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14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

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Former footballer Andy Woodward -- shown here in December 2016 -- revealed last year that he was abused by a convicted child molester at Crewe Alexandra

Former footballer Andy Woodward -- shown here in December 2016 -- revealed last year that he was abused by a convicted child molester at Crewe Alexandra

Former footballer Andy Woodward -- shown here in December 2016 -- revealed last year that he was abused by a convicted child molester at Crewe Alexandra (AFP Photo/PAUL ELLIS)

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

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FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - December 3, 2017 Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell Action Images/Carl Recine

FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - December 3, 2017 Danny Graham celebrates after he scores Blackburn's second goal Action Images/Carl Recine

FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - December 3, 2017 Danny Graham celebrates after he scores Blackburn's second goal Action Images/Carl Recine

FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - December 3, 2017 Danny Graham celebrates after he scores Blackburn's second goal Action Images/Carl Recine

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