Saturday’s clash proved the duo are some way short of what is required.
The big clash in the Premier League on Saturday was Arsenal v Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, which the visitors duly won 2-1.
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However, whereas as 10 years ago this would have been a title decider, there was something very underwhelming about the match in North London.
There is one reason for this; the two teams just aren’t genuine competitors anymore.
Louis van Gaal has openly admitted how poor United were in the first half against the Gunners and in all honesty there was little else the Dutchman could do.
Supposed star striker Robin van Persie summed up how the Red Devils played with a woeful display against his former club, but the 31-year-old wasn’t the only offender.
Goalkeeper David de Gea gave a Man of the Match performance which although is great personally for the Spaniard, is not a good sign for the 13-time Premier League champions.
However, despite playing so badly Man United came away from the capital with all three points and that is a reflection of how poor Arsene Wenger’s men were in front of their own fans.
Alexis Sanchez was tireless as always and Olivier Giroud’s consolation goal was something special, but Wenger’s side are nowhere near competing for top spot anymore.
In fact with sides like Southampton in such good form and Everton improving with each game there is every chance they could even miss out on Champions League football next season.
Times change in football and things move forward and the two former greats are way behind now in terms of domestic dominance.