Arsenal led after only 2 minutes through Theo Walcott. Podolski turned and then found Rosicky who played the ball in behind to Walcott who raced clear before finding the back of the net. The players looked really up for the game, tackles were flying in from every direction and they were looking ruthless on the attack. If only that could've continued. Arsenal's defensive displays had looked much better in recent weeks and if it wasn't for Sagna's mistakes, we would have surely gone onto win the game. The Frenchman mistimed a pass straight to Van Persie and then he brought him down resulting in a penalty. RVP was the man to take the penalty and he slammed the ball home against his former employers. The second half was very different from the first though as the teams looked more equal. However no goal could be found again and it ended Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United.
|Theo Walcott scored early on to give the Gunners the lead|
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey(79), Rosicky(61), Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski(72).
Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Wilshere(61), Oxlade-Chamberlain(79), Gervinho(72).
Man United: De Gea, Rafael(74), Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Jones, Carrick, Valencia, Nani(82), Rooney(88), Van Persie.
Subs: Lingegaard, Buttner, Anderson(74), Giggs(82), Cleverley, Kagawa, Hernandez(88).
My man of the match: Laurent Koscielny
Referee: Phil Dowd