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FA Cup: Iwobi targets Solskjær’s down fall

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi will be aiming to end Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United unbeaten run as Arsenal host the Red Devils in today’s (Friday) mouth-watering FA Cup clash at Emirates Stadium.

The Nigeria international has been an integral part of Unai Emery’s team since his arrival in the summer, scoring thrice in 28 appearances in all competitions.

With Arsenal exiting the EFL Cup when they faced Tottenham Hotspur last month, the FA Cup and Europa League provide the North London outfit with their only other opportunities to add a trophy to their cabinet.

These sides have met on 14 previous occasions in the FA Cup, eliminating each other seven times apiece (including final victories) – neither side has been knocked out by another team more often.

This will mark just the third time Arsenal have hosted Man United in the world’s oldest club cup competition, though, with the other two matches ending in victory – 5-0 in January 1937 and 2-1 in February 1988.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last three meetings with the Gunners overall, winning both league matches last season and playing out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last month, shortly before Mourinho was axed.

The two sides are level on points in the Premier League (44 points) and there is little between them in terms of their FA Cup pedigree. This competition has been kind to Arsenal and United down the years, but only one of them can make it through on Friday night.

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