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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick fight for the ball

Arsenal missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they played out a grim goalless stalemate with Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were attempting to recover from the 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, while United were desperate to bounce back from the 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Fulham.

And it showed in a game that was desperately disappointing in between a flurry of chances in the opening and closing minutes, ending in a result that did not serve the purposes of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or United counterpart David Moyes, other than in avoiding defeat.

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie came closest for the visitors but his early effort was saved by Wojciech Szczesny, who also turned the Dutchman's late header onto the bar.

Manchester United manager David Moyes

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Olivier Giroud missed Arsenal's best opportunity although Santi Cazorla brought two fine late saves out of United keeper David De Gea and Laurent Koscielny's header was cleared off the line by Antonio Valencia.

For too long, however, this was a poor game between two sides who seemed intent on avoiding defeat as their first priority - and a shadow of previous games between these two clubs in recent years.

Moyes is still waiting for his first win at Arsenal in his managerial career, while the home side could not land a morale-boosting blow in their pursuit of the title as they remained a point adrift of leaders Chelsea.

United, meanwhile, are still seventh, now 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

The excitement of the opening moments and an exchange of chances proved to be a false dawn ahead of a turgid first half.

Van Persie should have punished his former club when he robbed Mikel Arteta 25 yards out to advance on Szczesny but his shot lacked power and the keeper was able to save low down.

Giroud then wasted an equally good opportunity when he muscled his way ahead of Nemanja Vidic only to head Cazorla's corner wide.

De Gea then needed to make a diving stop as Tomas Rosicky's shot deflected off Vidic - but otherwise this was stale fare from two teams who have produced so much better.

Moyes made an enforced change at the start of the second half as he sent on Rio Ferdinand for Rafael, who had taken a blow to the head in an aerial challenge with Giroud.

It was Arsenal who came closest again just after the hour when Koscielny rose to meet another Cazorla corner only to see his header swept off the line by Valencia.

As the game entered its final 20 minutes both Wenger and Moyes attempted to give their sides fresh impetus as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Rosicky and Adnan Januzaj replaced the subdued Juan Mata.

There had been little sign of any partnership between Rooney and Van Persie but the pair linked superbly as United almost went ahead with 11 minutes left. Rooney's cross found Van Persie at the far post but Szczesny reacted superbly to push his header on to the bar.

Arsenal responded as the game finally showed signs of life, De Gea doing well to save from Cazorla on two separate occasions in the closing minutes, but there was no breakthrough.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"Overall, we could have won it - it was a game of few chances. Our defensive focus was extreme as we conceded so many goals on Saturday.

"In the end, either side could have won 1-0. Manchester United are a good team, so when you go forward they can catch you.

"It is important to recover physically and prepare for the next game as we want to stay in the FA Cup. The title race is absolutely open for many teams."

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Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3SagnaBooked at 87mins
  • 28Gibbs
  • 10Wilshere
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 7RosickySubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 74'minutes
  • 8Arteta
  • 12Giroud
  • 11Özil
  • 19Cazorla

Substitutes

  • 9Podolski
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Monreal
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 23Bendtner
  • 25Jenkinson

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 2RafaelSubstituted forFerdinandat 45'minutes
  • 3Evra
  • 23Cleverley
  • 12Smalling
  • 15Vidic
  • 25A ValenciaBooked at 73minsSubstituted forYoungat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Carrick
  • 20van Persie
  • 10Rooney
  • 8MataSubstituted forJanuzajat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ferdinand
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Young
  • 28Büttner
  • 31Fellaini
  • 44Januzaj
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
60,021

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester United 0.

Booking

Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

Booking

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Luis Antonio Valencia.

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Juan Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Tomas Rosicky.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Booking

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Manchester United. Chris Smalling tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2617632757
2Arsenal2617542256
3Man City2517354154
4Liverpool2616553453
5Tottenham261556450
6Everton2512941145
7Man Utd2612681042
8Southampton261097839
9Newcastle2611411-637
10Swansea267712-328
11West Ham267712-528
12Aston Villa267712-928
13Hull267613-627
14Stoke266911-1427
15Crystal Palace258215-1626
16Norwich266713-2025
17West Brom2641210-824
18Sunderland256613-1324
19Cardiff265714-2522
20Fulham266218-3220
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