Michael Carrick admits Arsenal could be spurred on by thoughts of revenge when they face Manchester United on Sunday.
The Premier League giants meet at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since that astonishing 8-2 triumph for United in August.
And the sheer magnitude of the lop-sided scoreline may be a factor in the Gunners' approach.
"Maybe," said Carrick when asked if Arsenal would be out for revenge. "They didn't start the season too well but they are still up there.
"Arsenal against Manchester United is always a massive game. They will want to win and so will we."
United are targeting victory to keep up with rivals Manchester City, who could be six points ahead of the Red Devils if they overcome Tottenham in the earlier game on Sunday.
Carrick added: "Manchester City have done well. You have to give them credit. They set an early pace, had a funny Christmas period, and have now bounced back.
"It's close at the moment, so we want to catch up with them.
"The bar has been raised this year."