Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: Premier League as It Happened
Goals: 3' van Persie, 66' Evra (Man Utd) 90+4' Cazorla (Arsenal)
Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney; van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Nani, Scholes, Powell, Wootton.
Arsenal: Mannone; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos; Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla; Ramsey, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Chamakh.
In a game that never looked like being anything other than easy fare for Manchester United, Old Trafford played host to a comfortable 2-1 home win Saturday.
Arsenal once again looked a little bereft of creative ideas, despite Santi Cazorla getting on the scoresheet in the final minute of stoppage time with a well taken goal.
Robin van Persie and Patrice Evra were the goalscorers for the Red Devils, giving their side a win that (temporarily) sends them top of the Premier League.
Thanks for joining me for today's coverage, and make sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the reaction from an entertaining clash.
90+4'- GOAL ARSENAL!
It's commentator's curse as David de Gea fails to get his clean sheet. Santi Cazorla buries a curling shot into the far corner, but it's too little too late as the final whistle blows before Arsenal can mount one final attack.
Final Score: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal
92'- CHANCE ARSENAL!
Theo Walcott turns neatly and puts a crossing pass into Giroud's feet close to goal. But the Frenchman's shot is well blocked by an advancing de Gea.
No issues with the United keeper's performance today, he's deserved his clean sheet.
90'- Arshavin tries in vain to get involved, but Rafael stands up well to the Russian winger.
For Arsenal, surely the biggest disappointments of the game have to be new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski.
Both had made stunning starts to life in Britain through August and September, but have been metaphorical footnotes on today's game.
87'- It's Arsenal's turn for some indirect passing in front of their opposition.
The away support remain resolute despite the scoreline, they've done their side proud with their defiant cheering today.
85'- United now look to pass out the game as Carrick and Anderson get plenty of touches in the midfield.
If the score remains in United's favour, they'll have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Gunners in all competitions.
82'- Some substitutions made by both coaches as Arshavin replaces the anonymous Podolski and Nani comes on for the slightly disappointing Valencia.
Wayne Rooney and Arshavin are the next to go into Dean's book for late tackles on Walcott and Nani respectively.
80'- ANDERSON GOAL DISALLOWED!
Evans feeds van Persie into space, but his pass into the on-rushing Anderson comes a fraction too late, and the Brazilian's smart finish is ruled out for offside.
78'- Rio Ferdinand cuts out another Arsenal attack with a flying kung-fu volley. He and Jonny Evans have been as sturdy as they've ever been in the United defence today.
76'- Cazorla feeds Walcott down the right channel running away from goal, but the English winger's shot flies harmlessly over de Gea's goal.
Another half chance for Arsenal, but again they fail to look threatening.
74'- Arsenal begin to threaten on the edge of the United box, but there are just too many red shirts packed behind the ball for the Gunners to dissect their opposition.
Considering the ill-feeling that several of these two team's previous clashes have contained, one has to feel that today's game has been played in relatively good spirits.
72'- Anderson is the next to go into the austere Dean's book for a late tackle.
With the goal and then the sending off, this game has been effectively killed off. One can never rule the Gunners out, but the ten men have a mountain to climb now.
69'- RED CARD WILSHERE!
Young Jack Wilshere receives his marching orders for a second yellow card, this time for a late lunge on Patrice Evra.
The midfielder went in high on United's goalscorer, and can have no complaints with Mike Dean's decision.
66'- GOAL UNITED!
It's Patrice Evra of all people who finds the back of the Arsenal net.
Robin van Persie is fed through one-on-one by Young, but his tame shot is saved by Mannone. The resulting corner is pulled back for Rooney, who crosses in to the Frenchman who heads in from close range.
65'- Wilshere crosses deep to the far post, but Vermaelen can't stretch enough to meet it. Good chance for the Gunners to equalise there.
It's end-to-end stuff at the moment as the entertainment factor is ratcheted up another notch.
63'- Anderson plays a raking cross-field ball that looks for a moment to have picked out Ashley Young in the Arsenal box, but the Linesman flags for offside.
The Brazilian was excellent against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup midweek, and will be keen to carry over such form into today.
61'- Antonio Valencia breaks down the right wing, before cutting a pass back that is met by grateful Arsenal defenders.
Anderson has come on for Tom Cleverley meanwhile.
59'- Tom Cleverley slides in late on Jack Wilshere, and is perhaps lucky not to receive what would be his second yellow card.
Van Persie then slides in an hour late on Bacary Sagna and receives a deserved yellow.
58'- Rooney plays a beautiful reverse pass to an attacking Rafael, who cross to an awaiting Evra at the far post.
His pull-back is mishit by Rooney, and a brief spell of pinball in the Arsenal area ends with a United player being called for handball.
56'- A couple of United crosses are repelled by Arsenal heads, and the Gunners immediately seek to counter.
Santos finds some space on the left flank, but the Brazilian full-back thrashes a cross high, wide and handsome.
54'- CHANCE ARSENAL!
Olivier Giroud is fed the ball on a tight angle by Santos deep inside the United area. The Frenchman turns well, but his shot cannons off de Gea's post.
Theo Walcott comes on for Aaron Ramsey as expected, as Arsenal seek to gain momentum.
51'- Theo Walcott is being prepared to come on, most likely for Aaron Ramsey.
United have put unnecessary pressure on themselves by not being able to grab a second. The longer the score remains 1-0, the more nervous they will get.
49'- Ashley Young battles for the ball on the left flank and is able to pull a cross back to Rafael. The Brazilian's shot is muffed, but comes back out to Carrick, who shoots well wide of Mannone's goal.
Two early second half chances for United, and Arsenal look all over the place.
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