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Arsenal 1 United 0

United crashed to defeat at the Emirates Stadium to throw the title race wide open.

Sir Alex slightly shuffled his pack after the fine 2-0 win in Gelsenkirchen had given United an advantage in the Champions League semi-final with the changes coming in the midfield department with Anderson and Nani replacing Giggs and Valencia.

An added bonus for this fixture being that the Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, missed out after picking up an injury in training.

Team - Van der Sar, Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic Evra, Park, Anderson, Carrick, Nnai, Herhandez, Rooney

Subs - Kuszczak, Owen, Berbatov, Smalling, Rafael, O`Shea, Valencia

Arsenal got the action underway in what was to be a half of very few chances. As expected the home side tried to take the early initiative and Wilshere could have done better rather than drill his shot, from the edge of the area, wide after a poor Vidic clearance.

Nani, using his pace well, cut inside but only succeeded in sending a shot high and wide before Van Persie directed a header wide after one of Arsenal`s famous intricate build-ups.

The home side were looking threatening with Wilshere pulling the strings and a Clichy ball in just evaded the advancing Walcott. The home side won two corners but the United defence coped well before, with twenty minutes played, United had their first decent half chance.

Fabio went on a run down the flank, cut inside but his lay-back was put behind for a corner. From the resulting corner, after the ball had initially been cleared, Park saw a shot blocked.

Just past the half hour mark Arsenal were unlucky not to be given a penalty when Vidic got away with a handball, blatantly flicking the ball away with his arm with Van Persie lurking behind.

The home side were still forcing the pace and Ramsey saw a shot go wide. As half time approached United had two shots, the first saw a shot from Rooney deflected wide whilst Anderson shot straight at the keeper.

Half Time - Arsenal 0 United 0

Arsenal introduced Arshavin for Nasri at the start of the half. United forced the first chance when Park was fouled outside the area. Rooney took the kick, the keeper parried clear and Evra was unlucky to hit the side-netting from an acute angle.

Sagna flashed a shot just wide of the post from twenty yards out, although Van der Sar looked to have it covered. Before a Ramsey surging run was thwarted in the box by the United defence. Carrick was fouled in a central position, some twenty-five yards out but the free kick, taken by Nani, flashed wide.

Sir Alex made a change, introducing Valencia for Anderson but seconds alter United were to go behind when a move from Arsenal saw Van Persie find Ramsey who drilled a low shot into the far corner.

Arsenal 1 United 0 (Ramsey - 56 minutes)

United tried to get back on level terms but Valencia`s cross drifted behind before the second of two corners forced, saw Vidic flick his header wide. Park delivered a long ball to Evra and the Frenchman, after tumbling, claimed a penalty that wasn`t given.

Park won a free kick in a dangerous place, before it could be taken Berbatov came on for Hernandez, Nani saw his free kick cleared but the resulting shot from Rooney was handled on the edge of the area. Sadly, the second free kick saw Nani find the welcoming arms of the keeper.

Arsenal pushed forward trying to exploit United`s search for an equaliser and Van Persie it the side-netting after a Walcott ball in. Fabio was penalised for a block on Arshavin but Van Persie deposited the free kick into the arms of Van der Sar.

Sir Alex threw Owen on hoping to force a goal and the striker should have had a penalty when he was caught on the calf by Clichy but the referee, again, waved play on.

With four minutes of stoppage time announced United had one half chance when Rooney was fouled by Ramsey but Nani hit the wall from twenty-five yards out.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 1 2011

Time: 5:05PM

Your Comments

United .... we are coming to get you !!! BE AFRAID!
Vidic should be banned for the rest of the games by FA for that deliberate stupid handball.
Hahahahahahaha................ manure fans keep your fingers crossed till next week, cos the doom isn't over. Wow this feels so damm good.
Its still in our hands,if anyone had given us this situation we would take it with both hands,so no need to panic,lets look at Schalke as we can't underestimate them and if we make it to the final,then we would be in the perfect frame of mind to shoot down Chelsea!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
At Old Trafford,I don't give a damn whether its Barca or Chelsea I expect us to win and the players will be up for it big time.I hope the trophy is polished well as its coming back to The Theatre of Dreams!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
And Yes BM we are seriously afraid,in fact we are quaking in our boots!!!!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
Anyway today Arsenal deserved to win so congratulations to them on their victory.I just feel we looked tired today and I hope we make changes for wed. as we have to keep are players fresh for sunday.
Antriksh (abmtd)
and now it really is a race for the title!
Well lets hope Schalke give you a good run around and get you all tired up for sunday's match! lol Anyway, it's still in your hands guys. We will try as hard as we can and make it difficult for you guys right till the end though! Perfect finale. Even if we DO manage to beat you guys, that last fixture against Blackpool could prove the clincher.. You could easily put 5-6 past Blackpool with their diabolical defending and walk away with the title. Lets see!
I do agree with JT but I would prefer not to be in that position!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
It will be great if we snatch the league from Utd. Love it when the Rednose cries.
Keyser Soze
Wow, so many par 2 Chelsea fans celebrating as if they have just won the league. We're still on pole position remember and even if we draw with you all we must do is draw and win 2 of our remaining games to ensure we win the league whilst you will have to win both. Fair play, I expect ya to be happy with it being blown wide open but by no means have you won it yet.
Arsenal deserved this one and this time the stats fully reflect it as well. Whilst we would normally set out to soak up the pressure then hit and kill of Arsenal on a counter for some reason I knew it wouldn't work today, then again I never fancy us against Arsenal. The tactic works fine but in the event the 5hit does hit the fan then soaking up and countering no longer becomes an option, Arsenal will still attack granted but they will be more comfortable and dominate possession a lot more knowing they no longer need to chase the game and therefore won't be as exposed. A draw at Chelsea is now a minimum result. Forget the Champions League and Schalke, we must now ensure that the players are fit for Chelsea, though I suspect Fergie now has his eyes set on the CL more so than the PL.
MOTM is Fabio, it's great to see him put his injury record behind him and really showcase his current outstanding ability and his potential ability. Too many neutrals ruled him out and said Rafael was better. Too many were completely ignorant of his injuries and competition of the LB position in comparison to Rafael and his competition, or lack of it, for RB and injury free record and, neglectful of reason, came to that presumption. Foolish. When I watch Rafael, Fabio, Nani, Hernandez, etc, etc play, I can't help but feel excitement over our future.
Cannot stop the tears of laughter
Tiny T
Lovely hand ball by Vidic today - funny, but I thought deliberate hand ball in the box was a red card and penalty? Not it would seem when it's a united player doing it. I really do think you have got away with murder this season - Vidic today, two clear penalties against Everton not given, the list goes on and on. So many dodgy decisions in your favour has handed you an advantage that your play has not deserved. Come on Chelsea.
Come on then all you sophists - try and justify this:
Typical, it would have been nice for a helping hand from you lot, and HOPE YOU WOULD BEAT ARSENAL but then i again should have known better than that i hope Schalke to come and SCORE 3 at the swamp, and Chelsea to give you lot the run around as Manure do not play well when they have played in the CL in midweekas today has proved ..... come on SCHALKE AND CHELSEA....
This is what the premier league is about, and one more mouthwatering contest on the weekkend. Old trafford is one of the hardest places to come away with a win from but Chelsea are able of pulling it off..;
your leaving it late man u , hope you can hang in there till the end

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