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  • Date:22 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,093
  • van Persie (70)
  • Valencia (45) Welbeck (80)
Goal!

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95:18 +5.18

The referee cautions Alex Song for unsporting behaviour.

93:45 +3.45

Centre by Nico Yennaris, Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

92:54 +2.54

Nico Yennaris sends in a cross, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

91:51 +1.51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Ji-Sung Park. Wayne Rooney takes the direct free kick.

91:11 +1.11

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Antonio Valencia takes the free kick.

89:34

Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Patrice Evra goes into the referee's book. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

87:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Laurent Koscielny. Anders Lindegaard restarts play with the free kick.

86:46

Unfair challenge on Chu-Young Park by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.

85:25

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Tomas Rosicky goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

84:50

The referee shows Robin van Persie a yellow card.

82:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Aaron Ramsey. Chu-Young Park joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Ramsey. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.

82:13

The ball is sent over by Nico Yennaris, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

80:51

Danny Welbeck scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-2 Man Utd.Assist by Antonio Valencia.

80:29

Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Alex Song results in a free kick. Antonio Valencia restarts play with the free kick.

79:50

Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

76:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

75:51

Ji-Sung Park replaces Rafael Da Silva.

72:02

Laurent Koscielny challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Laurent Koscielny for unsporting behaviour. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Andrey Arshavin coming on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Paul Scholes coming on for Luis Nani. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.

71:56

Theo Walcott delivers the ball, clearance made by Patrice Evra.

70:30

Goal scored by Robin van Persie from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the assist for the goal.

68:31

Centre by Ryan Giggs, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

68:09

Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

66:45

Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

66:41

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

66:20

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

65:48

The ball is swung over by Robin van Persie.

65:29

Luis Nani crosses the ball, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

63:00

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

62:30

The referee blows for offside against Patrice Evra. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

61:27

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

59:45

Antonio Valencia challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

59:03

Thomas Vermaelen has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

58:13

Theo Walcott crosses the ball, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

57:31

Shot from 12 yards by Tomas Rosicky. Blocked by Patrice Evra.

55:42

Luis Nani sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Antonio Valencia misses to the left of the goal.

54:19

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

53:41

Luis Nani produces a cross, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

53:15

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.

50:48

Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the target.

46:24

Robin van Persie challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.

45:48 +0.48

Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, Antonio Valencia grabs a headed goal from close range. Arsenal 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Giggs.

45:01

Johan Djourou goes off and Nico Yennaris comes on.

44:58

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.

43:47

The offside flag is raised against Danny Welbeck. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

43:11

Shot from outside the area by Tomas Rosicky misses to the left of the goal. Rafael Da Silva receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

41:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Ryan Giggs. Aaron Ramsey booked. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

41:02

Wayne Rooney fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

40:24

Close range effort by Luis Nani misses to the right of the goal.

39:43

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, blocked by Michael Carrick.

38:43

Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

38:17

Aaron Ramsey crosses the ball, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

37:45

Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

34:24

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

34:08

Centre by Luis Nani, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

32:35

Centre by Luis Nani, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

29:20

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Jonathan Evans misses to the right of the target.

26:06

Danny Welbeck produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

24:19

Effort from inside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the right of the target.

22:24

Centre by Ryan Giggs, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

21:45

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.

21:32

Centre by Luis Nani, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

21:07

Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by Johan Djourou.

21:02

Luis Nani sends in a cross, Johan Djourou manages to make a clearance.

18:57

Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

17:32

Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs. Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

17:27

Centre by Patrice Evra, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

16:18

Phil Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Rafael Da Silva.

11:59

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball.

10:44

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

7:21

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

6:29

The official flags Antonio Valencia offside. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

6:13

Centre by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

4:30

Unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.

1:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Antonio Valencia. Anders Lindegaard takes the direct free kick.

1:50

Centre by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Henry worry for Arsenal Thierry Henry (calf) faces a fitness test ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium. Defender Thomas Vermaelen (calf) is a major doubt, while midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) is not fit. Strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are away at the African Nations Cup. Defenders Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Kieran Gibbs (groin), Bacary Sagna (ankle), Carl Jenkinson (back) and Andre Santos (ankle) are all still out, along with midfielders Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle). Manager Arsene Wenger insists games between his side and United remain as fascinating as ever, despite new title contenders emerging. The two clubs have often battled for domestic dominance in recent years, but now find the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea also in the hunt for the Barclays Premier League crown. However, Wenger told Arsenal Player: "It's still the same. "It is not the only game any more because you have Chelsea and Man City coming in, with Liverpool still there. But it is a game that is watched all over the world. "We do [lift ourselves], we think we are on a similar level. I still think that when we have everybody available we are a strong force in this league. "That's why it is important that we fight very hard not to drop points." Sir Alex Ferguson is set to welcome back England duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for Manchester United. The pair both missed last weekend's win over Bolton after suffering minor injuries in a collision during the Manchester derby. Brazilian midfielder Anderson has been ruled out after suffering a training ground injury, whilst Tom Cleverley (ankle) and Ashley Young (knee) should be back in full training within 10 days. Ferguson claims there is "no chance" of the spectacular August showdown between Manchester United and Arsenal being repeated when the two sides meet again at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. United emerged triumphant on that stunning afternoon, romping to an 8-2 win that condemned Arsenal to their biggest defeat in 114 years. It was part of a blistering start to the campaign that also saw the Premier League champions score three times against both Tottenham and Chelsea and put five past Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. Performances have become rather more restrained since as injuries and setbacks made their mark, which is why Ferguson is anticipating a return to the tense battles of the past when United square up to Wenger's side this weekend. "It won't be as open as the last time. There is no chance of that," said Ferguson. "There won't be a lot between the two teams. They have only lost six goals at home this season so we are well aware it is going to be a hard game. I just hope we can get the result we want and need."

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4411Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Alex Song
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Ignasi Miquel
  • Nico Yennaris

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Match Report

Welbeck keeps United in hunt Manchester United kept within touching distance of the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to Danny Welbeck's late goal in a 2-1 win at Arsenal. United knew they needed a win to keep close to leaders Manchester City and they looked on course for victory when Antonio Valencia nodded home Ryan Giggs' cross. Arsenal rallied in the second half and pulled one back through Robin van Persie, but their hopes of a point were dashed nine minutes from the end when Welbeck steered Valencia's cross home from close range. The game was not a patch on City's 3-2 win over Tottenham in terms of entertainment and quality, but Sir Alex Ferguson will be happy to have ground out another win which further proves he still has the know-how to formulate a title challenging team at the age of 70. In reality, though, Arsenal made their task much easier thanks to an abject first-half defensive display from the Gunners' makeshift back four. Despite the thrilling nature of the encounter between Tottenham and City - the two newest entrants in to the title race - earlier on Sunday, Arsenal v Manchester United has proved to be a humdinger of a game in Premier League history. Pizza-throwing tunnel clashes, touchline spats and on-field rucks have taken place in recent encounters and this match had even more added spice as the Gunners were out to avenge their 8-2 humiliation at Old Trafford. Jonny Evans cleared an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross and Anders Lindegaard easily gathered a shot from Aaron Ramsey. Theo Walcott embarrassed Phil Jones with his quick feet, causing the defender to trip up and hit the deck and he had to come off for Rafael after just 15 minutes. Per Mertesacker and Johan Djourou cleared dangerous United crosses and Valencia just failed to tap home a flick-on. Giggs tested Wojciech Szczesny at his near post from a tight angle. Oxlade-Chamberlain bamboozled Patrice Evra to sneak in to the United box and laid off to Walcott, but he blazed over from 18 yards. Evra then easily beat Alex Song down the left and crossed for Nani but Szczesny saved. Giggs played Wayne Rooney into the box and the striker went down after appearing to have his arm pulled by Song but Mike Dean waved play on. The ability of United's wingers to skip past makeshift full-backs Vermaelen and Djourou was a particular source of frustration for the home support. Nani easily beat the Swiss and whistled a sharp ball across the box. In the opening minute of first half injury time Giggs was given space down the left flank and he floated a cross over to the back post where Valencia beat Vermaelen in the air to nod home. Arsenal went off at half-time to a chorus of boos and Wenger, clearly unimpressed by Djourou's contribution, replaced the defender with 18-year-old Nico Yennaris who was making his league debut. Van Persie was presented with an easy chance five minutes after the break when Tomas Rosicky pinched the ball off Chris Smalling and squared for him but he fired wide from 10 yards with the goal gaping. Van Persie then tricked his way past three United defenders and squared for Rosicky but his drive was blocked by Evra. Laurent Koscielny burst in to the United half and laid the ball off to Oxlade-Chamberlain but his drive flew barely an inch wide. Welbeck raced through after a headed clearance from the United back line and slipped the ball past the advancing Szczesny only to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Per Mertesacker. The striker fell in the challenge from Arsenal's goalkeeper, but despite United's protestations, Dean did not pull play back for a penalty. Then with 20 minutes to go, Arsenal stunned the visitors with an equaliser. The Gunners broke through Oxlade-Chamberlain who squared for Van Persie and his reverse shot flew through Evans' legs and in off the post. Arsenal fans reacted with fury when Wenger brought Oxlade-Chamberlain off two minutes later for Andrey Arshavin. Nani hobbled off and was replaced by Paul Scholes after being injured in a tackle and Ferguson sacrificed substitute Rafael for Park Ji-sung. The Emirates Stadium was shocked in to near silence with nine minutes left after Welbeck put the Red Devils ahead. Valencia lost his marker Arshavin and played a clever one-two with Park before squaring to Welbeck, who bundled home from close range. Van Persie flung himself towards a header in injury time but United cleared and Evans calmly guided Mertesacker's header in to Lindegaard's arms soon after as the visitors clung on for a vital win. end

Form Guide

    LWDWLL
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • WWWLLW

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 8 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 28/08/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 01/05/2011
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 13/12/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 3
  • Man Utd
  • 31/01/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 29/08/2009
  • Man Utd
  • 0 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 16/05/2009

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 17
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 3
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 12
  • LC Nani 6
  • JB Hernandez 6
  • D Berbatov 5
  • D Welbeck 5
  • M Carrick 2
  • J Park 2
  • A Young 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • R Giggs 1
  • P Scholes 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • AL Valencia 1
  • C Smalling 1
  • P Jones 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 69
    • Goals per game 38
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 52
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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