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By Jonathan Birchall & Jamie Dunn

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19:02 GMT


Phew! So Sunday was really rather super after all wasn't it? An incredible afternoon at the Etihad set the tone for a day that saw goals, penalties and, most controversially, no sendings off. You suspect we haven't heard the last of Mario Balotelli's stamp on Scott Parker, nor Arsene Wenger's decision to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Andrey Arshavin shortly before Manchester United's winner at the Emirates Stadium. The fall-out is set to be fascinating but it's bye for now from me. Thanks very much for joining us -  it's been a blast. Cheers.

18:52 GMT


Wayne Veysey at the Emirates: "Wenger admitted his decision to take replace Oxlade-Chamberlain with Arshavin was a mistake but said he should not have to justify every decision he makes: "He (Oxlade-Chamberlain) had started to fatigue and stretch his calf. He was sick during the week. I'm 30 years in this job. I've made 50,000 substitutions. I don't have to explain every single decision.""

18:48 GMT


Some reaction from Arsene Wenger direct from the Emirates is forthcoming. Should be very interesting indeed...

18:37 GMT


More from Sir Alex, this time on Danny Welbeck to Sky Sports: "He’s fantastic. His work rate, his movement, all the time he’s on the shoulder of the defender and ready to run through and really he could have scored five today.

"I think he was through on goal four times so he’s been unlucky today, but he’s got an important goal, he’s continued his run of goalscoring in the first team this season – I think that’s up to nine goals now – for a 20-year-old, he’s doing really well."

18:37 GMT


Sir Alex Ferguson: "We’ve had an amazing number of chances. The Emirates is always a difficult place to come to – Arsenal are a top side, and to create that number of chances and only score two was a bit disappointing.

"We said that before the game – matching Man City was the important thing. But I think we’ve done it the right way – today we’ve played really adventurously, we were positive and we had good belief in ourselves. I’m delighted with that.

"At this time of the season they’re all important games, and I said before the Arsenal game that we’ve got four massive away games. That’s one out of the way."

18:33 GMT


Just an update on Phil Jones, who was stretchered off in the first half - United's medical team are hopeful that he has slightly twisted his ankle, rather than having suffered ligament damage as had been first feared.

18:30 GMT


Manchester United's Patrice Evra to Sky Sports: "We knew before the game that City won against Tottenham but we had to be focussed on ourselves. We are United. It was a great win today.

"[Our plan] was to put pressure on the left-back and right-back and that’s what we did. We had a good shape in the first half and played very well, but the second half was not the best.

"We just wanted to keep a good shape and hit them on the counter. We have done this many times against Arsenal. We don’t look at the other team, only ourselves.

"We want everything [to be] perfect and there was 15 minutes in the second half where Arsenal played very well but we kept it strong. The most important thing today was to win.

"We are still behind City so we have to keep going and keep winning games. I am really confident [that we will win the League] as everyone is working hard and when we play with the Man United spirit it’s difficult to beat us."

18:25 GMT


Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen are tormenting noted Arsenal fan Piers Morgan on Twitter. Just celebrate the win eh boys?

18:20 GMT


Very, very glad to see Wayne opt for Antonio Valencia as his Man of the Match. He was certainly mine this afternoon. The Ecuadorian personifies consistency for United - a superb Ferguson signing that is often overlooked when it comes to the league's best players.

18:17 GMT


And Wayne Veysey's ratings and comments from the Emirates can be found here.

18:14 GMT


We'll be bringing you the reaction from the managers as soon as we have it but in the meantime, Oliver Platt's superb report of the match is right here.

18:12 GMT


And here's Wayne Veysey's summary from the Emirates Stadium: "An excellent victory for United, who were not quite at their best, but a real sense of anger and frustration at Emirates Stadium.

"Wenger was jeered at the final whistle, ordered to spend some money and questioned like he has rarely been for his decision to substitute the excellent Oxlade-Chamberlain for the hapless Arshavin.

"Van Persie's reaction, so perfectly captured on camera, could prove a pivotal moment in Arsenal's season."

18:07 GMT


Patrice Evra admits to feeling a little dizzy after receiving a knock on the head in his post-match interview... you imagine Arsenal would've encouraged similar for Arshavin after his introduction.

18:04 GMT


But what a boost for Manchester United who, facing a huge hit to their title hopes, were able to grab the goal that keeps them in touching distance of Roberto Mancini's table toppers. There's life in this two-horse race yet.

18:00 GMT


A few boos ring around the Emirates but it's Van Persie's stoney silence that sums it all up in north London. The Premier League champions were deserving winners but after seeing his team drag themselves back into the game, what on Earth was Wenger doing bringing off Oxlade-Chamberlain, his side's most dynamic player all day for the footballing equivalent of a plastic bag in the wind, Andrey Arshavin? Oh to be a fly on the wall in Arsenal's dressing room now.

17:58 GMT


FULL TIME Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

17:56 GMT


Squeaky bum time for Sir Alex Ferguson but his side are going to ride this storm now, surely?

17:55 GMT


Oh here we go! The Gunners are pumping the ball into the area now and looking to feed off scraps but even the 9ft frame of Mertesacker can't reach the ball and United defend for their lives.

17:53 GMT


Wondering why I've not been mentioning Arsenal's brave fightback? Because it hasn't happened. Like an Andy Roddick vs Ivo Karlovic match - there's just no rally.

17:51 GMT


Liverpool defender Martin Kelly via Twitter: "Why did chamberlain get brought off?!?! :s" A confused smiley to encapsulate the faces of Arsenal fans worldwide.