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Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The referee gives a free kick against Wayne Rooney for handball. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Theo Walcott results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Centre by Theo Walcott, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Rafael Da Silva gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The referee shows Alex Song a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Giggs is brought on as a substitute for Oliveira Anderson. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Alex Song. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
Gael Clichy crosses the ball, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Sebastien Squillaci fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Theo Walcott has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Theo Walcott sends in a cross, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Andrey Arshavin.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Booking for Gael Clichy for unsporting behaviour. Gael Clichy is penalised for handball and concedes a . Penalty missed by Wayne Rooney.
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
Oliveira Anderson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Gael Clichy on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from right channel, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Francesc Fabregas on for Tomas Rosicky. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Robin van Persie coming on for Jack Wilshere. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Darren Fletcher. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, clearance by Gael Clichy.
Corner taken short by Luis Nani.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.
Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Nani clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Centre by Gael Clichy, clearance by Rafael Da Silva.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Jack Wilshere.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Laurent Koscielny, clearance made by Darren Fletcher.
The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin.
Short corner taken by Andrey Arshavin.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Rafael Da Silva.
Gael Clichy crosses the ball, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, Alex Song manages to make a clearance.
Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Andrey Arshavin booked. Unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Oliveira Anderson from the free kick, Jack Wilshere gets a block in.
Darren Fletcher crosses the ball.
The ball is swung over by Rafael Da Silva, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Rafael Da Silva, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Jack Wilshere gets a block in.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Ji-Sung Park scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal.
Luis Nani has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal. Marouane Chamakh gives away a for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani.
Luis Nani has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Marouane Chamakh. Marouane Chamakh is booked. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Marouane Chamakh. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Wayne Rooney challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Sebastien Squillaci manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
The ball is sent over by Rafael Da Silva, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Marouane Chamakh manages to make a clearance.
Jack Wilshere delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin decides to take a short corner.
Andrey Arshavin produces a cross, Rafael Da Silva gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Jack Wilshere, Michael Carrick gets a block in.
Alex Song fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Patrice Evra fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Samir Nasri.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Darren Fletcher sends in a cross, Shot by Luis Nani from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
The offside flag is raised against Oliveira Anderson. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Andrey Arshavin produces a cross.
Gael Clichy produces a cross, blocked by Rafael Da Silva.
Oliveira Anderson fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Laurent Koscielny results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Foul by Samir Nasri on Darren Fletcher, free kick awarded. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Marouane Chamakh. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Tomas Rosicky fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Rafael Da Silva.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Gael Clichy. Free kick crossed left-footed by Oliveira Anderson, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Wayne Rooney. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Alex Song challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The match has reached half-time.
The second half begins.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Ryan Giggs claims Manchester United must use their performance in the seven-goal romp over Blackburn a fortnight ago as the benchmark for the remainder of the season.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson's men were sitting top of the Premier League before the weather intervened last week to prevent their encounter with Blackpool going ahead, like everyone else, they find themselves with plenty of questions to answer.
Seven draws from 15 unbeaten games ahead of Monday night's blockbuster confrontation has left many observers scratching their heads about how United have managed to get themselves into such a lofty position.
As Blackburn discovered, there is obviously plenty of talent remaining at Old Trafford, even if few think them as effective as they were in the days of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
And Giggs wants to see it more often.
"The Blackburn game is the benchmark," he said.
"Everything clicked that day. Some of the forward play was exceptional. That is what we want and what we know we're capable of doing.
"In games and training, the idea is to go out and reach it again."
It is doubtless the stuttering results; having to settle for disappointing draws against Fulham, Everton and West Brom when maximum points had appeared secure, and a wretched performance at Aston Villa when even Ferguson admitted he was not entirely sure how his side emerged with a share of the spoils, that has led to some rather unkind comparison with the Arsenal 'Invincibles', who went through the entire 2003-04 campaign unbeaten.
Giggs understands that. However, should his team-mates reach the end of 2010 with their present record in tact, it would represent half a season, which is an achievement the veteran Welshman feels is worthy of some acknowledgement.
"We're proud of the unbeaten record," he said.
"People haven't given us the respect we think we deserve but that is probably down to the manner of our results. We have thrown away games we should be winning."
Giggs, whose stellar career probably enjoyed its most notable moment against Arsenal with the 1999 semi-final replay winner that has been voted the greatest FA Cup goal of all-time, retains a healthy respect for the Gunners.
"Arsenal deserve a lot of credit for the way they have coped with losing a quality player like Fabregas and still carried on winning," he said.
Aside from long-term injury absentees Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves, whose career has been brought into fresh doubt following reports that United are considering paying up the remainder of his contract, which expires next summer, Ferguson has a full-strength squad available.
Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes are both desperate to be involved, the latter man possibly at the expense of Anderson, whose recent displays are said to have persuaded Ferguson to offer the Brazilian midfielder a new contract.
Arsene Wenger is in no doubt the Premier League is the toughest it has ever been as he looks to keep Arsenal top.
The Gunners have been beaten four times already, but still returned to the summit last weekend after victory over Fulham when United's game at Blackpool was postponed and Chelsea dropped more points.
However, this campaign has seen teams right through the league produce match-winning performances on their day, meaning no one can be complacent in a season where unpredictability has become a welcome trend.
Wenger insists this is down to the improvement of squads across the board, rather than the leading sides having dropped standards.
"I don't agree with the people who say that the overall quality of the league is lower this season. In fact, you can say exactly the reverse," the Arsenal manager said.
"Last Monday night, two quality teams - Aston Villa and Liverpool - met and both sides were in the bottom half, so that opinion is not really proven by concrete facts.
"The whole Premier League is more difficult for everybody and what you call mid-table teams and bottom-table teams have improved - every single game is a cup game for everybody."
Wenger, though, admits surprise Arsenal are still in such a strong position given the number of points they have dropped, losing three games at home.
"We are top of the table at the moment, and at the start of the season if you had said we would lose four of our first 16 games, I would not have thought we would be top, that is for sure," the Gunners boss reflected.
"It means the other teams have lost games as well, apart from Manchester United, but they have had many draws.
"We have not had many draws, and have won five games away. The positive thing is that if we manage to add home consistency to our away form, we will be very dangerous."
Park header ensures United claim top spot
Park Ji-sung ensured the visiting Chilean miners were able to celebrate a 1-0 Manchester United victory over Arsenal on their momentous visit to Old Trafford.
David Beckham was also in a star-studded directors' box to see the Red Devils secure a triumph that maintains their unbeaten record.
Far more importantly, it sends them two points clear of the chasing pack, with a match in hand.
It should have been more. United wasted countless chances, the best of which being a penalty from Wayne Rooney 17 minutes from time that he ballooned over the bar.
For Arsenal, the sorry statistic of a fifth reverse concealed a desperately disappointing performance which did not get that much better even after Arsene Wenger had thrown his star man Cesc Fabregas on in a last desperate bid to secure a share of the spoils.
Ferguson made the point in his programme notes that Arsenal are not the "lilywhites" they are often painted and so it proved during a tight first half in which the Gunners were well prepared to dish out some rough treatment.
On a ground where they have often been ill-treated in the past, the visitors were more than willing to stand toe-to-toe with their opponents, the only surprise being that World Cup final referee Howard Webb did not book Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin until the last seconds of the opening period.
By that point, the hosts were basking in Park's opener.
The South Korean is one of the men whose recent improvement has retained United's position amongst the title contenders.
It was his injury-time goal that secured victory over Wolves last month and it was an equally well-received effort that allowed United to seize the initiative.
Set free by Rooney's neat nod-down, Nani crossed from the right and not even a deflection off Gael Clichy could prevent the ball bouncing to Park, who contorted his body in such a way as to loop a header over Wojciech Szczesny and into the net.
For Szczesny it was a bitter blow.
Handed his league debut after just three League Cup starts for the Gunners, the Pole had been a confident presence in what has so often been a problem position for Wenger.
Sebastien Squillaci was responsible for the weak clearance that allowed Nani to send a first-time volley whistling past the Pole's right-hand post it was the hand of Chamakh that could easily have brought a penalty for United when he rather awkwardly got in the way of Nani's cross.
Arsenal were a disappointment.
The in-form Samir Nasri was a virtual bystander whilst Arshavin got onto the ball far more often but his final ball was a major let-down.
Twice the hosts came close to doubling their advantage during the opening minutes of the second period.
As part of his impressive evening, Szczesny produced a save reminiscent of Peter Schmeichel in his pomp to deny Anderson, who had burst onto a pass Rooney threaded through the Gunners defence.
Then Nani fired over at the end of a fast counter, started by Anderson robbing Jack Wilshere near the United box and he felt he should have ended it as he screamed in vain for a far-post cross after finding himself completely unmarked.
In between, Nasri had brought a full-length save out of Edwin van der Sar and Nemanja Vidic had blocked as Chamakh tried to turn home the rebound.
Nasri was far more productive, although it was the double introduction of Fabregas and Robin van Persie that really showed how determined Arsenal were not to leave defeated.
The bold move did leave them vulnerable to the counter-attack and it was on one such raid that Nani earned his side a penalty as he checked inside Clichy and forced the Frenchman to handle.
Without a goal in open play since March, the England striker has scored from the spot twice this season. It was also the fifth United penalty in Arsenal's last eight visits to Old Trafford.
There was no goal on this occasion though as Rooney ballooned his effort way over the bar.
It did not sap the striker's confidence and a superb chip brought an excellent save out of Szczesny after latching onto Rio Ferdinand's pass.
Theo Walcott wasted the Gunners' last chance to condemn them to defeat.
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