• FT

    Man Utd

    2

    Arsenal

    1

  • FT

    Fulham

    2

    Everton

    2

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    Norwich

    1

    Stoke

    0

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    Sunderland

    0

    Aston Villa

    1

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    Swansea

    1

    Chelsea

    1

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    Tottenham

    0

    Wigan

    1

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    West Ham

    0

    Man City

    0

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Old Trafford, England

Attendance: 75492

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Manchester United

  • Robin Van Persie 3'
  • Patrice Evra 67'

2 - 1

FT

Arsenal

  • Santi Cazorla 90' +5'
Watch Live on: ESPN2, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
  •  

    James Tyler: Bye, all! Boot Room!

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    James Tyler: Aka when United was no longer bothered, Adam. Agree.

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Brilliant goal, that is. But oh so sad that Arsenal's best attacks came in stoppage time, when they were reduced to 10 men.

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    James Tyler: Enjoy the rest of your weekend if you can, folks. Check ESPNFC.com for all kinds of quality analysis and such.

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    Roger Bennett: sorry @pcarrespn

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. Until next time: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BOOT ROOMS.

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    James Tyler: Fair enough, Jan. Very odd game. Listless Arsenal exposed by a rather tame United side. Was like watching two babies battle for a rattle.

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    Roger Bennett: Odd end to a dire game. loved being with you Paul, JT and America...

    follow us on Twitter:

    @rogbennett me

    @jamestylerespn him

    @paulcarrespn the smart gent

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I'm not so irate/frustrated with this result. Despondent and very disappointed would be more accurate.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Finally, FT at Old Trafford. 94 minutes of visual Nyquil.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Man United (at least temporarily) moves top of the table for the first time this season.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1.

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    James Tyler: What silly nonsense. Cazorla picks up a loose ball on the edge of the box and curls it past De Gea. With virtually the last kick of the game.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: This one is going to end 5-4 isn't it?

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: Sagna's cross for Giroud is defended.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: We have lots of things for sale there. A pair of JT's paint splattered overalls. Our old tea pot with a crack in it

  •  

    James Tyler: There are plenty that aren't irate/frustrated, clearly. They're the ones that will defend the club no matter what. I'm as guilty of that blinkered approach with LFC sometimes, I'll admit.

  •  

    [Comment from guest]
    Except, JT, that you have all mentioned how irate/frustrated Arsenal fans would be with this result.

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm making DVDs as we speak, CH. Will be on sale at BootRoomShop.com (not a real URL) soon.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: ESPN Classic? Brilliant.

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    Will this game be available for replay on ESPN3 or ESPN Classic?

  •  

    James Tyler: They love Arsenal, they do. Oh Arsenal, they love you.

  •  

    James Tyler: 93rd minute. Arsenal fans winning the chanting, but that matters little.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Macca's sarcastic cheering was sad and awesome.

  •  

    James Tyler: First shot on target! If you had 92nd minute in the sweepstakes, you get a prize.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Arsenal has completed 3 of 20 passes in the penalty area. United is 17 of 48.

  •  

    James Tyler: Save for De Gea! He's done something today! Good sharp stop from Giroud's narrow-angle shot.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: De Gea pops his book down

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    James Tyler: I feel like Bill Murray trapped in a rural Pennsylvania town, taka taka.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cue cliched shots of Arsenal fans with long faces, hand tightly clenched around tummies.

  •  

    [Comment from taka taka]
    top 'o the table for Sir Alex. This looks familiar

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MountainWAG Is that not a valid criticism? Surely managers pay attention to that stuff. Leave him in and that's what happens. Cause>effect.

  •  

    James Tyler: Four minutes of added time.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Mikel Arteta cautioned for another of those heavy tackles I've seen plenty of today.

  •  

    James Tyler: Both teams hungover and/or jetlagged throughout. Little in the way of controversy, I'd say. PK was a penalty (raised arms away from body) and Wilshere was warned many times before his second yellow.

  •  

    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Game being played out to one repeated chant...."we love you Arsenal we do" @HenryWinter ; My question is being sung by United fans or Arsenal's?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I would love to see Arsenal's pass completion rate in the final third. macabre.

  •  

    James Tyler: I could go insane trying to summarize this game. Of the two teams, half a team showed up. Well, one player. Van Persie. Sharpest by far.

  •  

    [Comment from Chicharito]
    Wait, what was the big deal about Walcott coming on again?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MountainWAG Wilshere was warned too.

  •  

    James Tyler: Van Persie with the corner.... Nani glances it toward goal but Santos clears.

  •  

    James Tyler: Anderson tries to trick his way past Mertesacker and into the box but the German defends it well.

  •  

    James Tyler: "There's always next year."

  •  

    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Some arsenal fans are frustrated and out of patience. This needs to be dealt with.

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    Charlie, your best striker is wearing red

  •  

    [Comment from Sean]
    Have to admit... Arsenal fan here but this is quite scary!

  •  

    James Tyler: Four minutes left. Vermaelen appears injured. He's been underwhelming today.

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    James Tyler: ALL HAIL SIR IAN.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    ian darke said " de gea could have brought a book" LOL

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    The problem is, our best striker is on the bench. CHAMAKH ATTACK!

  •  

    [Comment from Arsene Wenger]
    Time to scout Southampton's youth team for another winger

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MountainWAG Wilshere had been whistled for at least 5-6 fouls prior to the second yellow. Ample warning to settle down.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans are proud and defensive. but this team has real problems. all over the field right now.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W.]
    PCarr, that's not bad for a defender.

  •  

    James Tyler: Got to steam clean the chicken vindaloo out of the Boot Room carpets.

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    PCarrESPN: Over the last two league seasons with Arsenal and Zenit, Arshavin has five yellows and four goals.

  •  

    James Tyler: No, it won't. But we'll be back for Champions League.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan]
    Will Boot Room be continuing for the next set of matches?

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner for United as Mertesacker nods a cross away. Corner's cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MountainWAG Think you're clutching at straws. Not seeing it like that today. United simply better today (though not by much).

  •  

    [Comment from Trilby]
    ARSHAVIN. Yellow within his first minute. Brilliant.

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Welcome to Old Trafford, Andrei Arshavin.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Champions League this week. Qualifying for it is apparently a trophy, might as well try to win it too.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR UNITED: Valencia off, Nani on

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Podolski off, Andrei Arshavin on.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Wayne Rooney with his first real contribution since last week.

  •  

    [Comment from Milos]
    It was Andesons stomach that was offside

  •  

    James Tyler: Ha! Fine. I thought it was called on van Persie. Makes more sense now.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Anderson was offside, JT. Stop being biased. ;)

  •  

    [Comment from Milos]
    SAF and Arsene should exchange jackets after game

  •  

    James Tyler: At this point, why even bother?

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Above everything else, how can Wenger defend only having used one sub in this game?

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR UNITED BUT IT WON'T COUNT. Simple passing triangle involving van Persie is played to Anderson on the right, he sidefoots it in but RvP was reportedly behind the last defender. Looked level. Oh well.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W.]
    United didn't even play well today.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: kick off?

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Rog - at what point does Wenger just curl up on the pitch and take a nap?

  •  

    [Comment from James]
    When you say QPR, I think you mean Joey Barton

  •  

    James Tyler: Well played, Jan. Though you're clearly not.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    At least we're better than Liverpool.

  •  

    James Tyler: 79th minute. Arsenal yet to register a shot on target, I believe.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Statsie in here to dig the knife a bit deeper...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Welcome Arsene, I think Santos is going to ask you for your snuggie sack at half time

  •  

    PCarrESPN: 11 red cards for Arsenal in last three seasons, tied with Man City & QPR for most in PL.

  •  

    James Tyler: Tres bien, Arsene. Quel dommage.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hard to tell Bilal. This Arsenal performance has been dreadful.

  •  

    [Comment from Arsene Wenger]
    I can't even bear to watch my own team, so I decided to come on ESPN FC. How are you all today?

  •  

    James Tyler: They are the ambling zombie lurching toward the compound, Bilal. They will be in this race to the bitter end.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Did you learn nothing from the Barcelona red card RVP

  •  

    [Comment from Bilal (LFC)]
    With United's performances so far, do you think they'll win the league

  •  

    James Tyler: RvP played in over the top. Nice chip to him. He's flagged offside this time.

  •  

    James Tyler: And Walcott shot wide/over the bar from close-range. Needed that.

  •  

    James Tyler: 15 minutes left.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MountainWAG Foul doesn't always equal card.

  •  

    James Tyler: I can see that, Casey. There was reasons for last season's pain: injuries, the sales of Fabregas and Nasri. This year, no such excuse. Just a limp, lackadaisical performance.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    "Boss, can we stop at the Etihad on our way out of town? I need a Samir Nasri shirt." #SantosSouvenirs

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    In a way this feels worse than last year's match at OT

  •  

    James Tyler: Brilliant, Rog.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Santos looks like a man ready to run back into the changing room, grab as many complimentary soaps and hand creams as possible, stuff them in his bag, and get out of town

  •  

    James Tyler: United brought on Anderson! At least that evened up the midfield.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Wenger had no choice but to keep Wilshere really...subbing him for Coquelin or Arshavin wouldn't have helped Arsenal getting back in the game.

  •  

    James Tyler: Troll steady, YanksAreComing. No-one's complaining.

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    PCarrESPN: He hasn't played for Brazil since August 2011.

  •  

    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    Are the arsenal fans gonna cry about that double yellow and the pk? both of which were right calls....i say yes.. let the excuse train pull out of the station....

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Only 10 of Santos' 22 caps were friendlies.

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    We need to go all-out for the Capitol One Cup. All we got.

  •  

    James Tyler: @Andy -- That was a second XI in that game. One hoped the senior side could learn from it.

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    22 friendlies, Rog?

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    Absolutely pathetic performance, but no one would listen when I said calm down after only beating Reading 7-5

  •  

    James Tyler: Good point, Eric. Fergie could sense Cleverley's youthful exuberance might be costly and so made the swap. Wenger gambled on Wilshere keeping himself under control and lost.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Brazil fans. Think about this: Santos has 22 caps for your lot.

  •  

    [Comment from Eric GFOP]
    Fact Cleverly was wisely subbed. Wilshire not so much.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W.]
    GOAL DIFFERENTIAL TIME!

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Anderson upends Mikel Arteta in midfield. Easy shout for Mike Dean.

  •  

    James Tyler: 20 minutes left.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    Now we have to live in guilt this whole week waiting for a non-controversial win!

  •  

    [Comment from JTSpurs]
    Hereford 2 Shrewsbury 1 probably a better game towatch

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Look away now Arsenal fans. The next 20 minutes are going to be one long Joe Theisman leg break

  •  

    James Tyler: Rooney's shot is blocked by Arteta. Still time for United to score six more.

  •  

    [Comment from Gurdit]
    No protest from Jack as he leaves the pitch ... knew right away

  •  

    James Tyler: Wenger again with sloppy subbing. Should have pulled Wilshere sooner given his foul trouble.

  •  

    James Tyler: He springs through Evra's ankle and after a string of not-called booking chances, he's finally punished.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    (Checks off "sending off" on bingo card)

  •  

    James Tyler: SECOND YELLOW FOR JACK WILSHERE. Good night, sweet Prince.

  •  

    James Tyler: @ Trilby -- he's scored a couple of headers this season.

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    Still 0 shots on goal for arsenal

  •  

    [Comment from southy]
    what happen to the so call "Steve Bould effect"

  •  

    [Comment from Trilby]
    Evra. EVRA?? We're talking 'bout EVRA?!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    "Right lads, collect your commemorative shirts and let's head for the team bus."

  •  

    PCarrESPN: 2 league goals for Evra this season, his most since he scored 3 for Marsala in 1998-99.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for United! Cut back from the right to Anderson in miles of space. He tries to sidefoot it from the edge of the box and it fizzes over. Blood smelled in the water, now.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great pass to find the man. unfortunately that man was Anderson

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    For a 6' 6" human being, Mertesacker is awful at headers

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Weird game for Arsenal. Such a generous mood when it comes to United. First goal a gift. Second goal lazy.

  •  

    James Tyler: Too late!

  •  

    [Comment from ben]
    arsenal need to attack and hold the ball more

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arsenal just need to concede two more before springing into life

  •  

    James Tyler: Set piece, Evra unmarked in the box, downward header bounces over Mannone's dive. Simple. Frustrating.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR UNITED

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    James Tyler: Van Persie looked offside but flag stayed down, he collects in the box and tries to sidefoot it past Mannone but the Arsenal keeper palms it past the post. Corner, United...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Outstanding save. RvP would have scored that

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for United! Should have been 2-0!

  •  

    James Tyler: Also, where's Theo Walcott? #GameChanger

  •  

    James Tyler: Feels like a chance missed, that.

  •  

    James Tyler: Michael Carrick missed the Belgian's run behind him because the sun was in his eyes.

  •  

    James Tyler: Swung in by Wilshere and flicked on but Vermaelen can't reach it at the far post to turn it on goal!

  •  

    James Tyler: We're inside the final half-hour. Another Arsenal free-kick, wide right this time.

  •  

    James Tyler: Aye. Feels like a missed opportunity.

  •  

    [Comment from Trilby]
    Valencia should be destroying Santos down the right, but #7 has been wasteful.

  •  

    James Tyler: Good idea by Anderson to play Young in over the top but he's half a yard offside. Easy call.

  •  

    James Tyler: I still think United will close this out, but without the force or comfort that one might expect.

  •  

    [Comment from Pete]
    JT, your prediction, are United going to get complacent and throw away points here?

  •  

    James Tyler: Really? He had three assists midweek vs. Chelsea. Is good for 30 minutes but gets tired. You know. Because he's a little overweight, apparently.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    The only United player that scares me less than Cleverly is Anderson.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR UNITED: Tom Cleverley off, Anderson on to bolster the midfield.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: RvP has two PL red cards...last in 2008.

  •  

    James Tyler: There was an argument for red given the force/lateness.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: England's "future" takes a seat

  •  

    [Comment from Xavier]
    That was extremely reckless, another day thats red

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Robin van Persie takes Sagna out awfully late as the Gunners try to play out from the back.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    How did this game suddenly become so open? Did both teams agree to play 9 vs. 9?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: The worst there from Valencia

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Theos boots. A no-no with purple.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cleverley gets a stern talking-to from Mike Dean for another zesty challenge. Free kick, Arsenal. 35 yards out and central.

  •  

    James Tyler: Panic in the Arsenal box as Evra collects a deep cross and squares it for Rooney to have a shot. Screams for handball as his volley deflects off Mertesacker's thigh onto his shoulder. Nothing given.

  •  

    James Tyler: Walcott. But only just.

  •  

    [Comment from CJ]
    Theo Walcott or Aaron Lennon?

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Wilshere finally doing what other Arsenal players won't do. Foul van Persie.

  •  

    James Tyler: (audible Wenger groan)

  •  

    James Tyler: Wide open stuff by Arsenal but when it's finally worked wide to Andre Santos, the shirt-stealer blasts his cross over the bar with several Gunners waiting in the box for the ball.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Ramsey had more touches than Arteta. Is that bad?

  •  

    James Tyler: Free kick's pinged off the wall. Takes a kind deflection to Valencia, wide right, bu his cross is cleared.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Is it just me or has Wilshere been overplucking those eyebrows?

  •  

    James Tyler: Jack Wilshere and RvP convene in midfield as the Arsenal man clatters into his former teammate. Jack better calm down given his earlier booking.

  •  

    [Comment from Milos]
    Giroud misses just so he can make those faces

  •  

    James Tyler: Looked like it at first view, but clanged off the upright.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    KICK SAVE!!!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Cross is low from the left flank and finds Giroud in the box. He spins off Evans and fires off the post. Close!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Not seen it enough to know. Lets watch and savor.

  •  

    James Tyler: I'll try anything twice, CH.

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    Rog and James, what do you guys think of Walcott as a central striker?

  •  

    James Tyler: Bless. He could still pass for a 13-year-old scamp.

  •  

    James Tyler: Andrei Arshavin's playing ball boy!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arshavin cameo as ball boy

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    THEO, THEO, THEO, THEO

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Aaron Ramsey off, Theo Walcott on. Surely, the Gunners will score 12 now. It was that simple.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: THEEEEE-ooooooH

  •  

    James Tyler: Better from Arsenal but Santos is eventually dispossessed on the left side of the box.

  •  

    James Tyler: Theo Walcott's warming up...

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    I love it when things happen

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Ramsey is injured. Could be a blessing in disguise

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I think with these kits, their socks are typically black and purple striped. I'm guessing they're wearing red so their socks don't look similar to United. Or they don't want to look like 70 year old men.

  •  

    James Tyler: Both sides release the handbrake and are careening down a steep hill. Santos' cross nutmegs Ferdinand and skids across the six-yard box untouched. Was begging for an Arsenal runner to toe-poke it home.

  •  

    James Tyler: "It's all happening now."

  •  

    [Comment from Trilby]
    "Congratulations, guys, a vast improvement from our last visit to Old Trafford! Just don't leak 7 goals in the second half, and we'll leave happy!"

  •  

    James Tyler: Obviously.

  •  

    [Comment from KellyDavitt]
    Carrick or Rooney: which one of these things do you think smells worse right now?

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    Clever Wegner, Wolcott not coming in until they are down 2

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    Santos applauds that Carrick shot.

  •  

    James Tyler: Van Persie has a cross blocked, Ashley Young wins it back from Mertesacker and fires in another cross. It's scrambled clear as far as Carrick, who promptly hoofs it wide of goal. Was on target and then gently curled left and wide.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Carrick. Close. For Carrick. Well wide for every normal player.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: On Arsenal's kits. I dont understand the red socks. I dont. Has to be purple and black hoops surely?

  •  

    James Tyler: Vincent Kompany's been slightly less than imperious this season. But yes, your joke is accurate.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff in NC]
    Vermaelen: the only Belgian not playing well?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chris Iwelumo agrees.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I've seen worse misses than that. That was bad, but not the miss of the century.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    Torres-esque

  •  

    James Tyler: Vermaelen gifts the ball to RvP on the right side of the box, the Dutchman steams into the area and crosses for Valencia who can't turn it on target from inside the six-yard box.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Guess who isn't left-footed...Valencia!

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for United! Should have been 2-0

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Of the millenia

  •  

    James Tyler: Ramsey tries to break but Rio Ferdinand halts it.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Miss of the Century

  •  

    James Tyler: We're off for the second of two halves.

  •  

    James Tyler: "Fourth place is a trophy."

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Wenger: "Good job, lads. Lovely half. We've done well. To Vermaelen for gifting the goal and Santos for asking for the shirt, thank you for respecting RvP. We've done well. More of the same in the 2nd. Go team."

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Maybe Robin van Persie should take Man United's penalties. He's converted 18 of his last 22.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: BomBSCARE: I think Wenger will have just played them John Cougar Mellencamp's "Hurts So Bad"

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: Right then, second half....

  •  

    James Tyler: Let us hope. The game has been rather banal thus far.

  •  

    [Comment from Fearless biggie]
    I think we have a handful to watch in the 2rd half

  •  

    James Tyler: Same thing he said vs. Reading in midwekk.

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    JT - what do you think Wenger is telling his players?

  •  

    James Tyler: Careful, Andy. Doctors recommend that people avoid Piers Morgan on social media. And, well, everywhere else.

  •  

    [Comment from guest]
    Ian Darke finds a way to bash Arsenal's fifth-choice goalkeeper at halftime.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    Piers Morgan ?@piersmorgan Just seen tape of Santos getting #VanPursestrings ' shirt - utterly disgraceful. I want him sold tomorrow." LOL

  •  

    James Tyler: Heh. You realize that's more or less the actual midfield right now?

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    I can't help but think we should just try a 4-4-2 with a midfield of : Ramsey, Wilshire, Cazorla, Arteta, Forwards: Giroud in behind Walcott

  •  

    James Tyler: @southy -- we could target all 22 players. If you wish to say we're "targeting foreigners" for pointing out that - gasp - Andre Santos has been awful, then so be it. #BIAS

  •  

    James Tyler: We're all there too, Dami.

  •  

    [Comment from Dami]
    Seeing this game, i now conclude Mata as a better player than Cazorla is.

  •  

    [Comment from southy]
    you so call pundits are always targeting the foreigners..not surprised that Bennett and Tyler are targeting Santos

  •  

    James Tyler: "Lads, I've got a van Persie shirt! I just need an Alex Song and a Samir Nasri to get the full set!!!!"

  •  

    James Tyler: Thank heavens for small victories!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: BTW. Can you imagine how Santos' teammates would feel as he whistled his way into the locker room after that performance proudly carrying RVP's jersey?

  •  

    [Comment from KellyDavitt]
    Cheer up Arsenal fans. Your team still can work the hell out of a suit.

  •  

    James Tyler: England does the same with James Milner. He'll play a "defensive right wing."

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Half time Reading. A Jack Wilshere Profile. Quite a geezer:
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/1404?cc=5901

  •  

    James Tyler: He's playing it defensively. Wants to have a disciplined midfield and fears what might happen if he has wingers that don't track back.

  •  

    [Comment from Jack Knight]
    Why does Wenger insist on playing Ramsey on the wing?

  •  

    James Tyler: He's not. So that won't work. Chamakh, perhaps? Dare we wish for him to enter? Arguably has more confidence than other Arsenal strikers at the moment, what with his midweek scoring.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    Is Gnabry on the bench? I would go for it and throw on Walcott on the right and Gnabry on the left. The biggest problem - even bigger than Santos - is that we have no dynamism from Ramsey or Podolski.

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    James Tyler: I'd ditch Ramsey. Though to be fair, he's not playing CM where he's more comfy. I'd also move to the 4-3-3 as well. Nothing gained by being so timid.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Koscielny on for Santos. Walcott on for Ramsey (or Wilshere)

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    James Tyler: Think it is time to invoke the Walcott Clause. Without a doubt. United just looks too comfortable at the defensive end. Has Rio Ferdinand had to do anything of note?

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    PCarrESPN: Good news for Arsenal: Gunners have 418 touches to Man United's 358. Bad news: Per Mertesacker leads Arsenal with 59 touches.

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    [Comment from David]
    Bring on Walcott and get some chances going.

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    James Tyler: So, what should United do in the second half? Besides wake up. Same question to Arsenal fans. Time to ditch the wing-less approach? Sell Santos?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Andre Santos just came into my living room and asked for my shirt.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I do every day, Rog.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Contrary to rumors, Andre Santos didn't ask Mike Dean for his shirt also.

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    PCarrESPN: 3rd off-target penalty in last three seasons for Rooney. No other player has more than one.

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    Roger Bennett: Awful first half. This sport will never catch on in America etc.

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    Roger Bennett: if i was an arsenal fan, i would sincerely demand that Santos never play for Arsenal again. Not because he is awful. which he is. but taking his opponent's jersey as they leave the field is the best indicator of just how much is mind has been on this game.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    A limerick for Santos: There once was a man from Sao Paulo/ Whose footballing skills were quite fallow/ He's in at left back/ But United's attack/ Ain't wholly aware he exists though.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @ayjay At HT, seemed like RvP was walking toward tunnel and Santos chased him down.

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    James Tyler: Positives: Arsenal is still in this game
    Negatives: It's an awful game. Ramsey, Arteta, Podolski all poor. United looking dull too.

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: Really, an awful half of football. But Andre Santos has a nice new shirt.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Souvenirs! RT @Twisted_Blood: Santos asked for, and got, Van Persie's shirt. At half-time. End football now, please.

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    James Tyler: Just mental.

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    [Comment from deSelby]
    RVP gives santos his shirt. awwwwwwwww.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I know that is not you Wayne. The real Wayne Rooney don't use "Mister"

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Shaq's career FT% is 52.7.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Santos runs over to high-five RvP again as the teams head into the tunnel. I don't get it.

  •  

    [Comment from Wayne Rooney]
    Surely you're joking Mr. Bennett

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Manchester United 1, Arsenal 0. The worst Prem game I can remember this season.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Does anyone know Shaq's career free throw rate?

  •  

    James Tyler: Who knows... we can speculate until the end of time.

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    [Comment from Tom]
    why wouldn't RvP take that?? because he feels bad?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Paul Carr. Rooney is to Penalties as Shaq was to free throws?

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    PCarrESPN: *That's Rooney's entire club career...not just with United.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    This is the worst game I've seen in the BPL this year. That's how I feel right now at least.

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    James Tyler: Wenger's having words with the fourth official. As you do.

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    PCarrESPN: Rooney now 17 of 26 on penalties with Manchester United (65%). Average conversion rate is around 75%.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    Cue up Yakkity Saks.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    I guess we won't see any refs boycotting United.

  •  

    James Tyler: No, it was pretty obvious. Cazorla with arms raised, not even looking at the ball.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    There's the "Dubious Penalty Awarded"

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #NeverLetEnglishPlayersTakePenaltiesMeme

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Dear Wayne, Thank you. Love Neutrals.

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    James Tyler: Mannone guessed correctly too.

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    James Tyler: Cracks the outside of the post!

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    James Tyler: ROONEY MISSES IT

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    James Tyler: We're in stoppage time, too. Almost home free...

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Another absolute gift by Arsenal. Generous Gunners.

  •  

    James Tyler: Young's cross is blocked by Santi Cazorla's arms. He protests to no avail. Another gift.

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    Roger Bennett: Santi. Poor Santi.

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    James Tyler: Ball his a hand in the box... well then.

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    James Tyler: Corner taken short... PENALTY TO UNITED

  •  

    [Comment from Davittski]
    Thank God my power came back on in time for Saturday football and BOOT ROOM! Good morning all! AlthoughCOYS

  •  

    [Comment from Jonah]
    Both teams have looked awful today. Other than a gift from Vermaelen, United haven't been fantastic either.

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    James Tyler: Corner to United.

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    James Tyler: Rooney with a decent cross but rebuffed by Mertesacker.

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    James Tyler: Ashley Young bears down on Sagna but hits his cross straight to Mertesacker. Brilliant. Then Jonny Evans cleans up easily on an attempted through-ball for Giroud.

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    James Tyler: WENGER OUT

  •  

    [Comment from Daniel]
    Sloppy and forgettable half of football

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    19 of 22 players on the pitch have been dire....

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    James Tyler: Sir Ian just did. He's been dire.

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Just woke up - has anybody mentioned how poor Ramsey has been today?

  •  

    James Tyler: United with a good attacking break but ruined down the right with a poor outlet pass. Gunners clear.

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    Roger Bennett: Reminder of Hurricane Sandy on Men In Blazers face book page from David Makris: Espn2 isn't working for some reason in Brooklyn. So I'm watching the match on espn deportes. No sir ian dark for me unfortunately. I was almost looking forward to his call as much as i was to the match itself

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    James Tyler: Good point. United with 4 shots on target despite seemingly being "better" in the first half. That the Gunners can play this limply and only be 1-0 down might be a boon.

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    Gunners should be pleased if they get back into the tunnel just 0-1 down.

  •  

    James Tyler: These teams appear to be Stoke and Sunderland in disguise.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Giroud and Podolski's movement seems disconnected to Santi and Wilshere's thinking. playing in different dimensions...

  •  

    [Comment from Milos]
    United needs more defenders like Giroud

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    James Tyler: Half time is but 5 minutes away. Tweet questions using #FCBootroom in a bid to hear Sir Ian Darke say your Twitter handle.

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    James Tyler: It was the worst header ever.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Cleared by Giroud.

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    PCarrESPN: Arteta up to sixth on Arsenal in touches today.

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    Roger Bennett: Passes: Cleverly 33 of 35. Wilshere 24 of 27

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    James Tyler: Santi Cazorla finds Olivier Giroud unmarked at the near post but the ex-Montpellier man nods it powerfully into the crowd.

  •  

    [Comment from Barr]
    is jack losing against cleverly?

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner for Arsenal...

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    See? Mikel Arteta is playing.

  •  

    James Tyler: Bent in by Arteta -- yes, I'd forgotten he was playing too -- but forcefully cleared.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Cleverley trips Santi Cazorla in the United half as the Spaniard cut infield past him.

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    James Tyler: No -- but he's busy on his opening statements for the FA, I'm sure.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: No. Week off.

  •  

    [Comment from Milos]
    Is Clattenburg working this weekend?

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    James Tyler: Wilshere dribbles manfully around the United half. Carrick shepherds him to the corner flag and the Arsenal midfielder can't keep the ball in play before crossing, collapses in a heap. Must wonder why he does this week after week.

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    Roger Bennett: I feel for Jack Wilshere. In danger of trying to do too much. Needs to keep this simple. His team are very much still in this game.

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    James Tyler: Exactly. The folly of youth to play that ball when he had room in the box to move into.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Cleverly crossed WAY too early there. No one in front of him there.

  •  

    James Tyler: Carrick chops down Jack Wilshere in midfield.

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    Roger Bennett: I wish Matchday live was working. Much better than us right Morty?

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Matchday Live not working? Not that I don't prefer the Boot Room.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @WongWongs It would, but we never will. It's a zombie meme that will outlive us all.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    Dire times when Theo is seen as your savior

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    James Tyler: Break for United via Cleverley down the right but his cross isn't ideal.

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    James Tyler: As good as anything else, Doug. Like I said, waiting for half-time is like waiting for United to score a second goal.

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    Roger Bennett: European soccer powers like the managers of Cluj and Bate will be watching this game and laughing.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Swap Jenkinson for Santos now, or more creatively, take Podolski out as he looks flat - put Jenkinsion in the back, push Santos into the midfield, put Ramsey in the midfield, and throw Walcott up with Giroud. Thoughts?

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    James Tyler: I see no reason to wait until half-time for changes. This -- whatever *this* is -- clearly isn't working.

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    Walcott on before half, JT?

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    James Tyler: He could, sure. 0.3 goals per 90 minutes though.

  •  

    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Some judgement passed. He can do better than 8.

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    James Tyler: 31 minutes in and it feels like we've watched an entire game, so sluggish and tame as the game's been thus far.

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    James Tyler: No more than 8.

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    How many goals ydo ou think Podo is good for this campaign JT?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal being castigated for maintaining good profits. #Football

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans will want Santi and Wilshere on the ball but the 3 players with the most touches are Mertesacker, Sagna and Vermaelen

  •  

    James Tyler: But he's seen his minutes slowly ebb of late as Kroos/Reus are in better form.

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    James Tyler: But Jan, he does generally play wide in the 4-2-3-1 for Die Mannschaft.

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    PCarrESPN: Among forwards with at least two goals this season, Podolski's 0.3 goals per 90 minutes are second-worst in the league (behind Pogrebyak).

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I don't think Podolski is being played in his optimal position. Needs to be more up top than out wide.

  •  

    [Comment from newman]
    Arsenal's shirts look like the Hamburgler mated with Grimace.

  •  

    James Tyler: But we could have examined their efforts in Ligue 1/Bundesliga. Giroud always felt like a limited striker. Podolski was manful at Cologne yet always deployed wide for German NT.

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    10 - 12 games, it's too early on Podo & Giroud.

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Ashley Young. The winger treads on Sagna's foot after the ball was played.

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    James Tyler: I think people realized it this summer when Arsene Wenger bought them both in a bid to erase memories of van Persie, Andy.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Steve Bould's plaudit givers appear a little hasty. Arsenal's defence is leaden. They can score in this game though

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    How long before people realize Podolski and Giroud are not THAT good?

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Lucozade tastes like carbonated Tang (at least the orange version). I don't know who came up with the brilliant idea to make it carbonated.

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    James Tyler: Gunners' backline rather porous.

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    James Tyler: Chances for United! Mannone makes too wonderful saves with the sun in his eyes, first to deny Rooney's volley and the second to smother RvP's glancing header.

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    James Tyler: Podolski and Giroud not yet on the "same page." German's through-ball finds De Gea as the Frenchman had stopped his run.

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    PCarrESPN: Maybe there's hope for Arsenal. The Gunners won 24 points after trailing last season, most in the Premier League. Of course, one RvP had much to do with that.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not knocking Ramsey, but the Gunners do have a couple of wingers on the bench. That or they should open up the formation a little bit.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tastes more like Old Spice

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Arteta leads the Premier League in touches this season, but he's currently 7th on the team in touches today.

  •  

    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Does Lucozade taste exactly like Gatorade or is it something different?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, good run by Ramsey, too to force De Gea into a mild panic. Though one wonders if Arsenal could benefit from using an actual winger. Looks very England-esque to deploy CMs in wide midfield.

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    James Tyler: Ashley Young is dazed and confused on the touchline. Getting some magic spray and a swig of Lucozade.

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    James Tyler: It's as much on Podolski, too Adam. He's not tracking back to help out. No wonder the Brazilian looks so overmatched. He literally has too many opponents to deal with.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: De Gea's punch was extremely dicey there. Got away with one. Punched right through the gut of the box.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: *Futilely searches databases for jersey styles*

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Santos is getting torched, unsurprisingly. Vermaelen (or Sagna, for that matter) at LB would have been a better choice.

  •  

    James Tyler: First thing I learned: don't headbutt the referee.

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    The first thing you learn in football. Don't dribble in your own defensive zone

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Interesting shirt clash. checks against stripes. you dont see that too often do you Paul Carr?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rooney curls it in, Giroud heads it clear.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Previous PL record was Arsenal's 46-game run from 2001-03.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @NickMillerF365 Amazing, right?

  •  

    James Tyler: United corner won off Bacary Sagna.

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    Roger Bennett: Even though Arsenal players know what he is going to do they do not have the mental speed to stop it. RvP processes the game so quickly...

  •  

    PCarrESPN: United has extended its club and Premier League record by scoring in its 54th straight home game.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for United! Two passes and RvP forces a stinging save from Mannone. Clever angled run by the Dutchman and Rooney's through-ball played him between Vermaelen and Santos. Shot sharply first-time but Mannone parried and his defender cleared it.

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    Roger Bennett: Incredible run by RvP. Reacted before the first pass was already played.

  •  

    James Tyler: They were just two that came to mind.

  •  

    [Comment from drew]
    not all english players are as bad as the ones on liverpool james

  •  

    James Tyler: Approaching the 20-minute mark and Arsenal is having trouble stringing 2-3 passes together, very unlike the Gunners.

  •  

    James Tyler: Pretty sure Jozy Altidore is still atop the Eredivisie scoring leaders...

  •  

    James Tyler: I recall. But it's also the Dutch league. Must be taken into consideration.

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    Alves turned rubbish in England - he led the Dutch league in scoring one year.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lofted right-flank cross for United takes an eternity to drop, Mertesacker holds his ground and heads it clear.

  •  

    James Tyler: No -- you're thinking of English players, Morty. (Looks at Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing)

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    I'm convinced Brasilians get over-valued because they'ree Brasilian.

  •  

    James Tyler: His Capital One Cup heroics will have left him a bit tired.

  •  

    James Tyler: You answered your own question, Adam.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    I don't see why Ramsey was played instead of Walcott (unless he's really tired from the 120 minutes he played this week).

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm contemplating starting a "Rubbish Brazilian Football Players" tumblr. He'd be one of the first entries. Anyone remember Afonso Alves at Middlesbrough? Woof.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    For an attacking left back from Brazil, Santos really doesn't attack well.

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    James Tyler: Into the 16th minute. De Gea yet to be troubled. Or even tested. Lad's so shaky, even a speculative effort could give him the wobbles. Yet Arsenal hasn't been able to get close enough.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @itvfootball: Cracking photo of Van Persie mobbed by Rooney and co. after scoring - itv.com/sport/football… #rvp #mufc

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    James Tyler: Game has deflated a bit. A whoopee cushion that's spent.

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Jack Wilshere loses it to future England pal Tom Cleverley in midfield, promptly scything Cleverley down from the side/behind.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great Stat from ESPN's @adlarcada_ESPN

    In the past 3 PL seasons no one has scored more RIGHT footed non-penalty shot goals than RvP. Incredible for a left-footed player.

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    He's always been a bit weird Rog, hes typically very good but his positioning is iffy and hes too aggressive at times.

  •  

    James Tyler: Crazy but it might just work. Was never terrible last season, if I recall.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I would much rather see Vermaelen go back to left back and play Koscielny in the center. Neither have been great this season, but it would be better than Santos at left back.

  •  

    James Tyler: No-one?

  •  

    [Comment from Thiago]
    Who said RVP was past his prime?

  •  

    James Tyler: He's the captain yet is their third-best center back, I'd argue. Maybe they should shunt him to LB again.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: What has happened to Vermaelen this season? Bodysnatcher-esque.

  •  

    James Tyler: Giroud chases down a clever angled pass into the left corner but can't keep it in play. Shame.

  •  

    James Tyler: Santos (Huh) / What is he good for? / Absolutely nothing (say it again...)

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Andre Santos. He can't defend, he can't shoot.

  •  

    James Tyler: Decent build-up by Arsenal is ruined when Santos pounces greedily on a loose ball and shoots.... it ends up at the corner flag.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Only on the inside

  •  

    [Comment from Neil]
    Did RVP celebrate his goal?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Santos' first quality contribution

  •  

    James Tyler: Charlie, you're cheeky.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Call me cheeky, but I see Arshavin and Chamakh winning this for Arsenal. Just because....

  •  

    James Tyler: Rather fun to see Wilshere v. Cleverley today, Rog. One assumes both will be mainstays for England in the next decade. Don't think they'll have quite the Lampard vs. Gerrard dissonance, mind you.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Yes. and the surreal stylings of Gervino

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Is Oxlade-Chamberlain injured?

  •  

    James Tyler: Ninth minute and Arsenal has kept United from scoring a second. Santi Cazorla is hacked down inside the United half as the Gunners try to assert themselves.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wilshere. Trying to force it. Exactly what he does not need: more pressure and expectation on his shoulders right now in his second game back.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: RvP has scored on 62% of his shots on goal this season (8 of 13). Last season, he scored on 39% of his shots on goal.

  •  

    James Tyler: United - Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Nani, Scholes, Powell, Wootton
    Arsenal - Martinez, Koscielny, Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

  •  

    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    Bench lineups?

  •  

    James Tyler: Lovely play by Cleverley in midfield to tidy up a loose ball, play a couple of 1-2s and retain possession. #FutureOfEngland

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    Muted celebration by RVP was nice & respectful - hard not to like him.

  •  

    James Tyler: Ashley Young fouled inside the Arsenal half. Free kick taken quickly by Michael Carrick though hit to no-one in particular.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Robin van Persie has scored in three straight Man United-Arsenal games.

  •  

    James Tyler: The early goal has given United an added fillip in their steps.

  •  

    James Tyler: Was a nifty trick by Antonio to get down the right flank, indeed. But what was Tommy V doing?

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    Valencia's touch was sublime

  •  

    James Tyler: Yeah, stupid Andre. Rubbish.

  •  

    [Comment from deSelby]
    santos nowhere to be seen on that goal either. if only he could run 1/10th as fast as he can drive.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: Correct!

  •  

    James Tyler: Seriously, that was all it took for United to score? Tame cross limply sidefooted to the best striker in the Prem last season. Bang.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Paul Carr is here to tell us if United keep this goal scoring rate up the final score will be 42-0

  •  

    James Tyler: Your appendix is safe, Demetrius. For another day, at least.

  •  

    [Comment from Demetrius]
    And...Im going back to bed...Gnight Manchester...

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed, I did.

  •  

    [Comment from southern united]
    spoke too soon james

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Shame on you Vermaelen.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I am sorry Arsenal fans

  •  

    PCarrESPN: RVP has scored in three straight United-Arsenal games.

  •  

    James Tyler: Good timing, Statsie. A low right-flank cross is bumbled clear as far as RvP and he rifles it easily past Mannone. Vermaelen with the gift to his ex-teammate.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Oh Dear

  •  

    James Tyler: WELL THEN

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  •  

    James Tyler: WOW GOAL FOR UNITED

  •  

    James Tyler: No goals yet. Shocking, really.

  •  

    James Tyler: Morning, Statsie!

  •  

    James Tyler: Evra and Young combining down that side and divin' Ashley in plenty of space.

  •  

    PCarrESPN: I made it! Is it 8-2 yet?

  •  

    James Tyler: First attack for United but the left-flank cross by Young is deflected to Mannone. He doesn't gaffe.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Join @JamesTylerESPN @rogbennett for #FCBootroom chat, LIVE NOW for #Arsenal v. #MUFC tinyurl.com/cwek43o Send questions to Ian, Macca, too

  •  

    [Comment from Larry]
    Arsenal angst and cold beer early Saturday morning,definitely a love/hate relationship.Bring it on!!

  •  

    James Tyler: Home side settles into a passing rhythm.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Bold statement that few agree with: I LIKE this Arsenal away kit

  •  

    James Tyler: United fans full of song (and lager) early on.

  •  

    James Tyler: Arsenal in their purple/black Halloween shirts today.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: How often do you get to watch the Sorcerer meet the Apprentice, with Sir Ian Darke commentating?

  •  

    James Tyler: We are underway!

  •  

    [Comment from Sean]
    Rog I hate your prediction but I know it is true.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    PREDICTION: no matter who wins there will be more ref controversy.

  •  

    [Comment from Thiago]
    Alright Boys, get strap yourselves in. It's going to be a testy one.

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: So seems a 4-2-3-1 for both teams. Reckon United's a 4-4-1-1.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: My second bet will be that this game will end 13-9.

  •  

    [Comment from southern united]
    4-2 united

  •  

    [Comment from rocks and sticks]
    arsenal 2-1

  •  

    [Comment from Demetrius]
    United 3-3 Arsenal

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Prophecy: Arsenal to score at least one off a misplaced De Gea kick save. They will score first. United will score 3.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: This Tecate ad is one of the single worst I have ever seen

  •  

    James Tyler: Lineups one final time:
    MUFC: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie.

    AFC: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Ramsey, Giroud, Podolski.

  •  

    James Tyler: 2-1 United.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: PREDICTIONS???

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    (Andre Santos furtively tucks autograph book into back pocket as RvP approaches)

  •  

    [Comment from Barr]
    Arsenal players should throw pizza at RvP's face. Just to show him that what sir alex ferguson gets, he gets too.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: If I was an Arsenal fan, I would want to see one of my guys do him in the tunnel Roy Keane style. Santos looked like he did not even know who he was...

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    HUGGINGATE!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @ESPNFC: Join @JamesTylerESPN & @rogbennett NOW in the #FCBootroom for #AFC-#MUFC tinyurl.com/cwek43o Send q's for Ian, Macca

  •  

    James Tyler: That is DISGUSTING. GROSS. HOW CAN YOU HUG AT A TIME LIKE THIS

  •  

    James Tyler: Darke always raises the roof. Fact.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: HUGS????

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    That's the wristband from the nightclub Sir Ian was at last night.

  •  

    [Comment from rodney]
    did rio just break fourth plane?! don't look at the camera rio!

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    Roger Bennett: His new men's fashion line. Soon to be 40% off at a store nowhere near you

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    [Comment from Sean]
    Rog Ferdinand seems to be introspective is he pondering his new player association?

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    Roger Bennett: Is that a breast cancer wrist band Sir Ian is sporting?

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    James Tyler: Can't hurt to try, one supposes.

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    [Comment from Leo]
    I know what I've said in the past, but I think Arsenal should try to sign me once my contract is up. To make up for all the players Barcelona's taken

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    James Tyler: "Hey, I remember you from last season!"

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    Roger Bennett: Can't wait for the tunnel shots of RvP lining up besides the Arsenal players...

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    James Tyler: Pretty sure we still refer to Joe Cole as "England's Next Big Thing." Might be a while, Eladio.

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    Roger Bennett: That slo-mo face of Rio stretching. Was it really necessary?

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    [Comment from Eladio]
    At what point does he move past "Young Jack Wilshere" and on to "Regular Jack Wilshere"? Or is there a middle ground..."Young Adult JW"?

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    James Tyler: COMMENCE THE CONTROVERSY CHATTER.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Beautiful day. whole country wears the poppy -- a symbol from WW1.

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    James Tyler: Meanwhile, Arsenal has won just one of its last 15 Prem games with Dean in charge.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Is that like Veterans Day? Thanks Roger.

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    James Tyler: United has won 13 and drawn 4 of its last 20 games reffed by Mike Dean.

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    James Tyler: Here's another fun stat, regarding refs:

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    James Tyler: Edge to Tommy Vermaelen. Has a head shaped like an anvil.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Another battle for you JT: who wins the set pieces

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    James Tyler: Your first reminder of many: tweet questions for Sir Ian Darke and Dr. Steve McManaman, esq using the hashtag #FCBootroom. They'll endeavor to answer some at half-time, unless some massive controversy dominates the discussion, or a meteor hits, etc.

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    Roger Bennett: Remembrance Sunday in England.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Why are the commentators wearing red flowers?

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    James Tyler: Thus concludes the lesson.

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    James Tyler: Last Arsenal win at Old Trafford: 1-0 in 2006. Adebayor scored it.

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    James Tyler: United also won 11 of their past 13 games.

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    James Tyler: United did the double vs. Arsenal last season.
    Has won six of past seven
    10 of past 14

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    James Tyler: Right, some history:

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    Roger Bennett: I would love to see Giroud score. Just to see his emotion. Would be a real wonder. Poor gent needs a pick up.

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    James Tyler: Not that a used appendix is much good, mind.

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    James Tyler: Boot Room becomes black market for organ donations. Football does amazing things to people.

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    James Tyler: YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.

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    [Comment from Demetrius]
    Poldi or Giroud score and I will donate my appendix to anyone in need...that moment...

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    [Comment from Sean]
    Rog Sir Ian wasn't chosen because it would reveal his true identity as an MI6 agent.

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    Roger Bennett: Scratch that... early etc.

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    James Tyler: Hey, did you not see Marouane vs. mighty Reading?

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    Roger Bennett: No De Gea... what do we think of that? (kick save, kick save, kick save)

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Maybe Arshavin, no Chamakh,

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    James Tyler: Sure, there's a chance. Reckon Walcott would be first deployed in any event.

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    [Comment from Andrei Arshavin]
    Any chance Chamakh or I will see the pitch today?

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Old Trafford is 100% classier with Sir Ian standing outside of it.

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    Roger Bennett: Sir Ian, I meant

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    Roger Bennett: How was he not chosen as the last James Bond?

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    [Comment from Sean]
    Rog will we see Ashley Youngs gravity defying boot help grab a late penalty? Or will own goal make his dubious appearance?

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    James Tyler: The Wirral's Mike Dean. Not the worst whistleblower around.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Referee for the match?

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    Roger Bennett: IAN DARKE!

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    [Comment from jay]
    this game is going to finish 5-1

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    James Tyler: SUBS:
    United: Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Nani, Scholes, Powell, Wootton.
    Arsenal: Martinez, Koscielny, Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans. Look at this is you want to get your battle face on
    http://strettynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/RVP-and-SAF-300x293.jpeg

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    [Comment from Demetrius]
    Will the midfield trio make an impact in this fixture? I mean...they should all the more dominate possession and create a ridiculous amount of chances for Arsenals forwards...

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    James Tyler: United, United, United, United.

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    [Comment from Jun]
    Which team has a better chances of winning?

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    James Tyler: I think BIAS is going the way of IRONIC in terms of misused words. At least in Boot Room Land.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    It seems that BIAS is going to play a big part in this chat again.

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    Roger Bennett: By "neutrals" I actually meant haters Morty

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    [Comment from Morty]
    are there any "neutrals" when it comes to United?

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    James Tyler: Yes. He's made it through a couple of games now and is vital to Arsenal's midfield dynamism. More so than, say, Aaron Ramsey.

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    [Comment from Bilal (LFC)]
    If you were Wenger, would you risk starting Wilshere, given he's just returned?

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    James Tyler: Rio is like JT is for Chelsea, RK. He may be old and carrying a certain amount of baggage, but he can still get the job done most of the time.

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    Roger Bennett: Always important. In pomp or disgrace. You will make headlines...

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    [Comment from Wayne Rooney]
    Will I be important today?

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    [Comment from RKSmithy]
    James, is it time for Rio to go?? We seem to be awfully weak in the air for set pieces....Can Nemanja take care of the problem?????

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    [Comment from Eladio]
    JT: Agreed about Santos...Arsene wants speed instead of defensive ability on the left. I sense a 3-2 game. Just not sure which way it'll go...

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    Roger Bennett: the joy of this game for neutrals is... one side's fragile psyche will get crushed today..

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    James Tyler: I'm surprised it's not worse. Tell your friend to be safe.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    One of my Arsenal buddies made the brave trip to Manchester and is watching the game in a pub there. Apparently he's outnumbered 10 to 1.

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    Roger Bennett: Kevin. you should be. 40% of United's play channels down Santos' side. There will be more today...

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    James Tyler: The water bottles on the sidelines will also get a workout today if Wenger's in a kicky mood.

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    James Tyler: Sadly, LB is a weak spot beyond the hobbled Kieran Gibbs. Don't think Jenkinson has the dextrous feet to manage it.

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    Roger Bennett: SAF v Wenger JT. biggest one of all. The professor against the (Insert SAF equivalent here)

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    As a Gooner, I'm absolutely terrified of playing Santos at LB. He will get torched today. Can Arsene not find a better solution? What about Jenkinson there just until Gibbs returns?

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    James Tyler: Rog, I'm expecting this game to come down to individual battles: Santos vs. Valencia, Giroud vs. Ferdinand, RvP vs. Vermaelen and Arsenal vs. Referee.

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    James Tyler: Answer your question, Manny. What would you give to see RvP score the winner today?

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    [Comment from Manny]
    mornin' from dearborn, mi! what i'd give to see rvp score the winner today :D . UNITED!

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    James Tyler: I'll give them a 25% chance. Rubbish at OT since the turn of the century and not convinced in Giroud.

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    How much of a chance to the Gunners have in this?

  •  

    James Tyler: No BeIn Sport this morning. Small mercies.

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    James Tyler: Morning, Rog!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Not BeIn JT?

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    James Tyler: Espn2

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    Roger Bennett: Crash Helmets on Lads! This game was 8-2 last year. Arsenal steam in after the League Cups goal soaked 5-7 triumph. United were involved in the relatively defensive 5-4 at Stamford Bridge,

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    [Comment from connor]
    Is the game on Espn or ESPN2?

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    James Tyler: Nice to see SAF run out two proper wingers, too. Shows his confidence.

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    James Tyler: Seems to be a 4-4-2 with Rooney/RvP up top. Or could be a 4-4-1-1 with Wazza slightly tucked in behind the prodigious Dutchman. Cleverley and Carrick pulling midfield strings.

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    [Comment from Ethan]
    what kind of formation do you think united will go with today

  •  

    James Tyler: Let's try not to discuss Clattenburg today. We'll try, anyway.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Greetings from New Jersey USA. A ManU defeat on the heels of SAF's ridiculous comments about Clattenburg would sure cheer me up.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Giroud won't be a problem for the United defense. Podolski on the other hand...

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    James Tyler: I never look forward to Liverpool games. Too much anxiety.

  •  

    [Comment from Larry]
    Looking forward to it like you do with LFC,with some degree of trepidation

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COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester United

  • 14(6)

  • 22

  • 15

  • 48%

    52%

  • Arsenal

  • 7(2)

  • 10

  • 15

Manchester United

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 David De Gea

D

2 Rafael

D

3 Patrice Evra

D

5 Rio Ferdinand

D

23 Tom Cleverley
M
8 Anderson

M

6 Jonathan Evans

M

7 Antonio Valencia
M
17 Nani

M

10 Wayne Rooney

M

16 Michael Carrick

F

18 Ashley Young

F

20 Robin Van Persie
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 13 Anders Lindegaard
D 31 Scott Wootton
M 8 Anderson
M 17 Nani
M 22 Paul Scholes
M 25 Nick Powell
F 14 Javier Hernández

Match Stats

  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal
14(6) Shots (on goal) 7(2)
15 Fouls 15
6 Corner kicks 1
5 Offsides 1
48% Time of Possession 52%
5 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
1 Saves 4