Manchester United 2 - 1 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 03/11/2012 KO: 12:45 Ref: M Dean Att: 75,492

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Man Utd

Robin van Persie 3
Patrice Evra 67



Santi Cazorla 90+5

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • No time for a restart, and United go top of the table with a 2-1 victory over an Arsenal side who couldn't muster a shot on target until stoppage time. Not a classic, but job done for the Red Devils who now have 24 points from 10 games. Arsenal nine points back in sixth.

  • GOAL - CAZORLA! Consolation for Arsenal with the last kick of the game, and it's a stunning goal from Cazorla, bending the ball inside the far post from the edge of the area.

  • Arsenal seeing a lot of the ball in added time, but it's all futile now.

  • Great chance for Arsenal to set up a grandstand finish in stoppage-time, and finally a save for De Gea to make as he denies Giroud from close-range.

  • Four minutes of stoppage time at Old Trafford. Still, I suppose, time for Arsenal to do something miraculous...

  • Van Persie gets an arm in the face contesting a high ball with Arteta. The Arsenal man picks up a booking. Seven players cautioned in this game to go with the red card for Wilshere.

  • Into the final minute at Old Trafford. Not one of the classic encounters between these two, but United have been good enough against a subdued and disappointing Arsenal side.

  • Van Persie's corner is headed clear and Cazorla has the chance to launch a counter-attack for Arsenal. A chance he does not take.

  • Mertesacker alert to the danger as United break through Anderson, and gets the ball behind for a corner.

  • Giroud tries his luck from 30 yards but his shot is blocked.

  • Good work again from Mannone to gather the ball after Anderson ghosts past Arteta in midfield and looks to slide the ball through for the run of Nani.

  • Mannone off his line smartly to prevent Van Persie latching on to a throughball.

  • Rooney's corner comes to nothing.

  • A rather more impressive first contribution from Nani, firing over a cross from the right that Mertesacker does well to head behind with Van Persie lurking.

  • Arshavin's first contribution is to chop down a charging Rafael and add to the growing collection of cards in this match.

  • Substitutions from both sides as Nani replaces Valencia and Arshavin replaces Podolski.

  • Rooney rudely halts an attempted Arsenal break on halfway with a trip on Arteta and becomes the latest player to receive a caution.

  • United have the ball in the net again, and it's beautifully worked. But the linesman cares not for craft and raises the flag to deny Anderson, who was a fraction ahead of the ball when Van Persie squared for him to slot home after the Dutchman had been superbly played in by Evans.

  • Promising position comes to nothing for United as Valencia cuts inside from the right and finds himself in a blind alley.

  • Van Persie lashes home after being found by Rooney's lofted pass, but he's rightly flagged offside.


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