Sunday May 1, 2011 Day 35 Finished Emirates Stadium

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  1. Arsenal beat United to reignite title battle

    Arsenal beat United to reignite title battle

    Arsenal put a serious dent in Manchester United's Premier League title ambitions with a 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' Arsenal beat United, and the battle for the Premier League title is still very much alive!
    • 90+4' Nani's free-kick hits the wall, Evra heads into the box and Szczesny claims! That must be it!
    • 90+4' Ramsey brings Rooney down from behind 30 yards from goal, and this could be United's last chance...
    • 90+3' Just a split-second of indecision as the ball trickles into the box, before Szczesny dives on the ball!
    • 90+2' Chipped to the back post where Valencia cannot keep the ball in and a great cheer goes up.
    • 90+1' FOUR MINUTES of time added on to be played!
    • 90' Valencia stands up a cross from the right... and Szczesny makes a secure catch. So, how much stoppage time?
    • 89' Van der Sar races out to field a ball into the box, and Wilshere clatters into him a touch unnecessarily - both players just get on with the game, however.
    • 88' Owen is on the ground again... and he's still not getting a penalty.
    • 87' PENALTY APPEAL!! Down goes Owen after slight contact with Clichy - no penalty says Chris Foy! It was borderline...
    • 86' Arsenal with another chance to finish it... Evra heads Arshavin's cross away.
    • 85' So it's come to this: Michael Owen replaces Michael Carrick. Nine years too late, I fear.
    • 84' Van Persie goes for goal from the free-kick, but it is straight at Van der Sar.
    • 83' Free-kick Arsenal for a challenge on Arshavin by Fabio, who is furious at that decision!
    • 82' Here come Arsenal with a chance to finish it as Van Persie carries the ball down the left channel... he clips a cross that just evades everybody!
    • 81' United are being frustrated, and restricted to succession of throws down their right flank.
    • 80' Stout defending from Arsenal, as Park's attempted cross is blocked by a flying body!
    • 78' Arsenal: Theo Walcott is replaced by Emmanuel Eboue - just the man you want to see out a tight game...
    • 78' Arsenal race away on the counter-attack now, and it is crossed low for Van Persie who shoots into the side netting from a tight angle!
    • 77' SAVE BY SZCZESNY!! Rooney plays it to Nani who races in on the break... but the Polish keeper makes a good stop!
    • 76' Big spell of United pressure which ends when Fabio takes a heavy touch and upends Wilshere - yellow card.
    • 75' Rooney hits the free-kick but it's tame, and straight at Szczesny.
    • 75' Handball by Ramsey, free-kick about three nanometres outside the box!
    • 74' United change: Dimitar Berbatov is on for Hernandez, who has had no impact.
    • 73' Ramsey fouls Park on the right side, just outside the box.
    • 72' Song ushers the ball out for a throw, although it is deep in Arsenal territory so it is not without danger - Berbatov is warming up.
    • 71' Carrick releases Rooney down the left, but the forward has strayed just offside. Good decision from the linesman.
    • 70' Valencia is hacked by Arshavin, who is very lucky not to see a yellow card for that.
    • 69' Djourou limps off, and Sebastien Squillaci replaces him.
    • 67' Djourou stays down injured after an aerial challenge. Not sure what the problem is, but he's had no luck at all with injuries.
    • 66' Park releases Evra down the left with a sensational pass... he goes to ground after a tangle with Walcott, but his appeal is waved away!
    • 65' Sagna tumbles to the ground after Park goes in with studs up. There was actually little or no contact, but referee Foy still deems it worthy of a yellow card.
    • 64' Evra tries to find Valencia charging down the right flank, but the ball skips out for a goal kick. Manchester United not clicking.
    • 63' In the event, Song himself is the only player to get booked. Sensible refereeing, I think.
    • 62' Melee! Song is penalised for a foul on Nani and tempers flare. Rooney could really do without getting involved - he's already on a booking. It's the usual jostling, nothing too grievous.
    • 61' Nani curls in a corner that Vidic meets with a towering header but glances wide! Having got there, he'll feel he should have done better.
    • 59' Evra plays a superb ball down the left for Nani, but Sagna does superbly to block the cross, albeit at the cost of a corner.
    • 58' Just before the goal, Antonio Valencia came on for Anderson for Manchester United. He now crosses out for a goal kick.
    • 57' This is a real challenge for Manchester United, who have played poorly and need to step up a gear.
    • 56' GOAL!! AARON RAMSEY FOR ARSENAL!! They deserve that! Ramsey finishes very coolly from the edge of the box after good work from Van Persie. Nice goal.
    • 55' It's a damp squip from Nani, who hits a Ronaldo-style dipper but curls it wide.
    • 55' United win a free-kick for a foul in Carrick. This is in a very similar position to where Rooney tested Szczesny from. A bit further out, maybe. I fancy Nani to hit this...
    • 54' Nani delivers a great cross from the United right, and Hernandez is millimetres away from touching the ball in at the near post!
    • 53' Sagna! Ambitious from the full-back who whistles a left-foot shot just past the far post!
    • 52' Fabio glides a diagonal ball into the box... Sagna just pulls back and lets the ball bounce out for a goal kick.
    • 51' United come away on a slick counter-attack, and Clichy is forced to concede a corner from Hernandez's cross.
    • 49' ROONEY!!! Brings a decent diving save from Szczesny and Evra fires into the side netting from a tight angle! If that had been in the corner, there was no way the keeper was getting to it...
    • 48' United win a free-kick 30 yards from goal - Rooney and Nani stand over it.
    • 47' Arsenal on the attack early again, but two red shirts get in each other's way and it breaks down.
    • 46' The second half is under way at last, with United kicking from left to right.
    • 46' Arsenal come out late - Van Persie still pulling up his shorts - and Andrei Arshavin is on for Samir Nasri.
    • 45+2' Nani is dispossessed, and Arsenal player runs into the ref, a startled Foy adds an extra 35 seconds of added time and that's half-time. No goals, but plenty of interest.
    • 45+1' Just one minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 45' The lively Walcott crosses again from the right, but Van der Sar makes a confident catch.
    • 43' Anderson goes for goal from the edge of the box, but he shoots much too close to Szczesny - and not even an Arsenal keeper can contrive to mess up a save as straightforward as that.
    • 42' Say what you like about the Arsenal bench, but their fluid intake during matches is prodigious. Both Arsene Wenger and Pat Rice are swigging away like there's no tomorrow. Rice is on the isotonic stuff. Wenger, ever the purist, goes for water.
    • 41' Rooney fires in a cross from the right but there is nobody there to meet it - United want a free-kick for a late challenge on Nani, but they don't get one.
    • 40' Silly from Rooney, who kicks the ball away after fouling Wilshere. In fact he kicks it at Wilshere (not very hard). That's a yellow card.
    • 40' Nani has two goes at crossing, first from the corner, then the follow-up - both are well defended.
    • 39' Evra finds Rooney in space 25 yards out - he takes a second too long to set himself and the shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 38' Rooney is starting to see a little more of the ball, although it has to be said he has yet to do anything useful with it.
    • 36' Lovely, slick football from Arsenal, but Ramsey drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.
    • 35' Ironic cheers as Arsenal win a free-kick for an Anderson foul on Walcott...
    • 34' Fabio sprints down the right flank, but Koscielny scuttles across to put the ball out for a throw.
    • 33' That handball was not too obvious at first, but the more you see it the more blatant it becomes. Vidic has really got away with one there...
    • 32' Van Persie plays it wide to Walcott who crosses towards the Dutchman... BIG PENALTY SHOUT!! Did Vidic handball? Yes he did!! And referee Chris Foy missed it!
    • 31' Half an hour gone, and Arsenal have had the better of it. Chelsea's win against Spurs does put the onus on United to try and get maximum points - but a draw isn't a bad result. It would still give them enough margin to lose to Chelsea and still have their destiny in their own hands.
    • 30' Wilshere grabs Carrick's back leg to hold the United player back, then reacts like he has suffered a massive bereavement, despite committing a clear and deliberate foul. Kids today, eh?
    • 29' Fergie is in the ear of fourth official Lee Mason. No idea what has got his goat - although it doesn't take much.
    • 28' Sagna sprints into a crossing position but then miskicks horribly! This is probably the best pitch in the country, so no excuses.
    • 27' Song does well to track Rooney and put the ball out for a throw... and Park is subsequently dispossessed. A little scrappy just at the moment.
    • 26' Rooney's cross is headed unconvincingly up in the air by Djourou, who needs Sagna to complete his job and clear down the right.
    • 25' Hernandez chases another through ball, but Clichy is there to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 24' Clichy plays a one-two with the ref, but the move breaks down - presumably much to Chris Foy's relief.
    • 23' Anderson fires a through ball in front of Javier Hernandez, but Usain Bolt wouldn't catch that if he were at the wheel of a Lamborghini. Asking way too much of the striker.
    • 22' The visitors are starting to come into the game a little now. They appear to have weathered the storm...
    • 20' Nani finds the overlapping Fabio with a sensational pass - he tries to pick out Hernandez in the middle but it is put behind for a corner!
    • 19' Wilshere tumbles theatrically under a Vidic challenge at the edge of the box - referee Chris Foy tells him to get on with it! Looked like a foul, in spite of Wilshere's over-acting.
    • 18' Song crosses from deep - headed clear but only as far as a red shirt. Can Arsenal make this early spell of dominance pay?
    • 16' Arsenal are very much Barcelona to United's Real Madrid at the moment. They are passing with their usual slickness, while the visitors sit very deep and invite pressure.
    • 15' Crucial challenge by Evra, who puts the ball out for a corner with Walcott looming behind him - that would have beenm a certain goal!
    • 14' A brief lull in proceedings, which will suit the visitors who have not settled well.
    • 12' United are leaning heavily on long balls early on - Evra tries to release Park through the left channel but it runs through to Szczesny.
    • 11' Another offside against Hernandez, this time as he chases an Anderson ball down the left flank.
    • 11' Nani tries to come away on the break, but loses the ball to Song and the ball is back with Arsenal.
    • 10' More Arsenal pressure, and United are back in numbers - Walcott runs at Evra who puts the ball behind for a corner.
    • 9' Rooney looks up and plays a long ball for Hernandez to chase, but the Mexican has strayed just offside.
    • 8' Good start from Arsenal - Clichy crosses low and Walcott gets on the end of it, but he is stretching and puts the ball over!
    • 8' Clichy gets a cross in this time, but Van Persie directs his header over. Fabregas is in the crowd wearing full leather biker garb.
    • 7' Nani chases Clichy down and blocks the Frenchman's cross from the left.
    • 6' Walcott knocks the ball down the line and sprints past Evra.. his attempted cross is blocked.
    • 5' Nani cuts inside from the right and smashes a left-foot shot over from the edge of the box.
    • 4' Nasri is limping after a challenge from the ever-so-muscular Nani. He'll live...
    • 3' A sloppy Vidic clearance comes to Wilshere who has a great chance but drags it wide!! They don't come much more straightforward than that.
    • 2' The whistle goes just before Van Persie hits a wicked curling shot that Van der Sar palms away. Van Persie does that a lot - including in this season's Champions League.
    • 1' GAME ON! Arsenal kick off, playing from left to right in their famous red and white. United in black and blue. An early Nasri cross is headed clear.
    • 14:00 So there is no Fabregas for Arsenal, and no Diaby who has not recovered from injury. Dimitar Berbatov is back, but only among the substitutes.
    • 14:00 Arsene Wenger has been in understandably downbeat mood after watching Arsenal's season implode. But should he really be saying the captaincy is "too much" of a burden for Cesc Fabregas? It doesn't matter today, because FABREGAS IS OUT after picking up an injury in training. Wenger on Fabregas.
    • 13:55 Fergie's reign shows no sign of coming to a halt, but when he does call it quits the consensus pick to replace him is Jose Mourinho. Or, at least, it was. Here's Jim White on why Jose has jumped the shark.
    • 13:55 Sir Alex Ferguson has been in bullish mood this week, attempting to dispel the feeling that his side are the hunted by claiming United relish these big spring games, and will beat both Arsenal and Chelsea. Bullish Fergie
    • 13:50 Javier Hernandez is one short of scoring 20 goals in his debut season for the club. His last three PL goals for the club have come in the last 10 minutes of matches. He has netted 12 goals in 24 PL matches at an average of one goal every 103 minutes of football. Hernandez has scored five headers this season - only Kenwyne Jones, Tim Cahill and Andy Carroll have more in the division.
    • 13:50 Robin van Persie has scored 15 Premier League goals in 2011 - the most ever by a player in a single season between January 1 and the end of the season is 18 - set by both Thierry Henry (2003-04) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08).
    • 13:45 This is the 45th meeting between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in all competitions. Ferguson has won 20, Wenger 15 and there have been nine draws. If Ferguson wins today it will be the longest run of victories of one over the other, beating Wenger’s four wins in a row over Ferguson from November 1997 to September 1998.
    • 13:40 Arsenal and Manchester United have met 183 times in the league. Arsenal have won 66, Manchester United 75 and 42 draws. They have met 37 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 10, Manchester United 16 and 11 draws.
    • 13:35 For Arsenal, an intense feeling of frustration that their title challenge is all but over after a catastrophic run of one win in seven games.
    • 13:30 Chelsea's deeply jammy win against Tottenham yesterday means Manchester United's lead at the top of the table is down to three points. If Fergie's men win this game in hand, then surely not even defeat to Chelsea at Old Trafford will stop them winning their 19th league title. Lose here, and it really is up for grabs.
    • 13:25 ARSENAL: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy; Song, Wilshere; Walcott, Ramsey, Nasri; Van Persie... Subs: Lehmann, Squillaci, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner... MAN UTD: Van der Sar; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Park; Rooney; Hernandez... Subs: Owen, Berbatov, Smalling, Rafael, O'Shea, Valencia, Kuszczak.
    • 13:20 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal v Manchester United from the Emirates Stadium!
  • Summary

    • 87' PENALTY APPEAL!! Down goes Owen after slight contact with Clichy - no penalty says Chris Foy! It was borderline...
    • 78' Arsenal race away on the counter-attack now, and it is crossed low for Van Persie who shoots into the side netting from a tight angle!
    • 77' SAVE BY SZCZESNY!! Rooney plays it to Nani who races in on the break... but the Polish keeper makes a good stop!
    • 66' Park releases Evra down the left with a sensational pass... he goes to ground after a tangle with Walcott, but his appeal is waved away!
    • 62' Melee! Song is penalised for a foul on Nani and tempers flare. Rooney could really do without getting involved - he's already on a booking. It's the usual jostling, nothing too grievous.
    • 61' Nani curls in a corner that Vidic meets with a towering header but glances wide! Having got there, he'll feel he should have done better.
    • 56' GOAL!! AARON RAMSEY FOR ARSENAL!! They deserve that! Ramsey finishes very coolly from the edge of the box after good work from Van Persie. Nice goal.
    • 53' Sagna! Ambitious from the full-back who whistles a left-foot shot just past the far post!
    • 49' ROONEY!!! Brings a decent diving save from Szczesny and Evra fires into the side netting from a tight angle! If that had been in the corner, there was no way the keeper was getting to it...
    • 32' Van Persie plays it wide to Walcott who crosses towards the Dutchman... BIG PENALTY SHOUT!! Did Vidic handball? Yes he did!! And referee Chris Foy missed it!
    • 20' Nani finds the overlapping Fabio with a sensational pass - he tries to pick out Hernandez in the middle but it is put behind for a corner!
    • 15' Crucial challenge by Evra, who puts the ball out for a corner with Walcott looming behind him - that would have beenm a certain goal!
    • 8' Good start from Arsenal - Clichy crosses low and Walcott gets on the end of it, but he is stretching and puts the ball over!
    • 3' A sloppy Vidic clearance comes to Wilshere who has a great chance but drags it wide!! They don't come much more straightforward than that.

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