By Kevin Mooney
No one has to tell Arsenal supporters that Sunday's match against Manchester United is anything less than epic. Despite each team's long-standing local rivalries, two of the Premier League's biggest games each year are when Arsenal visits the red side of Manchester and when United come to N5.
Since the beginning of this century, the two teams' record against each other in the League is remarkably close: seven wins for Arsenal, 10 for Manchester United, with seven draws. United has won the FA Cup a record 11 times, and Arsenal is next on the list with 10. Meanwhile, Arsenal and Manchester United are two of only three teams to have ever won the Premier League title more than once.
But for fans in the United States, this game takes on a special significance. For the first time ever, a Barclay's Premier League game will be televised LIVE on US network TV. As part of their Epic Sunday event, FOX will air Arsenal v Manchester United live from 10:30am ET. The NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants will follow later in the day. The tie-in means Arsenal and the Barclay's Premier League have an opportunity to be seen in up to 100 million homes across America.
This marks the second time this season that FOX has aired an Arsenal match in the United States. A tape-delayed broadcast of October's North London derby at White Hart Lane scored a ratings victory, outperforming a similarly delayed broadcast of the Manchester United v Chelsea match on September 18.
As part of this historic coverage, FOX Sports is encouraging fans to take part in the day's events by utilizing the #EpicSunday hashtag on Twitter. The online atmosphere is sure to be lively as athletes and celebrity fans join in as well.
And be sure to check out the FOX Sports Facebook page for all the latest news and commentary on this Epic Sunday.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Jan 2012