Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal vs Manchester United is no longer the fixture it used to be.
The clubs shared the Premier League crown back and forth between 1996 and 2004 and it was once viewed as a title deciding showdown.
Arsenal gradually became less of a force and Manchester United have not challenged for the Premier League since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Since then, Chelsea and Manchester City have shared the title, while Leicester City also miraculously had their moment.
Wenger, who has had his fair share of run-ins with United boss Jose Mourinho, says the fixture has lost some of it’s spark.
Asked if the fixture is still as defining as it once was, the Gunners boss replied: “No, not as much.”
“We are early in the season and during some seasons when I was here it was the final of the championship but that is not the case anymore.
“We have six or seven teams that fight at the top, but it is still a very big game and a very important one.
“It (the history of the fixture) plays a little part because it is two big clubs and that always creates a big game and players know that a lot will be said before and after the game. Of course it has an influence.”