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Arsenal took a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League by beating Manchester United.

The Gunners followed up their victory over Chelsea to climb above Tottenham into fourth place and ramp up the pressure on Spurs ahead of their game at Brentford later.

The result surely ends any hopes United had of finishing fourth. They are six points behind Arsenal having placed a game more.

Arsenal flew out of the blocks and were ahead after just three minutes when a shot from Saka was tipped away by David de Gea but only to Tavares to tap in his first Arsenal goal.

Bukayo Saka made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 31 minutes but United pulled a goal back immediately when Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a Nemanja Matic cross.

Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in the second half before Granit Xhaka hit a blistering shot past De Gea from 25 yards to seal victory for Arsenal at the end of a breathless game at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs Man United highlights

  • GOAL! Tavares gives Arsenal an early lead

  • GOAL! Saka doubles the lead from the spot

  • GOAL! Ronaldo pulls one back for United

  • GOAL! Xhaka makes it three

  • How to watch: BT Sport

Arsenal FC 3 - 1 Manchester United FC

15:01 , Giuseppe Muro

Rangnick on whether the top four gone now: “Pretty sure. For me even before the game it was not very likely but after today’s result it is gone yes.”

15:00 , Giuseppe Muro

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick: “I think we showed an improved performance but in the end a disappointing result. I think we bounced back well from the early goal and had numerous chances in both halves to score more goals.

“I thought the weak part of our performance today was we didn’t defend well inside and around our box. I felt there were three very unlucky VAR decisions. For me the Arsenal third was clearly offside. The second of Cristiano was not offside. We were not very happy with the VAR decisions today. An improved display but a disappointing result.”

14:52 , Giuseppe Muro

Arteta on Saka's fitness: "We had four or five with difficulties to make the team before. He was one, White was one, Granit had an eye issue, Eddie hasn't played many minutes. The boys are doing everything they can to be on the field and I feel lucky."

14:52 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaks to BT Sport: “A big performance in a game I think had everything. Moments where we showed really quality, a game where we had to suffer, a game where there were moments where we were a bit lost and lacking energy, a game where we were really efficient in the boxes, a game where we had luck when we needed it. Overall I am extremely happy.”

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This is what it means to Mikel Arteta...

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14:40 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka to BT Sport: “Very happy for the three points and secondly very happy to have helped the team with a goal. I haven’t scored in long time and it’s good to do it front of the fans. But the most important thing was the three points.

“We started well but it was a 50-50 game in the second half. United were pressing and did much better, but we got the three points. The missed penalty helped us.

“It’s not the first time we score and concede straight away, we did it twice against Chelsea. So we have to be more clever and have a strong mentality for the five minutes after we score.”

Arsenal player ratings

14:35 , Giuseppe Muro

Read Simon Collings’s Arsenal player ratings here.

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Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:26 , Giuseppe Muro

Not a great performance from Arsenal, but a big result. Rode their luck a few times and Bruno missing a penalty was a huge moment. Some good individual displays, though, notably Elneny, Saka and Xhaka. West Ham up next a week tomorrow.

Full-time: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United

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Arsenal take a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League! Over to you, Tottenham...

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88 mins: There are a lot of glum faces among the away fans. Some of the United fans have had enough and are already on the drive back north.

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83 mins: Time is running out for United. Arsenal are looking comfortable.

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76 mins: That is naughty from Fernandes. He catches Tavares on the shin with a late challenge. VAR takes the decision that a yellow is enough. But he is very lucky there.

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Here’s that Xhaka strike...

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:05 , Giuseppe Muro

Xhaka blew a kiss to the fans after scoring there, sums up this mad afternoon.

GOAL! Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United | Granit Xhaka 71’

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A huge goal in the battle for fourth! Xhaka lets fly from 25 yards and it flies into the corner! An brilliant strike.

Arsenal are taking a huge step towards Champions League qualification.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:58 , Giuseppe Muro

Arteta needs to get Nuno off here. His head has gone.

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63 mins: United hit the woodwork again! Ronaldo sets up Dalot and his effort hammers against the upright. Ramsdale may even have got a touch to send it there.

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60 mins: Disallowed goal. Ronaldo hooks a volley in but he is offside from Fernandes' flicked header. VAR has a close look. Is White's right boot playing him on? No, but that was close.

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59 mins: United keep on coming, though. Elanga’s low drive is tipped wide. The corner is headed away and Telles’ shot from range is blocked.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:48 , Giuseppe Muro

That penalty miss was cheered like a goal, but Arsenal need to wake up here. They’re letting United back into this.

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55 mins: Missed! Fernandes hits the post!

Fernandes, rather than Ronaldo, steps up, does a little shimmy then sends a penalty off the outside of the post.

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54 mins: Penalty to United! A corner goes into the box, Matic goes up with Tavares, who has his arms in an unnatural position and the ball hits his hand.

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52 mins: Saka tries his luck from 30 yards but it sails high and over the crossbar.

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49 mins: Arsenal look to make a fast a start to the second half as Tavares cuts inside from the left and fired over from inside the area. That was a good chance.

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46 mins: We’re back underway at Emirates Stadium. A big 45 minutes coming up..

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Arsenal have a record of W11, D1, L2 when leading at half-time in the Premier League this season.

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Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:21 , Giuseppe Muro

Feels like a game with more goals in it given some of the defending on show, from both sides. Arsenal looked sharp going forward, with Nketiah doing well, while Elanga and Sancho look like they can get joy for United.

Half-time: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United

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And breathe..

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45 mins: It’s all happening at Emirates Stadium. Telles has a powerful shot saved by Ramsdale. Then straight down the other end Odegaard gets a shot away that is well saved by De Gea.

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42 mins: This half has flown by. Both sides look vulnerable at the back, there are more goals in this.

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39 mins: Two more big chances for Arsenal! A corner is only half-cleared and drops to Saka, who twice has shots blocked.

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38 mins: Chance for Arsenal! Elneny latches on to a ball 20 yards from goal and hits a shot that looks like it is creeping in the far corner until De Gea sticks out a hand to palm the ball wide. Decent save, that.

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And the United response...

13:10 , Giuseppe Muro

Here’s the second Arsenal goal..

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:08 , Giuseppe Muro

Who else? Ronaldo silences the Emirates in an instant. Poor defending from Arsenal there. Arteta won’t be happy.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United | Cristiano Ronaldo 33’

13:05 , Giuseppe Muro

What a game this is! United are back in it. Matic curls a cross towards the back post and Ronaldo is given too much room and he doesn’t miss from six yards out. That’s his 100th Premier League goals.

Game on!

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:05 , Giuseppe Muro

Saka is now Arsenal’s penalty taker it seems, imagine saying that after last summer?

He’s mobbed by his team-mates are slotting that and Arteta high fives the bench. Arsenal are cruising.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United | Bukayo Saka 32’

13:02 , Giuseppe Muro

Odegaard flicks the ball back to Saka to poke on for Nketiah to finish and Arsenal think they have doubled their lead. But Nketiah is offside, though. So the goal will not count.

But Craig Pawson comes to the screen and decides Telles fouled Saka.

Saka steps up and scores!

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30 mins: Penalty to Arsenal!

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25 mins: What a chance for Arsenal! Nketiah should score but he shoots straight at De Gea.

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24 mins: United go close to an equaliser! Dalot unleashes a shot from range that beats Ramsdale but hammers against the crossbar. They are getting closer.

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21 mins: Another United penalty appeal, again no penalty. Sancho turns Cedric inside out on the left and as he falls the Arsenal defender stops the ball with is arm. United players want a penalty but referee Craig Pawson waves it away and VAR agrees after a look at it.

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20 mins: Half-chance for Ronaldo. Good build-up play from United, who work the ball into the area and Ronaldo shoots over the bar. Ronaldo has made a decent start here. He is at the heart of everything good United are doing.

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16 mins: Is this a penalty? Elanga gets in down the right and is in behind Tavares. Elanga gets a shot away which is saved and then goes down as the two players tangle. No penalty on the field and VAR decides no penalty.

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13 mins: United have responded well to going behind and have created a few openings. There are gaps in the Arsenal defence, which will be a concern for Arteta.

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Here’s that early Tavares goal...

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

12:44 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal have just dropped off a little bit since opening the scoring. Arteta has motioned a few times for them to calm down and settle.

12:43 , Giuseppe Muro

Before that Saka treatment, there was a lovely moment in the seventh minute when, like Liverpool fans before them, Arsenal fans applauded as a mark of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo's loss.

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9 mins: A bit of concern for Saka, who goes down injured. He clashed with Telles and does not look happy. Saka needs some treatment but it ok to continue. Relief for Arsenal.

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6 mins: Another decent chance for United. McTominay rises from a corner at the back post but does not make good contact.

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5 mins: Almost an instant United response. They counter, Elanga gets in behind Gabriel, gets one-on-one with Ramsdale who stands up tall and makes a good stop.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

12:37 , Giuseppe Muro

Sometimes 12.30pm kick-offs can be a bit quiet to start with, as fans find their voice. Not today, the Emirates is rocking after that goal.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Manchester United | Nuno Tavares 3’

12:33 , Giuseppe Muro

What a start for Arsenal!

Varane and then Telles miss a cross and the ball falls to Saka. His curling shot is saved by De Gea but he can only parry to Tavares to tap in his first Arsenal goal.

United’s bad week gets even worse. That was dreadful defending.


12:31 , Giuseppe Muro

We’re underway! Can Arsenal jump ahead of Tottenham in the race for fourth?

A huge game in the battle to qualify for the Champions League!

12:29 , Giuseppe Muro

Here come the two teams! There’a a brilliant atmosphere at Emirates Stadium, which is bathed in glorious sunshine.

12:23 , Giuseppe Muro

Kick-off is now under 10 minutes away...

12:20 , Giuseppe Muro

Manchester United won the reverse fixture 3-2 against Arsenal in December.

They are looking to complete their first Premier League double over Arsenal since 2017-18.

12:16 , Giuseppe Muro

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Ralf Rangnick has explained his decision to drop Harry Maguire.

Maguire was the subject of a bomb threat at his house on Thursday and Rangnick admits the defender has had a “tough week”.

“It is not the only reason but he has had a tough week,” said Rangnick.

"I had to make a decision between the three of them [Lindelof, Varane, Maguire]. Two could only play. Harry has had a tough week. I decided to give him a rest and play with Rapha Varane and Victor Lindelof."

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A good omen for Arsenal?

12:03 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last three Premier League home games against Manchester United (W2 D1), keeping a clean sheet each time.

11:58 , Giuseppe Muro

In a fascinating debate on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand has just outlined his six-point plan to get Manchester United back to where they want to be...

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Eddie Nketiah will be looking to build on his two goals against Chelsea and Mikel Arteta has told the striker to follow Emile Smith Rowe’s example in taking his chance.

“If you have that character and that quality, to show it immediately or very quickly, things can turn very quickly,” said Arteta. “Look what happened with Eddie in the last two weeks.

“In football anything can happen. Emile had three months out with his shoulder and a lot of things happened, he was getting back and he was looking really good, and we decided to give him the opportunity.

“But then he had to step in and he had to perform. He has done it really consistently and especially this season as well with the amount of goals he is scoring.

“Eddie has this capacity. What he needs is opportunity, time and support, especially when he has difficult moments. If you are ready and prepared to do it, I am sure he will be successful.”

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Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

11:46 , Giuseppe Muro

Cedric coming in means that should be a back-four for Arsenal.

Arteta must have been tempted to stick with the back-three after its success at Chelsea, but I guess he wants to match United’s 4-3-3.

Good to see Nketiah keep his place, he deserves it after that fine performance at Chelsea.

11:44 , Giuseppe Muro

Mikel Arteta has made one change from the team that beat Chelsea.

Cedric comes into the team in place of Rob Holding.

Eddie Nketiah keeps his place in the team after his two goals in the 4-2 win at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been named on the bench.

11:43 , Giuseppe Muro

So Manchester United have been boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo at Emirates Stadium.

Ronaldo missed their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his new-born son.

The Portugal international returns as one of five changes from the team that lost at Anfield.

Scott McTominay returns to the side following a foot problem and Raphael Varane comes into the defence as Harry Maguire drops to the bench after he received a bomb threat at his home on Thursday.

Jadon Sancho starts as Marcus Rashford drops out.

Team news: Ronaldo starts as Rangnick makes five changes

11:32 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Cedric Soares, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Nketiah.

Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Holding, Tomiyasu, Pepe, Lokonga, Martinelli, Azeez, Swanson.

Man United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, Matic, McTominay, Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga, Ronaldo.

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Jones, Maguire, Mata, Rashford, Lingard, Wan-Bissaka, Garnacho.

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Manchester United have confirmed they will be wearing their third kit today

11:14 , Giuseppe Muro

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been pictured arriving at Emirates Stadium. Will he be in the Arsenal starting line? Team news is coming up in just over 15 minutes...

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Odegaard: Arsenal won’t underestimate wounded United

11:11 , Giuseppe Muro

Martin Odegaard insists Arsenal will not underestimate Manchester United, despite their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Tuesday.

Odegaard said: “I think that is football, sometimes you have games where you are not at your best and then the next game you can win. “We lost to Southampton and then we beat Chelsea in the next one. That’s football.

“We know it will be a tough game [against Manchester United], we know the quality that they have.

“They have a lot of good players, a lot of individual quality, so it will be a tough game for us.

“All the games coming up are big games for us. The most important thing for us is to beat United on Saturday and then we’ll take the next one after that.”

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11:04 , Giuseppe Muro

The stage is set...

Rangnick: Man United need 'open-heart surgery’ to recover

10:56 , Giuseppe Muro

Ralf Rangnick has likened what Manchester United require to open-heart surgery.

United this week confirmed the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their next manager and Rangnick is clear what must occur for them to be genuine title contenders again.

“You don’t even need glasses to see and analyse where the problems are,” he said ahead of this game.

“Now it’s about how do we solve them? It’s not enough to do some minor amendments – cosmetic things. In medicine you would say that this is an operation of the open heart.

“If this happens and everyone has realised that this has to happen and if people want to work together then it makes sense and I believe it doesn’t take two or three years to change those things. This can happen within one year.

“This is something that not just one single person as a manager can do. With all respect to Jürgen [Klopp] and Pep [Guardiola] I’m sure that they didn’t do all the things themselves [at Liverpool and Manchester City]. There were also other people involved in those two clubs, people in certain positions, no matter what area it was, in order to rebuild and build something we want to build here.

“In all areas you have to have top people and they have to work together in a very close, reliable way.”

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Head to head history and results

10:47 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal wins: 85

Draws: 50

Manchester United wins: 100

Standard Sport prediction

10:35 , Giuseppe Muro

United are in dire straits and Arsenal were so impressive at Chelsea, it’s difficult to look past them.

Arsenal to win 2-0.

Early team news: Ronaldo set to return

10:27 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal could welcome back Takehiro Tomiyasu after three months out injured.

The right-back was due to train on Friday and, provided he came through that unscathed, Mikel Arteta said he would be available.

Eddie Nketiah is pushing to lead the line again after his two goals agianst Chelsea.

Ronaldo is available to return for United. The Portugal international missed the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his new-born son.

Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay have also returned to training this week but Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw remain injured.

Pauk Pogba looks to have played his last game for United after scans this week revealed the midfielder is unlikely to play again this season because of the calf injury he suffered at Anfield.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Man United

10:20 , Giuseppe Muro

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage getting underway at 11.30am.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the BT Sport App.

Good morning!

10:15 , Giuseppe Muro

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Arsenal vs Manchester United in the Premier League!

It’s a huge game in the race to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 12:30pm BST at Emirates Stadium. Stay tuned!

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