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Aaron Ramsey challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Ramsey is booked. Luis Nani produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Aaron Ramsey.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Andrey Arshavin, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Michael Owen comes on in place of Michael Carrick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Fabio Da Silva. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball.
Jack Wilshere fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick. Fabio Da Silva receives a yellow card.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Emmanuel Eboue joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Alex Song is given a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from left channel, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Nemanja Vidic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani.
The referee gives a free kick against Aaron Ramsey for handball. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Ji-Sung Park. Javier Hernandez leaves the field to be replaced by Dimitar Berbatov. Luis Nani crosses the ball, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Antonio Valencia sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Rio Ferdinand. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Sebastien Squillaci coming on for Johan Djourou.
Andrey Arshavin challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ji-Sung Park on Bacary Sagna. Caution for Ji-Sung Park. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Aaron Ramsey fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Man Utd.Assist by Robin van Persie.
Antonio Valencia joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.
Alex Song challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Jack Wilshere. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Bacary Sagna produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short.
The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Luis Nani is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Patrice Evra has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Strike comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri.
Gael Clichy challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Luis Nani, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney.
Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Wayne Rooney booked. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.
Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Samir Nasri sends in a cross.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri.
Centre by Theo Walcott.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Handball decision goes against Wayne Rooney. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.
Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Aaron Ramsey gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson played to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samir Nasri. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
Jack Wilshere produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The referee blows for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.
Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Luis Nani on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
Shot by Theo Walcott from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Header from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Effort on goal by Jack Wilshere from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Gael Clichy. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
No place for Vermaelen
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has returned to action from a long-term Achilles injury with the reserves, but will not be rushed back into the first-team squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against leaders Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.
The Belgian centre-half has not featured since the end of August, but played the whole of Thursday night's goalless second XI game against United at Old Trafford.
Midfielder Abou Diaby (calf) misses out again, but Czech winger Tomas Rosicky could be available after illness.
Johan Djourou has called for Arsenal to put the record straight and show the character of champions by beating United.
The Gunners have seen their own title hopes suffer a fatal blow following a run of only one win from the last seven league games.
Arsenal - now facing a battle to secure third place and automatic Champions League qualification ahead of FA Cup finalists Manchester City - have not won in front of their own fans since beating Stoke 1-0 on February 23.
Swiss defender Djourou, however, believes there is no better time to get back to winning ways than by halting United's drive towards the title.
"We know our record at home has not been that great lately, because we drew too many games, but we want to put things in order at home," Djourou told Arsenal TV Online.
"When Arsenal play our game, no-one can stop us so we have to keep going and fight for each other, to give everything, that is where the difference is.
"We have done well against the big teams at home, and United are a great team - but we just have to show everyone we are better than them."
Dimitar Berbatov returns to the United squad.
Berbatov has missed three games with a minor groin strain but is expected to be handed a starting spot as United look to end Arsenal's lingering title challenge.
Paul Scholes serves the final game of a three-match ban, whilst Darren Fletcher (virus) is expected to be available for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final decider with Schalke.
Michael Owen will be making no apologies for collecting a Premier League title medal with pride should United complete their record 19th championship triumph.
United head to Arsenal knowing victory will nudge them to the very brink of an historic achievement as Liverpool are finally "knocked off their perch", as Sir Alex Ferguson promised when he arrived at Old Trafford in 1986.
For Owen, it would represent the first league medal of his illustrious career, and leave him with only the Champions League to complete an entire set.
As he still requires one more appearance to qualify automatically, and only one of his nine contributions came from a place in the starting line-up, the 31-year-old accepts there are others far more deserving of the honour.
However, he also knows there were times earlier in his career when he made more significant contributions to silverware successes, which is why there will be such a spring in his step if he gets the chance to collect the Premier League trophy.
"There are players who would be 10 times more deserving of a Premier League medal in this team than me, so it is not as though I will be flashing it around," he said.
"But there is no point being embarrassed about accepting something you have been part of.
"I didn't get two medals for scoring two goals in the FA Cup final in 2001.
"I have won plenty in my career but I have not won the two big ones. That would complete the set.
"There is still quite a way to go, so let's hope there is something to pick up at the end of the season."
Owen's future beyond the end of the season is open to debate as it appears highly unlikely he will be offered a contract extension at United following the emergence of Javier Hernandez.
However, he still has a contribution to make given the history of United is littered with examples of substitutes scoring late goals, the most obvious being Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who came off the bench to win the Champions League in 1999.
Owen's own last-gasp strike against Manchester City last season is another, whilst even the former England man's solitary Premier League goal this season - at Bolton in October - helped salvage a valuable point when the Red Devils seemed destined to lose.
"Even if it is just one goal or one good performance, everyone is going to play their part," said Owen.
Gunners too good for United
Arsenal blew the Barclays Premier League title race wide open after finally finding the character of champions to beat leaders Manchester United 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Aaron Ramsey's second-half goal - his first in the Premier League since January 2010 - saw United's lead remain at just three points from Chelsea, whom they face next week at Old Trafford.
The Gunners may have seen their own title ambitions extinguished following a run of costly draws before defeat at Bolton last Sunday, but at least gave their frustrated fans renewed hope next season might just be different for Arsene Wenger's young side.
Ramsey had only been in the team because of a thigh injury to captain Cesc Fabregas, but his well-taken strike on 56 minutes was just rewards for a high-tempo performance and meant the officials' miss of a penalty for handball by United skipper Nemanja Vidic in the first half did not eventually prove decisive.
Arsenal started brightly, with Theo Walcott causing problems down the right, and Jack Wilshere dragged an early chance wide from 15 yards after a poor clearance by United skipper Vidic.
Gael Clichy whipped in a low cross from the left but as Walcott arrived in the six-yard box, he was stretching and could only shin the ball over the crossbar.
It continued to be one-way traffic and, after 15 minutes, Patrice Evra got a toe to Wilshere's low centre across the goal with Walcott ready for a tap-in at the far post.
After so much pressure, United then cut Arsenal apart on the break.
Fabio burst down the right and into the area before pulling the ball back to Javier Hernandez, with Bacary Sagna making a last-gasp block just as the Mexican shaped to shoot.
There was then a massive let-off for United when Vidic knocked Walcott's cross from the right behind with his hand, taking it off the head of van Persie.
However, neither the referee or nearside assistant Andy Garratt spotted it - leaving the Dutch forward fuming.
When the dust settled, Wayne Rooney had a goalbound 20-yard shot blocked, before going into the book on 41 minutes for pushing Wilshere over on the far touchline.
Arsenal made a change for the second half with Samir Nasri, who tweaked a hamstring, replaced by Russia winger Andrey Arshavin.
United were awarded a free-kick some 22 yards out when Park was bundled over by Song. Rooney struck his effort over the wall, but Wojciech Szczesny dived to his right to make a good two-handed save.
Arsenal slowly got themselves back into a rhythm, with Sagna angling a low drive across goal before they swept into the lead on 56 minutes.
Ramsey fed van Persie, who charged down the right and into the area before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot, where the Welshman arrived on cue to dispatch a cool finish low into the far corner for a first Arsenal goal in over a year.
United now needed a response, and Vidic headed down and wide from a corner.
Tempers boiled over when Song went in on Nani and looked to have won the ball only for referee Foy to book the Cameroon midfielder, which saw several players involved in a scuffle.
Park released Evra down the left channel, but Clichy covered across quickly to bundle the ball out for a corner.
There was concern for Arsenal when centre-half Johan Djourou fell awkwardly and had to be replaced by Sebastien Squillaci on 60 minutes.
United sent on Dimitar Berbatov, back from a groin injury, and had another free-kick in a dangerous position following Ramsey's needless handball. Szczesny, though, was right behind Rooney's flick.
The young Pole then made an impressive save at the near post after Nani was played in by a quick break from Rooney.
Van Persie chipped the ball across goal after breaking down the left as Arsenal looked for a killer second goal.
With five minutes left, United sent on Michael Owen and the former England striker was screaming for a penalty when he looked to have been tripped by Clichy, but again the officials were unmoved.
Arsenal closed out four minutes of stoppage time to claim a victory which was probably greeted with just as loud a cheer across in west London.
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