are no longer the 'final of the championship' but believes the fixture is still crucial to the Premier League.

In and around the turn on the century, Sir Alex Ferguson's United and Wenger's Gunners were the teams to beat in England and took nine consecutive titles between them from 1996 to 2004.

Since then the emergence of teams like Chelsea and Manchester City has seen the two-horse race for the Premier League widen, while Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester can also lay claim to being in the title picture in recent years.

Arsenal and Manchester United will renew their rivalry at the Emirates Stadium this weekend

Arsenal and will renew their rivalry at the Emirates Stadium this weekend

Arsene Wenger admits the rivalry between the two clubs is no longer the title decider

Arsene Wenger admits the rivalry between the two clubs is no longer the title decider

That means the meetings between United and Arsenal are no longer pivotal in deciding the destination of the trophy.

United travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with the Gunners having won the corresponding fixture towards the end of last season - Wenger's first competitive victory over Jose Mourinho coming at the 16th attempt.

They both go into this meeting hoping for a victory in an attempt to keep a hold on the coattails of runaway leaders City.

But Wenger admits the clash is no longer decisive even if he is still keen to get another win over his old foes.

Arsene Wenger's rivalry with Jose Mourinho traverses any of those between the players

Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira added spice to the fixture

Wenger's rivalry with Jose Mourinho traverses any of those between the current players

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