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Louis van Gaal has his first away win as Manchester United manager and the club's first on the road since April. The Red Devils jump above their opponents in the Premier League thanks to an own goal by Kieran Gibbs and Wayne Rooney's exquisite finish. Substitute Olivier Giroud pulled one back in stoppage time, but the visitors held on to collect all three points. Arsenal have now made their worst start to a season since 1982.
STUNNING FINISH! Substitute Olivier Giroud peels away at the back post and rifles his left-foot shot into the top corner giving David de Gea no chance. There is still time at the Emirates!
GREAT CHANCE! Wayne Rooney plays in Angel di Maria, who makes his run from inside his own half, but although his little chip beats Emiliano Martinez the ball is always heading wide of the far post.
The home supporters suddenly believe they can get somehting from this although a large majority have already left for the first tube home!
Amazingly we're into EIGHT added minutes of stoppage time at the Emirates. Maybe there is hope for Arsenal if they can grab a goal here!
David de Gea has been magnificent in goal for Manchester United while the players in front have produced a real smash and grab performance at the Emirates.
Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history - 11.
>SUKER PUNCH! Marouane Fellaini feeds Angel di Maria who picks out Wayne Rooney and the striker keeps his cool to dink the ball over Emiliano Martinez and into the far corner. That's just his fourth Premier League goal of the season!
Tyler Blackett clears away and then heads away as Arsenal camp outside the United box. They're had 21 attempts at goal but the visitors are ahead on the night.
Arsenal are knocking on the Manchester United door and the home supporters are sensing their side can grab themselves an equaliser here.
Marouane Fellaini clears away and then Kieran Gibbs looks to make up for his own goal by charging into the box until he is brushed off the ball.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner is headed over by that man Giroud - just on! What an entrance that would have been.
It's the return of Olivier Giroud. The France international replaces Aaron Ramsey for the final quarter of this match. Arsenal need a goal!
Substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez very nearly gets into a mix up at the back with Nacho Monreal but they manage to get away with it.
Arsenal have now trailed in five of their six home Premier League games this season - they are unbeaten in the previous five!
From a United corner Marouane Fellaini gets above Alexis Sanchez but heads the ball wide of the mark.
DE GEA AGAIN! Santi Cazorla thumps his first-time shot towards goal from the edge of the box but that man David de Gea is right behind it.
Suddenly it's the visitors who are looking calm and composed on the ball and the greater threat in attack. What a turnaround!
The pacey Ashley Young is pushed to the floor by Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard takes one for the team as United looked to counter.
GOOD HANDLING! David de Gea is down early to make a fine save to deny Alexis Sanchez from heading home the equaliser.
From looking in command of this game Arsenal are suddenly struggling against United who seem to be brimming with confidence.
UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! Wojciech Szczesny bumps into Kieran Gibbs from Ashley Young's inswinger and the ball falls kindly for Antonio Valencia who rifles his shot from the edge of the area back across goal. It looked to be heading well wide of the target until Gibbs sticks out his left leg and diverts the ball into the far corner.
Jack Wilshere is back, but it doesn't look like it will be for long. He is hobbling about in the middle of the park.
PAINFUL! Wilshere was caught by Paddy McNair. The midfielder is lying on the ground receiving medical treatment. He's in excruciating pain!
Marouane Fellaini hands the ball back to Arsenal but Jack Wilshere gets tagged on the ankle as he looked to get his pass away.
FINE SAVE AGAIN! David de Gea stands up to beat away Danny Welbeck's shot at the near post after the in-form England international turned away from Paddy McNair.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain works himself a yard before pulling the trigger but the ball takes a deflection.
@Compt041 Tweets: 'Two very poor teams that have a lot of work to do before they can talk about top four.'
The second half is underway at the Emirates and the hosts are immediately in possession and on the attack.
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Arsenal now still 11/10 with our friends @SkyBet to win this clash with Manchester United. The Red Devils are priced at 3/1 now and draw is a 13/8 shot. Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck hold favouritism in the first goalscorer market at 5/1 apiece. I went for a 2-2 draw today. You could have got odds of 12/1 on that scoreline before the game and you can now get odds of 33/1. Head to our SKYBET page to place your bets.
Arsenal have had plenty of possession and plenty of chances, but goalkeeper David de Gea has been in supreme form between the sticks for Manchester United. Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere have all had opportunities. The latter might have seen red following an incident with Marouane Fellaini.
Calum Chambers has nobody to pick out in the box and sends his cross straight out of play. Alexis Sanchez sticks his arms out in disgust.
FINE IMPROVISATION! Danny Welbeck attempts a cheeky backheel with nobody to pass the ball to in a crowded area but it flies wide of the far post. Nice attempt though!
Michael Carrick mops up at the back as Arsenal looked to counter-attack with pace. The home side win a corner with half-time approaching fast.
OH DEAR! Michael Carrick's near-post header flicks off an Arsenal head and out for a corner. The ball drops kindly for Chris Smalling but the defender takes a massive swing at the ball and misses it.
BIG CHALLENGE! Calum Chambers makes a wonderful tackle to deny Wayne Rooney from handing United a shock lead after superb work by Angel di Maria.
Aaron Ramsey decides against playing in Kieran Gibbs, who was in acres of space down the right, and curls his shot high over the crossbar. He immediately apologises to his team-mate.
David de Gea is forced into making yet another save. This time from Alexis Sanchez's low skimming drive.
Did Mike Dean shirk that decision? Louis van Gaal will be delighted that his side are still hanging on in this game. They've been pulverised!
FLASH POINT! Jack Wilshere and Marouane Fellaini come face-to-face. The Arsenal man puts his head towards the United midfielder and gets away with it. Referee Mike Dean was looking straight at the incident too! That should have been a red card according to Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville.
Arsenal are swarming all over United at the moment. They're just lacking a goal. The visitors backline is struggling to cope against the Gunners' front three.
Arsenal have won only one of their last 14 matches against United in all competitions dating back to November 2008. They've lost 10 of those 14, drawing three.
Paddy McNair gives the ball away this time and Alexis Sanchez's attempted effort deflects away for another corner which comes to nothing.
Tyler Blackett stands up to the flying Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it's an Arsenal corner - their second of the game.
Both defences look very shaky at the moment although if it wasn't for David de Gea, you fear United would be at least a few goals down by now.
EXCELLENT COMPOSURE! David de Gea rushes out of his goal and spreads his giant frame to deny Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from tucking the ball into an empty net.
Rooney is unable to keep his right-footer from range down and that gets a roar of approval from home supporters.
United keep a bit of possession now after being under pressure for so long. Angel di Maria is felled by Aaron Ramsey. Wayne Rooney is eyeing this one up from about 30 yards.
Luke Shaw is unable to continue after turning his ankle early in this game and is replaced by Ashley Young. Another injury blow for Louis van Gaal.
PENALTY CLAIM! Aaron Ramsey feels he is bundled off the ball by Luke Shaw in the box but referee Mike Dean shrugs his shoulders and waves play on.
WHAT A CHANCE! Alexis Sanchez forces David de Gea to kick straight to Jack Wilshere who plays a one-two with Danny Welbeck before seeing his low shot saved by the Spain shot-stopper from close-range. He really should have scored from just a few yards out!
SAVE! Jack Wilshere is allowed too much space to run at the United defence and although his low shot is on target David de Gea gets right behind it.
Alexis Sanchez turns away from Marouane Fellaini and looks to find Aaron Ramsey's galloping run, but the ball was just over hit.
The assistant linesman hands Manchester United a throw deep in Arsenal territory. Luke Shaw is unable to chase down Tyler Blackett's long ball down the line.
JUST OVER! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's right-footed cross is headed over the crossbar by Danny Welbeck. Arsenal are on top in the early minutes at the Emirates.
OUCH! Luke Shaw is lying flat with his face on the ground after turning his ankle in a collision with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That looked a nasty one!
CHANCE! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feeds Danny Welbeck in the area but the former Manchester United man fails to make a firm contact with the ball and instead stubs his shot against Paddy McNair.
LUCKY BOY! Antonio Valencia just about makes his backpass to David de Gea after being pressed by the lively Alexis Sanchez.
Chris Smalling is immediately pressed by Alexis Sanchez as the Gunners look to press their opponents high up the park.
United are playing with three in defence after warming up with a back four. Louis van Gaal has an injury list as long as your arm so will have to make do with what he's got and it ain't a lot it has to be said.
Arsenal are in their traditional home kit while the visitors are in their changed strip of all-blue. The pitch is looking resplendent while the Emirates Stadium is rocking ahead of this big clash.
@B6_Casual Tweets: 'This game could really be the kick-start of either clubs season! It'll be a tight one but I can't look past arsenal. 2-1 I reckon.'
@Che_Brent Tweets: 'Arsenal will be too strong for the weakest defence I've seen in United colours. Arsenal 2-1 Sanchez, Ramsey and Rooney!'
Tamim Hossain emails in with his prediction ahead of kick-off: 'I think Arsenal will win 2-1, Sanchez and Welbeck and Rooney.'
Manchester United look to be setting up with a risky three at the back in a 3-5-2 formation. Arsenal are expected to line-up in a 4-3-1-2 system.
William Roberts gives us his prediction: 'Thinking 3-2 to arsenal- Sanchez for a hat-trick and Van persie with a brace. COME ON ARSENAL!!!!'
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@Ianm333 Tweets: 'I don't think it will be an easy win but United to win 2-1, Sanchez, Rvp and Rooney to score! Come on United!'
@mosopkeat Tweets: 'I sense Welbeck is out for blood.' Welbeck joined Arsenal from United for £16million on transfer deadline day in September, and will be looking to prove a point against his former side for the first time at the Emirates Stadium this evening. He is 11/2 to score first with Sky Bet!
TEAM NEWS: England forward Danny Welbeck shrugs off a hamstring problem to lead the Arsenal attack against former club Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. France international Olivier Giroud makes a welcome return from three months out with a broken leg to be named among the substitutes, while captain Mikel Arteta comes into midfield after his minor hamstring injury.
TEAM NEWS: United deploy former Gunners skipper Robin van Persie in attack with Wayne Rooney - but because of injuries manager Louis van Gaal selects inexperienced defenders Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett alongside Chris Smalling.
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Sanchez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Smalling, McNair, Blackett, Shaw, Carrick, Valencia, Fellaini, Rooney, Di Maria, van Persie.
Arsenal have not won a Premier League match against United when Dean has been in the middle. Additionally, United have not fared so well under Dean in recent matches, failing to win any of their last five.
Arsenal are 11/10 with our friends @SkyBet to win this evening's clash while Manchester United are priced at 12/5 and draw is a 13/5 shot. Juan Mata might fancy his chances of scoring, having netted four times in his five starts against Arsenal in all competitions. He is 10/1 to score first and 25/1 to bag a brace against the north Londoners. Wayne Rooney also tends to enjoy playing the Gunners, having scored the joint most goals against them of any player in the Premier League history, while confidence should be high having netted three times in England's wins over Slovenia and Scotland. He is 6/1 to score and United to win the game. Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck hold favouritism in the first goalscorer market at 9/2 apiece. Sanchez's goals have been vital for the Gunners since his arrival, with 12 in 14 appearances, while Welbeck is sure to be keen to prove a point against his former employers. Despite being sat sixth and seventh in the Premier League, both are still odds-on for a top-four finish, although neither are considered serious title contenders at 33/1 and 40/1 apiece. I'm going for a 2-2 draw today. You can get odds of 12/1 on that scoreline. Well worth a flutter in my book! Head to our SKYBET page now to place your bets.
Chris Sergio thinks Arsenal could give United a real hiding: 'Good evening Raz. I can't see past Arsenal humiliating United tonight. 4 or 5 nil a real possibility. I've been following Alexis for years, and I reckon he could be a hat-trick hero in this one.'
@JLOwen87 Tweets: 'United are over due a massive performance! Rooney on form and Di Maria will be massive today. Fingers crossed the defence holds up.'
Josh from Manchester emails in with his prediction ahead of the game: 'I'm a United fan, must win game but it won't be easy! If one team wins it I think it's a real claim to a top 4 spot. 4-3 United. RvP double, Rooney, di maria, with a Sanchez hat-trick.'
A win for United means they will overtake Arsenal while victory for the Gunners could mean they break into the top four again! Think we could be in for another blood and thunder clash between these sides.
Arsenal play host to Manchester United in the Saturday Night Football - Live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4.45pm (GMT) - with both teams looking to kick-start their seasons in one of the biggest games of the season so far. The north Londoners and the Red Devils enter this mouthwatering encounter languishing down in sixth and seventh respectively in the table after the opening 11 games of the campaign. The Gunners will be desperate to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Swansea before the international break, while United will attempt to string back-to-back wins together for just the second time this season, having edged Crystal Palace 1-0 before the International break.
@nick_ward91 gives us his thoughts: 'I'd go 4-3-3/4-4-2 diamond today with Fletcher, Herrera and Fellaini all starting.'
Kyle from Winfield in Chesterfield says: 'As an Arsenal fan I don't know what to expect. I can't see Monreal keeping di Maria and Rooney quiet but also they have to deal with our attacking force! Tight game.. Going for a 2-1 arsenal!! Alexis, van persie & Welbeck!!'
Harry from Leicester is first to email in today and he says: 'I think it's guaranteed goals today! Would love to see Mata instead of Januzaj for this one just to have a bit more presence in the middle and I know he's a big game player but LVG needs to take a risk and put Wilson in for RVP! I think it would cause so many problems for a slow and off form mertesacker! Di Maria will find that early season form and I'm going 3 2 United! Exciting game coming up.'
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