Arsean l 2 -1 Man Utd – Match Report
Saturday saw Arsenal put in a great performance and produce a result in a game that had most pundits going for a big Manchester United win.
We could not have had a worse start as a sloppy back pass from Silvestre put Almunia in trouble and he decided to pick the ball up. Having overcome that scare, it took us a little while to come to terms with the United forwards, their passing and running had the defenders scampering around for most of the game, but matters settled down in the second half.
After a few jittery moments, Arsenal started to play good football and Bendtner came close with two headers, which he should have converted. Apart from these two misses, Bendtner played well against Vidic and Ferdinand, the ever-willing Dane dragged both players all over the pitch.
Rooney missed two glorious chances to give United the lead, on a day that nothing was going right for the England forward.
Arsenal took the lead, a corner from Fabregas was cleared as far as Nasri on the edge of the box, with hesitation , the diminutive midfielder, shot straight at the goal, the shot took a slight deflection and Arsenal were leading 1-0.
Walcott had a chance to extend our lead, but too often Theo sees the bright lights and headlines and ended up blasting the ball over.
Arsenal extended their lead soon after half time; this is the third league match at the Emirates that we have scored soon after half time. Arsenal kept possession for over a minute, in a move that involved every player touching the ball, as Fabregas approached the area, Walcott ran to the right, drawing all the United defenders to him, this left Nasir who blasted the ball past van der Sar.
Straight from the restart, Ronaldo missed a sitter to bring United back into the game. Arsenal had plenty of opportunities to put the game beyond the visitors, but through poor finishing and poor selection of the final ball, United were still in the game and we almost paid to penalty.
United pulled a goal back through substitute Rafael in the 90th minute and all minds turned back to that fateful night against Tottenham. When we saw 6 minutes, our hearts missed a couple of beats, but Arsenal held on for all three points.