Before today, Arsene Wenger claimed Cesc Fabregas was “50-50” to play in Saturday’s clash, but he has just been confirmed as unavailable. After undergoing tests today for a hamstring injury he picked up against Celtic, he has been ruled out from facing us.

How much of an impact will this have?

08/09
Arsenal won 2-1 at the Emirates. Fabregas played 90 minutes.
United won 1-0 at Old Trafford. Fabregas played 90 minutes. CL
United won 3-1 at the Emirates. Fabregas played 90 minutes. CL
0-0 draw at Old Trafford (United won the league). Fabregas played 90 minutes.

07/08
2-2 at the Emirates. Fabregas scored and played 90 minutes.
United won 4-0 at Old Trafford. Fabregas played 70 minutes (3-0). FA Cup.
United won 2-1 at Old Trafford. Fabregas played 90 minutes.

06/07
Arsenal won 1-0 at Old Trafford. Fabregas played 90 minutes.
Arsenal won 2-1 at the Emirates. Fabregas played 90 minutes.

05/06
0-0 at the Emirates. Fabregas played 80 minutes.
United won 2-0 at Old Trafford. Fabregas played 69 minutes (1-0).

It seems as though Fabregas hasn’t really been a crucial factor in whether Arsenal beat us or lose to us. In the 11 games he has played against us, United have won 5 and Arsenal have won 3.

However, since Fabregas broke in to the team in 2005, Arsenal have never beaten us without him playing for the entire match.




------------
The RoM Manchester United 2022-23 season preview is now available for just £6. It includes exclusive interviews with Patrice Evra and Kleberson, articles from the country's best football writers about our expectations for the season ahead and our brightest talents, as well as proposed transfer business and which youth players to keep an eye out for. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.