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90' + 4'
W. Rooney
Yellow Card
90' + 2'
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
89'
O. Giroud
Goal
89'
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Assist
86'
A. Ramsey
Yellow Card
85'
M. Schneiderlin
Mata
83'
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
C. Jenkinson
81'
G. Xhaka
F. Coquelin
73'
O. Giroud
Mohamed Elneny
69'
Mata
Yellow Card
68'
Ander Herrera
Assist
68'
Mata
Goal
64'
D. Blind
M. Darmian
63'
W. Rooney
A. Martial
24'
M. Darmian
Yellow Card
16'
A. Sánchez
Yellow Card
3
3
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
5
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 444 552

Commentary

Full-time at Old Trafford. The honours are even between Manchester United and Arsenal this afternoon as we end at 1-1 in this Premier League clash. Juan Mata gave the hosts the lead in the second half with a smart finish and it looked like they would go on to claim all three points, but Olivier Giroud had other ideas and came off the bench to save the Gunners with a bullet header. Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
W. Rooney
Yellow Card
Manchester United FC
90' + 4' Rooney sees yellow this time as he protests to the referee about a failed appeal for foul after Monreal clips Herrera.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
Arsenal FC
90' + 2' Xhaka concedes the foul down the right and goes into the book in the process.
90' + 1' FOUR minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee here so we still have a bit of time left for a potential winning goal. Should Arsenal get it, well, it would be one of the steals of the season as that goal from Giroud was their first attempt on goal in the second period.
O. Giroud
Goal
Arsenal FC
89' GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL! GOOOAAAALLLLL FOR ARSENAL! A dramatic equaliser! Two of Wenger's substitutes combine as Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the better of Rashford easily down the right wing before clipping a teasing cross to the back post. It proves to be a perfect delivery for Giroud, who saves the Gunners with a bullet header! One-one.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Assist
Arsenal FC
89' Magical stuff from the Ox as he puts the ball on a plate for Giroud at the back post!
87' As expected, Arsenal are seeing the majority of the ball in these latter stages with United sitting back to defend deep. However, much of the passing and crossing from the visitors has been lacking in any conviction, with the likes or Rojo and Jones easily clearing out of the box. Still time, though!
A. Ramsey
Yellow Card
Arsenal FC
86' Ramsey lets his frustrations get to him and ends up going into the book.
M. Schneiderlin
Mata
Manchester United FC
85' Mourinho, in turn, makes his last change too as the current match winner, Mata, makes way for Morgan Schneiderlin.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
C. Jenkinson
Arsenal FC
83' Last throw of the dice from Wenger now as he makes his third and final change, and it is a positive one. Oxlade-Chamberlain is the man tasked with saving the Gunners and he will replace Jenkinson at right-back, but don't expect him to be doing too much defending! Arsenal need a goal.
83' Nearly everyone has been disappointing so far for Arsenal this afternoon but it has certainly been a worrying performance from Ramsey who has looked desperately abject for the majority. Granted the Welshman was playing out on the left for most of the game, but even when moving back into central midfield he has looked slight on the ball.
G. Xhaka
F. Coquelin
Arsenal FC
81' Second change of the match from Arsenal and it sees Granit Xhaka enter the action to replace Coquelin in the middle of midfield. We have seen this season that the Switzerland international certainly has a cannon of a strike on him what with that magical goal against Hull, and his side could be doing with similar inspiration here!
79' Wenger will be very frustrated at this as even though Arsenal are the team pressing for the equaliser, it is actually United who look the more likely side to grab the second goal of proceedings. They very nearly get it as Rojo rises high at the back post to bullet a header on goal, but it lacks direction and eventually goes wide as the Gunners breathe a sigh of relief.
77' Rooney turns back the years with a cracking burst of pace down the right wing to get the better of Monreal before passing inside to Pogba. The Frenchman cleverly scoops the ball over the oncoming challenge from Ramsey, but is indeed caught by the Arsenal midfielder, gifting the home side the free-kick in a decent position.
75' Arsenal shoot themselves in the foot again as Koscielny gifts United possession with a weak header at the back. Pogba collects the loose ball with the visitors certainly on the ropes, but the former Juventus man fails to take advantage as his attempted pass to Rooney is disappointingly straight to the feet of the grateful Mustafi.
O. Giroud
Mohamed Elneny
Arsenal FC
73' Indeed, Arsenal make their opening substitution and no surprises to see Olivier Giroud enter the action to provide a presence up top for the visitors, as Elneny trudges off to the sidelines.
71' Under twenty minutes to go now and Wenger really needs to think about changing things out there as this makeshift United back four has been criminally under-tested by the Gunners forward line. It makes you wonder just how much Alexis Sanchez has indeed recovered from that injury to his hamstring?
Mata
Yellow Card
Manchester United FC
69' And the pedantic nature of football refereeing rears its ugly head again as Mata is booked for celebrating with the fans.
Ander Herrera
Assist
Manchester United FC
68' Lovely work from Herrera, who picks out the assist for his compatriot.
Mata
Goal
Manchester United FC
68' GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL! GOOOOAAAALL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! The hosts take the lead! Pogba collects the ball down the right wing and slips a neat pass into space for Herrera, who runs in behind before reversing a perfect pass back towards the middle of the box. Mata is on hand with the first-time finish to send Old Trafford into raptures! One-nil.
66' Arsenal really haven't showed a lot going forward in this second period which is surprising considering the firepower they have on the pitch. We can probably expect Xhaka and Giroud to make an appearance from the bench soon as something needs to be done to shake things up for the Gunners.
D. Blind
M. Darmian
Manchester United FC
64' Another quick alteration from Mourinho and it is a smart one as Darmian, who has been running the risk of a second yellow for a while now, leaves the pitch to be replaced at left-back by Daley Blind.
W. Rooney
A. Martial
Manchester United FC
63' First change of the match comes from United and Jose Mourinho. Leaving the action is the fairly disappointing Martial and his replacement will be club captain, Wayne Rooney, who has been prominent in the tabloid papers this week for enjoying himself at a wedding. The nerve!
60' Valencia is seeing plenty of the ball whilst hugging that right touchline and this time opts to pass inside to Herrera rather than going wide. The Spaniard hits a deep, speculative cross to the back post but it evades everyone inside the box, with Martial needing to bust a gut to just keep it in the park on the opposite wing.
58' We are just approaching the hour mark of this Premier League clash and we remain at a 0-0 stalemate. The game has threatened to burst into life a few times but the attacking play has never really caught fire, from either side, so it looks like this may be settled by either a moment of real quality or a mistake. Hopefully the former.
56' Martial sends a weak pass out to the right wing but Monreal misjudges it which allows Valencia to gallop into space before clipping a teasing cross into the centre of the box. It is food and drink for Cech, though, who easily comes off his line to claim possession out of the air.
54' Walcott and Sanchez exchange a brilliant one-two on the edge of the box and the former receives the ball back into space on the right wing. However, with plenty of targets inside the box waiting for the cross, he fails to beat the first man, having to settle for the corner-kick. A bit better from the Gunners.
52' Rashford is getting a lot of joy on the left wing this time and he and Martial seem content to just swap positions whenever necessary. On this occasion the United youngster gets the better of Jenkinson on the byline which forces the Arsenal right-back to concede the foul a yard into the pitch. The resulting set-piece from the hosts is very disappointing, though.
50' United have started the second period with gusto which will certainly please Mourinho, who will no doubt have fire in his belly after that failed penalty appeal in the opening 45 minutes. Arsenal just haven't looked themselves so far, Sanchez and Ozil in particular.
48' Martial gets a fairly rare opportunity to open up his stride and utilise his considerable pace with a bursting run into the half, leaving a couple of challenges in his wake. He eventually goes for the shot on goal as the defenders begin to pile up, but it is a simple task for Cech to make the save on the weak attempt.
46' We are back under way in this Premier League clash! Who can break the deadlock first?
Half-time at Old Trafford. It has been a slow burner between Manchester United and Arsenal so far as we go into the break at 0-0, with the main talking point of the afternoon so far being the referee not giving the hosts a penalty after a clumsy foul from Monreal on Valencia. Some goals in the second half, please!
45' One minute of added time has been allocated by the referee which sounds about right as the play has been fairly streamlined without too many stoppages. Both sides will be fairly content to enter the break with the deadlock still in place at 0-0.
43' Early kick-offs after an international break tend to be fairly cagey and this has followed that trend so far, but there are a few signs that we may just see some more quality in the final third in the second period. The likes of Mata and Pogba for United are starting to become a lot more prominent in an attacking sense.
41' The last minute or so has been like the Martial versus Cech show! Moments after the Arsenal stopper thwarted the hosts with a smart save, he does so again as Martial picks up possession 30 yards out before cracking a low strike at goal which is blocked between the sticks. Good period of pressure for Mourinho's men.
40' ANOTHER STOP FROM CECH! Martial collects the ball in his favoured position, taking on the right-back from that position in the left-channel. The Frenchman gains a yard on Jenkinson before just attempting to guide a precision strike into the top right corner, but the towering Arsenal keeper stretches out a big hand to turn over the crossbar.
38' The game has took a little while to get going with both goalkeepers not really being tested to a high degree between the sticks up until that stop from Cech. We don't really want to hear the half-time whistle here as there is some cracking end-to-end stuff going on now!
36' SAVE FROM CECH! This game has just exploded into life! Martial and Mata link up nicely with a couple of neat passes and the latter decides to try his luck with a strike on goal which is lashed low towards the bottom right corner. The Arsenal goalkeeper is equal to it, though, and just manages to get down to turn the attempt round the post.
34' PENALTY SHOUT FOR UNITED! Valencia gets into an advanced position and eventually receives the ball to feet before cleverly jinking past Monreal, but not before the Spaniard clumsily brings him to the floor! There didn't appear to be TOO much contact though and the referee shares this view as he waves play on. Mourinho is RAGING in the dugout!
32' Darmian is walking a disciplinary tightrope at the moment as whilst on a yellow card, he continues to go into tackles fairly rashly. He is extremely lucky not to see another booking as he takes out Walcott with a high challenge on the right touchline, with the referee opting for a final warning rather than a sending off.
30' A very, very dodgy moment for United as Carrick sends a short back-pass back to De Gea which Sanchez very nearly manages to intercept. Luckily for the home side, the former Atletico Madrid stopper is proactive in his run out from between the sticks and gets there before the striker to clear up the park.
28' Pogba comes a little deeper this time and actually pops up on the left channel to pick up possession to feet. He goes for a signature dinked ball in behind the opposition defence, with Mata the target on this occasion, but Koscielny intervenes before having to concede the corner-kick under the pressure of the Spaniard.
26' A decent minute or so of pressure from the Gunners as Sanchez continually comes very deep to receive the ball in midfield areas. The extra body means that Arsenal can keep the ball more effectively, but the result of this is that there isn't really anyone inside the box to ruffle the feathers of Jones and Rojo.
M. Darmian
Yellow Card
Manchester United FC
24' First Manchester United booking of the match now and it is brandished to Darmian for a slightly cynical clip on Walcott down the right flank. Unclear if there was substantial contact for the Englishman to go down, but a foul and a yellow is the result either way.
22' Sanchez and Ozil link up effectively on the edge of the opposition box and the latter eventually drifts down the right to find some space near the byline. The cross is sent in to the back post and Valencia clears with a header, but all the pressure is took off United as Coquelin floats a speculative volley high and wide over the bar. Disappointing end to a promising move.
20' Pogba is getting plenty of joy for United on the right channel and seems to have attached himself to Monreal, who he has the physical advantage over. On this occasion, he drifts past the Spanish left-back before smashing another wicked cross into the danger area, but there are no takers inside the box for the hosts.
18' Coquelin is poor in possession and gives it away poorly in a dangerous position to the feet of Rashford. The young Englishman eventually makes his way down the right wing and flashes a fantastic cross into the centre of the box, but just as Pogba prepares to fire on goal he is flagged as offside.
A. Sánchez
Yellow Card
Arsenal FC
16' First yellow card of the match now and it is a deserved one for Sanchez, who needlessly comes right through the back of Herrera right in front of the referee. The Chilean will need to watch his step for quite a long period this afternoon now.
14' Ozil needs to get on the ball a bit more for the Gunners here as he is struggling to find space in those dangerous areas between the opposition defence and midfield. That kind of space has been marshalled fairly well by Herrera and Carrick so far.
12' We get our first glimpse of Pogba as an attacking threat as the Frenchman receives the ball to feet down the right wing before opening up his considerable stride with a bursting run into the channel. He subsequently lashes a teasing cross along the six-yard box, but Arsenal manage to scramble it clear.
10' The Gunners are just enjoying a small period of sustained possession at the moment and it is helping them find their feet. United, with the pace of Martial and Rashford in attack, are clearly set up for the counterattack this afternoon.
8' The former Barcelona forward picks up the ball around 30 yards out this time and manages to check inside past the challenge of Herrera. However, as Ramsey makes the run in behind the defence, Jones sticks out a leg to make the important interception on the pass.
6' Arsenal haven't really managed to get going as an attacking entity as of yet in the final third. Should be interesting to see whether Sanchez has indeed shook off the small injury he picked up during the week. Rojo and Jones certainly can be got at, and the Chilean will be looking to take advantage.
4' The Spanish midfielder is tasked with the free-kick and he attempts to catch out Cech with a curled attempt round the wall, but it goes a yard wide of the left-hand post.
3' A cracking start to proceedings here as United look to take the game to Arsenal from the get-go with the lunchtime home crowd right behind them. As the hosts press forward for the opener, Elneny is penalised for a cheap foul on Herrera around 25 yards out, and Mata and Pogba both fancy a crack at goal.
1' We are under way at Old Trafford! Here we go...
Some interesting team selection from both managers today. Mourinho has been forced to make a change up top due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's suspension, and Marcus Rashford is the man chosen to lead the line in the striking role, with Anthony Martial out on the left. For Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez has been passed fit to start despite picking up a slight knock on international duty with Chile.
The rivalry between Mourinho and Wenger has reached boiling point on occasion, with a pushing and shoving altercation actually causing drama back when the latter was Chelsea boss the second time around. The veteran French manager does not have a good record against his opposite number today, having not claimed the win in fifteen attempts in competitive matches.
Things haven't exactly gone to plan for the Portuguese boss in his short tenure as manager of the Red Devils so far as they are currently down in sixth, six points away from the coveted last Champions League place. Arsenal meanwhile, you guessed it, are in fourth place, a position they have made their own over the years.
Arsenal subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Xhaka.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey; Alexis Sanchez.
Man Utd subs: Depay, Rooney, Lingard, Blind, Young, Romero, Schneiderlin.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.
TEAM NEWS...
This fixture is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the football calendar with both sides usually involved in top-of-the-table encounters with championship ramifications. Today's match has that extra bit of spice though as the managers involved, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, haven't exactly seen eye-to-eye over the years.
Good afternoon football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the English Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal from Old Trafford.
United aren't on a great run and actually haven't won at Old Trafford in the league in nearly eight weeks. However, they can gain confidence from the fact that Arsenal haven't won at the Theatre of Dreams in nine attempts, with their last league victory away from home as long back as 2006.
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