Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0 – Robin van Persie claims vital win for Red Devils
Manchester United are back in the title race after beating Arsenal 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, with Robin van Persie heading home a corner in the 27th minute.
November 10th, 2013
The Dutchman scored the opening goal in this fixture last season and was on target against his former club to reduce the gap between Arsenal and United to five points after eleven games played.
While the Red Devils have endured a slow start to the campaign, they now sit fifth in the table and this performance illustrated there is plenty of belief within the ranks when it comes to retaining their title.
Wayne Rooney was superb from start to finish and it was his corner which found the head of RVP as the latter steered the ball into the top corner of the net, although Arsenal’s zonal marking from the set piece was suspect.
Perhaps the absence of Per Mertesacker in the centre of the Gunners’ defence was a telling one, although Arsenal struggled to create clear scoring chances throughout the contest, with a well-drilled United team making sure they were largely kept at bay.
While the visitors had plenty of possession, they were unable to convert this into scoring chances or goals, with Bacary Sagna’s cross in injury-time presenting substitute Nicklas Bendtner with an opportunity to score, although the Dane failed to make contact with the ball.
David Moyes was delighted with the win and praised his team’s determination to get the job done.
“We have not had many good ones, but this was a big result for us today – Arsenal have been in terrific form this season and we had to play well to get the result,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“I thought we started the game well, we were very good in the opening 20-30 minutes in the game.
“I thought our whole determination, the effort, commitment, good play, helped us in the second-half when we were under more pressure.
“It’s another step in the right direction for us.
“We have got a lot of big steps to take here and it is going to take a while for me to get it all the way I’d like it to be.
“I am not singing and dancing because we won the game, but I am thrilled because the boys put in a great performance.”