Premier League

May 1, 2011



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Manchester United

Premier League

13:05 +00:00, May 1, 2011

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: C Foy

  • 93'

    In seven days time Chelsea travel to Old Trafford for what is surely a title play-off?

  • 93'

    A deserved victory for Arsenal in a match where they created the better opportunities. For United, it's a very disappointing performance and opens the door for Chelsea to retain their title.

  • 93'

    FULL TIME A huge result in the title race, Arsenal win and United's lead stays at three points ahead of their clash with Chelsea next Sunday.

  • 93'

    Nani's free kick is into the wall and the ball is with Szczesny.

  • 93'

    Ramsey fouls Rooney and this is a fantastic opportunity from the free kick...

  • 92'

    Park onto Fabio's quick throw, his low cross is confidently gathered by Szczesny.

  • 91'

    Nemanja Vidic attempts a lofted ball to Antonio Valencia at the far post, the Ecuadorian stretches but he is unable to prevent the goal kick.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Valencia gets to the byline and his cross is sent looping into the air after a deflection from Arshavin. Szczesny gathers and Arsenal are nearly there.

  • 88'

    Again Arsenal have men over on the counter-attack and the final pass is not good enough. Into the final minute of the 90...

  • 87'

    Michael Owen goes down and he's claiming a penalty after Clichy prevented him latching onto Rooney's through ball. That certainly was a tight one, I've seen them given.

  • 86'

    United don't look like finding a goal, but how often have we said that?

  • 85'

    Arsenal are finding so much space, but they're unable to take advantage. Arshavin the latest man to put a weak cross into the area.

  • 84'

    Michael Carrick on for Michael Owen

  • 83'

    Van Persie strikes the free kick well, but Van der Sar is equal to it.

  • 82'

    Fabio with a block on Arshavin. Arsenal free kick 25-yards from goal...

  • 81'

    What a chance for Arsenal to seal the win! Wilshere led the charge, but failed to find Arshavin. Van Persie picked up the baton, but crossed to the back post, where none of his teammates were waiting!

  • 80'

    Ten minutes left for Arsenal fans, and Chelsea fans, to hang on...

  • 79'

    Rooney attempts to latch onto a punt up field but it is not going for United today.

  • 78'

    A defensive move from Wenger as he looks to try and safeguard Arsenal's lead.

  • 77'

    Emmanuel Eboue on for Theo Walcott

  • 77'

    Szczesny with a strong save to deny Nani! Rooney breaks forward and has Nani on the overlap, the Portuguese receives the ball and fires a hard shot straight at the Pole.

  • 76'

    Fabio into the book for a wreckless slide on Ramsey. United had put Arsenal under pressure, with Valencia firing two dangerous crosses into the area.

  • 74'

    Rooney hits it, he clears the wall but Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

  • 74'

    Another dangerous set piece...

  • 73'

    The initial delivery is cleared, but Ramsey handballs as Carrick looks to cross.

  • 73'

    Dimitar Berbatov on for Javier Hernandez

  • 72'

    United free kick on the corner of the box for Ramsey's late challenge on Park...

  • 72'

    Dimitar Berbatov's arrival is imminent...

  • 71'

    United have been very poor since going behind, but credit to Arsenal. They contained the league leaders.

  • 70'

    Rooney, who has been very quiet, looks to have found some space in behind Sagna, but the flag is up.

  • 69'

    A late tackle from Arshavin on Valencia near the half way line. Free kick.

  • 68'

    Sebastien Squillaci on for Johan Djourou

  • 67'

    Djourou is down and looks to be in some bother. The Swiss is receiving treatment.

  • 66'

    Vidic gets his head to it, but Szczesny catches the looping ball.

  • 65'

    United have a corner after Evra attempts to latch onto a divine Park through ball...

  • 64'

    Park into the book for a high foot on Sagna, with the Frenchman down in a bit of pain.

  • 63'

    The free kick comes to nothing and Arshavin can clear.

  • 62'

    Alex Song is perhaps unfortunate to go into the book. He made a lunge on Evra and it's a United free kick.

  • 61'

    Vidic rises well above the defenders, but glances his header wide.

  • 60'

    Nani takes the corner short and bursts into the box, he loses the ball, but Evra earns another corner...

  • 59'

    United corner, Sagna sliding in on Nani...

  • 58'

    United had just taken control of the game before Ramsey's goal set them back. It should be a very exciting final 30 minutes.

  • 57'

    Rooney slides in Valencia who, rarely for him, slices his cross into the stands.

  • 56'

    What a big, big goal that could be in the title race. Chelsea well and truly in the hunt now.

  • 55'

    GOAL Aaron Ramsey opens the scoring! Van Persie breaks down the right and teases Evra. He bides his time before rolling the ball back for Ramsey, who calmly slots home from 12 yards.

  • 55'

    Antonio Valencia on for Anderson

  • 54'

    Nani's bouncing efforts dips and curls wide of the post.

  • 54'

    Another dangerous-looking set piece for United...

  • 53'

    An absolutely outstanding cross from Nani perfectly dissects goalkeeper and defence. Hernandez makes a wonderful run and is within inches of making decisive contact.

  • 52'

    Bacary Sagna with a decent strike. His left-footed daisy-cutter from outside the area drifts wide of Van der Sar's goal.

  • 51'

    The corner is taken short, but in the end an inaccurate cross is flung into the box and the chance has passed.

  • 50'

    A corner to United. Rooney made a surging run forward before being halted by Koscielny. From the rebound, Clichy blocked Nani's cross.

  • 48'

    A well-struck curling shot from Rooney and Szczesny makes a solid save. From the rebound, Evra crashes a low drive into the side-netting.

  • 47'

    Dangerous free kick for United with Rooney poised...

  • 47'

    Wilshere does well to feed Walcott inside the area, the winger turns and sees his low shot blocked.

  • 46'

    A hamstring injury has forced off Nasri. It's a good job they've nothing to play for...

  • 45'

    SECOND HALF United with the restart.

  • 45'

    Andrei Arshavin on for Samir Nasri

  • 45'

    The teams are out for the second half, let's hope for an improvement and a few goals.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Not much for United to get excited about in that first half, but they will be very glad to still be level ahead of the second period.

  • 45'

    Alex Ferguson will be pleased his team have got to half time level. A point would be a decent enough result in the title race.

  • 45'

    So Arsenal on top territorially, and have created the few chances there have been, but we still await the breakthrough.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME It's goalless at the break, the big controversy at half time is around that Vidic handball from Walcott's cross.

  • 45'

    Van Persie heads clear in defence again and United are frustrated.

  • 44'

    A late set piece for United, Clichy tripping Nani out on the right...

  • 43'

    Of the two teams, United will be the happier to get to the break goalless. But Arsenal have been OK, and will hope for a little extra in the second half.

  • 42'

    A chance at the end of the half for United. Park is a whisker away from getting on the end of Nani's cross, before Anderson curls a weak effort into the arms of Szczesny.

  • 41'

    Clichy wins a foot race with Nani to gather the ball for Arsenal, only for Koscielny to gift it to Anderson. Nani then feeds Rooney, whose low cross evades everyone and runs out for a goal kick.

  • 40'

    Wayne Rooney is the first man in the book for bringing down Wilshere as he sprinted clear.

  • 39'

    Van Persie rises well to head clear at the near post.

  • 38'

    Wayne Rooney's first sight of goal, his 25-yard shot deflected wide for a corner...

  • 37'

    Ramsey looks to slalom his way through the United defence, but Ferdidand does well to get his foot in and clear.

  • 35'

    At least it provided a moment of excitement in a game that has been slightly dull.

  • 34'

    A weekend of controversy seems to be ending with a doozy. That was a stone-wall penalty and not many on the pitch seem to have noticed it.

  • 33'

    Fabio with a lung-busting burst forward, Koscielny is across well to put the ball into touch.

  • 32'

    United defend the corner and have they have got away with it. That was a definite handball and should have been a penalty to Arsenal.

  • 31'

    Fantastic defending from Vidic, or was it? Walcott whips in a devilish delivery which Van Persie looks set to nod home. Vidic clears, but on second viewing it was clearly with his hand!

  • 30'

    A rather drab opening half hour. Surely it has to get better?

  • 29'

    Wilshere impedes Michael Carrick and it's a free kick to United.

  • 28'

    Arsenal attempting to play very intricate football and it's getting very congested on the edge of the United penalty area. You sense the home team might be running out of ideas.

  • 27'

    Wonderful play from Ramsey and the Welshman plays in Sagna, who is in an excellent position to cross. Sagna scuffs his attempt pathetically and the chance has gone.

  • 26'

    Arsenal have had the better of the ball and the better of the opportunities, but neither goalkeeper has been tested.

  • 25'

    25 minutes gone and it's still goalless. Who can make the breakthrough?

  • 23'

    Arsenal's attack breaks down as Clichy plays a harmless long ball into the arms of Van der Sar.

  • 22'

    United enjoying a little more possession. Anderson attempts to play in Park, but his pass is poor and runs through to Szczesny.

  • 21'

    The corner breaks for Park, who sees his shot well charged down.

  • 20'

    Fabio involved again, this time at the other end! He walks into the Arsenal penalty area with alarming ease, and as he looks for Hernandez, Arsenal are able to clear for a corner.

  • 19'

    Wilshere finding plenty of space, but as he tries to attack he gifts possession to Fabio.

  • 18'

    Wilshere goes down on the edge of the area after being released by Nasri. The England midfielder was never going to get to the loose ball, but he was certainly hauled down by Vidic.

  • 16'

    The tempo of the match has tailed off since Arsenal's bright start.

  • 15'

    Clichy feeds Nasri down the left, but the winger is offside.

  • 14'

    A poor corner from Arsenal, who really have very little aerial presence in their team.

  • 14'

    A vital interception from Evra! Wilshere with an excellent burst into the United box, his low cross looks for Walcott who would've had a tap in, but Evra concedes the corner!

  • 12'

    United have started to come into the game after Arsenal had the upper hand in the opening exchanges.

  • 11'

    Patrice Evra with a well-shaped pass down the channel for Park Ji-Sung. Szczesny is quick off his line to gather the ball.

  • 10'

    The short corner is a waste and Nani eventually brings the ball clear for United.

  • 9'

    Corner to Arsenal after a neat one-two between Walcott and Wilshere...

  • 8'

    Wayne Rooney sprays a long ball upfield with Javier Hernandez making a break. The Mexican is halted by an offside flag.

  • 7'

    A positive start from Arsenal. Clichy breaks down the left and whips in a good low cross for Walcott to side-foot over the bar.

  • 6'

    Van Persie attempts a header on goal from Samir Nasri's cross which loops well over the crossbar.

  • 5'

    Arsenal are seeing plenty of possession, as you would expect. United are defending well though.

  • 4'

    Nani with an ambitious effort after cutting inside Gael Clichy. His drive from the corner of the box is high and wide.

  • 3'

    Free kick to United, Aaron Ramsey tripping Anderson in the centre circle.

  • 2'

    An early sight of goal for Jack Wilshere after some excellent approach play. Theo Walcott's cross causes chaos and falls to Wilshere, who drags a left-footed shot wide with Rio Ferdinand closing him down.

  • 1'

    Arsenal's title ambitions might have been derailed recently, but they can give Chelsea a huge lift with victory today.


    KICK OFF Arsenal get us started.


    United rest Ryan Giggs, with Michael Carrick and Anderson paired in midfield. Nani comes in for Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney continue up front.


    No Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal. He misses out with Robin van Persie taking over as captain.


    Welcome to a match that is always big regardless of when it takes place. Manchester United travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.