Sunday, November 9, 2008

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90 mins
30 seconds to go...
· 90 mins
Bendtner almost wraps it up for Arsenal after a wonderful cross-field ball from Nasri. The Dane, clearly tired, could only scoop the effort well over.
· 90 mins
The Gunners are just trying to keep the ball but a frantic United are making that almost impossible.
· 90 mins
Home fans are already furiously whistling. This is going to be close.
· 90 mins
Arsenal are clinging on here. Those memories of Spurs are all too fresh to think this is done and dusted.
· 90 mins
six minutes stoppage time.
· Goal (Rafael Da Silva, 89)
89 mins
GOAL!! Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd: They needed something brilliant to get back into this and they found it. Substitute Rafael controls the ball on the edge of the area before slashing a left-foot volley into past Fabianski.
· 89 mins
United squander another corner. Really solid stuff at the back from Arsenal.
· 88 mins
Arsenal are seeing quite a lot of the ball here. United will have to score soon to have any chance.
· 85 mins
Wenger makes his final change now as he looks to shut up shop. Abou Diaby is replaced by Kolo Toure.
· 85 mins
Diaby clears well.
· 84 mins
The free kick crashes into the wall and out for a corner...
· 84 mins
United win a free kick in a dangerous position. Ronaldo territory without a doubt...
· 81 mins
United are pouring forward in numbers now, leaving gaps in their defence as a result. Bendtner almost capitalises but his shot from 12 yards is too weak to trouble Van der Sar.
· 78 mins
And another Gunners change as Almunia, who never really shook off that clash with Carrick, is forced to make way. Lukasz Fabiankski will fill in between the sticks.
· 77 mins
And here is Alex Song for the Gunners. The versatile Cameroonian replaces the lively Walcott.
· 76 mins
United make their final change now. A like for like swap with Tevez taking Rooney's place alongside Berbatov upfront.
· 74 mins
Nasri has a decent appeal for a penalty turned down after he is hauled back by Vidic inside the area. Play on says Webb.
· 72 mins
Ferguson's throws on an old Arsenal adversary in the shape of Ryan Giggs. The Welshman replaces the largely ineffective Anderson.
· 71 mins
The Gunners enjoying a spell of pressure themselves now.
· 69 mins
The break has taken the wind out of the United sails slightly and Arsenal looks more at ease now. Alex Song's introduction could be imminent.
· 66 mins
A welcome break in proceedings for Arsenal as Almunia stays down after recieving Carrick's shin in his head. The ex-Spurs midfielders is booked for the clash.
· 65 mins
Arsenal are under the cosh here and haven't left their half for a few minutes now. They really need to ride this spell out and perhaps create a counter of their own.
· 63 mins
Neville has lasted just over the hour and is replaced by young Brazilian right back Rafael da Silva.
· 62 mins
United continue to press and Rooney sees an eight-yard header well smothered by Almunia.
· 60 mins
Again Ronaldo squanders a decent opportunity. The fleet-footed winger wriggled to the byline but fires straight at Almunia.
· 58 mins
Gary Neville tries his luck from the edge of the area but his volley flies high and wide.
· 55 mins
Alex Ferguson cuts a frustrated figure out in the rain. The Scotsman will have to draw upon all his experience to turn this one around.
· 52 mins
Arsenal get four against three on United but Diaby's low cross is well cut out by Anderson.
· 51 mins
Clichy is booked for diving in on Ronaldo.
· 49 mins
Ronaldo almost replies immediately for United but his effort rolls inches wide of Almunia's right-hand post.
· Goal (Samir Nasri, 48)
48 mins
GOAL!!! Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd: What a start to the half for Arsenal! Samir Nasri blasts his second of the game to put more breathing space between them and United. After about 20 Arsenal passes, Fabregas slides Nasri through on the edge of the area and the Frenchman arrows a fierce effort in the top corner.
· 47 mins
This is good possession stuff from the home side. United certainly can't score without the ball.
· 47 mins
Cleared by Ferdinand but Arsenal still have it.
· 46 mins
The cross is headed behind by a United player. Another corner coming up...
· 46 mins
The Gunners win a corner here...
· 46 mins
Arsenal kick us off in this second half.
· Half-Time
· 45 mins
Walcott is caught in position on the edge of the area but Almunia smothers Anderson's left-foot strike.
· 44 mins
Evra was booked in th first half.
· 43 mins
Ronaldo almost dances through the entire Arsenal defence but Gallas mops up before the winger can shoot at goal.
· 41 mins
Some more fantastic work from Nasri creates another Arsenal opening but Walcott blasts his volley high and wide.
· 40 mins
Sagna goes into the book for tugging back Park with the Korean almost clean through. Tactical foul.
· 38 mins
Eventually claimed by the keeper.
· 38 mins
Arsenal corner...
· 37 mins
Diaby bursts through the backline but appears to be hauled down by Michael Carrick. What looked a clear foul is waved away by referee Howard Webb.
· 35 mins
The Portuguese's free-kick is easily claimed by Almunia at the front post.
· 34 mins
A soft Fabregas challenge on Ronaldo is penalised and United have a free kick in a dangerous position...
· 33 mins
Park brings the best out of Almunia with a low shot from distance after a penetrating run.
· 31 mins
The first half an hour of this fixture has justified it's position as one of the most highly-anticipated matches in the Premier League calendar. Surely this pace can't last though.
· 29 mins
But straight up the other end and Fabregas goes close. The Spaniard's low, 20-yard effort is deflected inches wide of the right-hand post.
· 28 mins
Clichy is inches away from an own goal there as he almost glances Ronaldo's whipped free kick past Almunia. let off for the Gunners.
· 27 mins
Patrice Evra's searing pace is just too much for William Gallas who is cautioned for tripping his country on the right hand side.
· 25 mins
The pace shows no signs of abating but you would hope that with their one goal advantage Arsenal can begin to dictate this.
· Goal (Samir Nasri, 22)
22 mins
GOAL!!! Arsenal 1-0 Man Utd: Fabregas's free kick is headed straight to Samir Nasri lurking on the edge of the area. On the turn, the Frenchman lashes a low shot past Van der Sar via a deflection.
· 22 mins
Sagna recieves it but he is fouled. Arsenal free kick again by the corner flag...
· 21 mins
Arsenal win a throw deep in the United half...
· 18 mins
Somehow, somehow Rooney fails to hand united the lead from 12 yards. A wonderful four-man United move comes to Ronaldo who pulls back to the striker on the penalty spot but he blazes well over.
· 16 mins
You can't take your eyes off this game it is open, high-tempo and fluid so far.
· 15 mins
The cross is parried as far as Diaby but he is crowded out.
· 14 mins
Wayne Rooney clatters into Theo Walcott and Arsenal have a free kick right by the corner flag...
· 13 mins
And Bendtner has his second chance in as many minutes. Samir Nasri turns Gary Neville inside and out before crossing to the Dane. However, the striker completely misjudged his jump and makes little or no contact on the ball.
· 12 mins
This is real end-to-end stuff now. A United corner falls to Rooney on the edge of the area but the Liverpudlian snatches at the shot and it balloons high and wide.
· 11 mins
First real sight of goal for Arsenal. A magnificent Gael Clichy cross finds Bendtner seven yards from goal but the Dane can only steer his header over.
· 10 mins
The fierce effort flashes two yards wide.
· 10 mins
Ronaldo has a chance from a free kick 25 yards from goal and central...
· 8 mins
United have the ball in the net through Dimitar Berbatov but the goal is ruled out for offside. Rooney's shot from the edge of the area is only parried to Berbatov and the Bulgarian made no mistake. Replays show he is a yard offside.
· 7 mins
Arsenal have misplaced a few passes already and Rooney threatens to latch onto another one. This time Clichy nips in to prod it back to Almunia.
· 4 mins
So with that initial wobble out of their system, Arsenal can concentrate on taking the English and European champions apart.
· 3 mins
Massive let-off. Anderson lets fly but his shot is blocked to the edge of the area. Michael Carrick arrives but strikes his effort wide.
· 2 mins
A gaggle of United players surround the ball...
· 1 mins
This will be a real test for Arsenal. Almunia picks up a Clichy back pass and United have an indirect free kick inside the Arsenal area.
· Kick-Off
· 0 mins
MAN UTD TEAM NEWS: No real suprises in Ferguson's line-up as the Scotsman brings back most of the players he rested against Celtic in midweek. Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are paired upfront while Ji-Sung Park is preferred to Nani or Ryan Giggs on the left. Fit-again Gary Neville captains United from right back.
· 0 mins
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS: It looks as though Nicklas Bendtner will start upfront on his own with Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri supporting him from either flank. Carlos Vela starts among the substitutes while Mikael Silvestre, who broke his nose against Fenerbahce, is fit enough to partner William Gallas in the centre of defence.
· 0 mins
Good afternoon and the warmest of welcomes to today's minute-by-minute coverage of Arsenal's crunch meeting with Manchester United.
· 0 mins
Today's Match Day Show will start at 12:10, bringing you highlights from Wednesday's game against Fenerbahce, inside betting tips from Paddy Power and the key moments from Arsene Wenger's pre-match press conference. Stay tuned for the post-match show straight after the final whistle, with Dan Roebuck and former Arsenal defender Kenny Sansom.

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