Manchester United and Arsenal have been rivals for long in the Premier League. And it is always not easy for club rivals to share or sell players from one side to another. But it happened between the Red Devils and the North London side.
Today, we focus on nine players who were lucky or bold enough to play for both rivals. Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal is the most recent, take a look at other seven.
8. Mikael Silvestre
French defender Mikael Silvestre joined Manchester United in 1999. The former France international helped the Red Devils lifts all trophies available in the club level. Silvestre won Uefa Champions League in 2008, multiple League titles, FA Cup and League Cups. He scored 6 goals in 249 appearances.
In 2008, he made a shock move to Arsenal. Silvestre made 26 appearances in 2 years scoring only 3 goals. He was already finished football-wise. The former centre-back never really had any success at Emirates.
7. Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck has scored several times against his former team Manchester United. The biggest goal he has scored so far since leaving Old Trafford was in FA Cup quarter-finals three years ago. He celebrated after netting the crucial goal and Red Devils fans were not happy.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said he was a massive scoop from bitter rivals but that has not been the case. The England striker has netted only 27 goals in 105 appearances for the Gunners. He scored 29 goals in 142 matches during his time in Manchester. He won a number of trophies among them Premier League title, League Cup, Community Shield and FIFA Club World Cup. This weekend, he will want to punish his former club once more.
6. George Graham
I've been an @Arsenal fan since I was a baby, attending my first match against @SpursOfficial at 3 years old. I've only ever known two managers, George Graham and Arsene Wenger, Arsene transformed us from being very defensive to playing unquestionably the most beautiful football
— Henry Joseph-Grant (@speirin) April 20, 2018
Arsenal can claim George Graham is their legend because he achieved more with them than Manchester United. Graham played 227 times for the Gunners scoring 60 goals as compared to 43 matches and 2 goals for the Red Devils. He also played for Chelsea, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace but it is North London that is close to his heart to date.
The Scotsman joined the Gunners in 1966 until 1972, switched to Old Trafford for two years then moved to Portsmouth in 1974.
5. Brian Kidd
Real Madrid European Nights: 1968 semi-final, Madrid 3 Man United 3. Brian Kidd wins a header. pic.twitter.com/l1t4BbIDm5
— Beyond The Last Man (@BeyondTLM) January 6, 2014
Manchester City assistant boss enjoyed his best years at Manchester United, He played 203 matches for the Red Devils scoring 52 goals. He played 94 matches scoring 44 times for his current employer. However, between 1974 and 1976 Brian netted 30 goals in 77 appearances for Arsenal.
Kidd will be claimed by Old Trafford because he actually scored in the famous 1968 Uefa Champions League final. The Reds demolished Benfica 4-1 to become the first British team to win the coveted title but all the headlines went to Bobby Charlton and the amazing George Best. Kidd was only 19 years at the time.