29 August 2009

Manchester United vs Arsenal Special Review



Picture Match Highlights
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Arshavin scored an awesome long range shot at the end of 40 minutes. Vidic was unable to stop him.

Rooney was unbeatable in his runs and finally stopped by the Arsenal goalkeeper which cost them a penalty kick!

He doesnt miss many! Scored an excellent and flawless penalty kick.

Giggs was certainly my man of the match because of his excellent role as an effective striker which revived my memories of his old-skool performances.

Foster at his best.

The ineffective and lazy Man united striker daydreaming on the field and looking fr inspiration.

There was a great laughter during the stoppage time after 90 minutes of play when Gunner's manager Arsene Wenger was Yellow carded and not just asked to leave the benches and also the dug out. This was a result of showing his frustration on the referee and kicking the water bottle lying on the ground on seeing the referee's offside flag when Arsenal nearly equalised. This shot was taken when Arsene Wenger was protesting and suddenly the Ref pointed towards the dug out! All the Man United fans around him started screaming and shouting in laughter at this rare football scene!


Manchester United end the winning streak of Gunners with the help of Abou Diaby's disastrous own goal which put United on the 3rd Position a few places above Arsenal and Liverpool. Chelsea and Spurs remain unbeaten so far in the season and stick to their 1st and 2nd positions respectively.

The Gunners controlled much of the first half and took the lead through an excellent long-range strike from Andrey Arshavin five minutes before the interval.

United improved in the second period and Wayne Rooney equalised from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after being brought down by Manuel Almunia.

Abou Diaby then headed a Ryan Giggs free-kick into his own net five minutes later to put United ahead, while the game ended with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger being sent off.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused United of adopting "anti-football" tactics after this fiery meeting between the Premier League title hopefuls.

Arsene Wenger was sent off as Arsenal were denied a last-gasp equaliser in what was a thrilling encounter with Manchester United. Wenger must have already been raging at the injustice of it all as an outstanding performance from his team went unrewarded thanks to Wayne Rooney's controversial second-half penalty and an Abou Diaby own goal. But when what would have been an equaliser with virtually the last kick for Robin van Persie was ruled out for offside against William Gallas, it was too much for Wenger, who lashed out in frustration and was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean. After a laughable delay as Wenger got as near to the action as he could by clambering onto the top of the dug-out, the Frenchman made his way to the tunnel, lingering long enough to witness the last dregs of an epic.

The Gunners were in front and on top when Rooney went down under Manuel Almunia's challenge just before the hour mark. There was at least some contact this time but it was limited enough to leave Wenger gnashing his teeth, especially as Andrey Arshavin had been denied a stone-wall spot-kick earlier. The outcome was the same as Eduardo achieved earlier in the week. Rooney sent Almunia the wrong way, ensuring the only blot on Diaby's fine performance turned out to be the own goal that sealed a win that wrecked Arsenal's 100% start to the season.

There was plenty of pace on the shot but England goalkeepers should really be doing better than pushing it into the roof of the net, as Foster did. Nemanja Vidic came close to levelling straight away for the hosts but, as they trooped into the tunnel for a dismal half-time debrief, the best they could actually reflect on was a Rooney free-kick that curled narrowly wide. Strangely given how one-sided the opening half had been, Ferguson did not try to change things during the interval. And his team were almost out of the game before he had retaken his seat. Arshavin sped past John O'Shea as though the Irishman was not there to reach the by-line and picked out Van Persie with a teasing low cross that looked certain to be number two until Foster stuck out a leg to make a magnificent save. At that point, there seemed to be only one winner. How wrong those doubters were as Ferguson's team surged back, Ryan Giggs the architect behind the comeback just as Arshavin had sparked Arsenal earlier. Rooney went straight for the ball, put it on the spot and promptly sent Almunia the wrong way and scored a perfect penalty kick to bring his 4th goal of the season. Any pretence at defence was now swept away amid the fervour of an occasion that threatened to become a classic. . A minute later, from a very similar position, United got their second. In truth, Giggs' free-kick would not have threatened Almunia if Diaby had not stuck his head on it and deflected it straight into the corner of his own goal.

Dimitar Berbatov came on for the the veteran Giggs who played marvellously well and created chances to seal the win for United. He was the one who let Diaby score an own goal! Berbatov missed some sitters as soon as he came on the pitch which was much expected from him. Till now, he hasnt proved his worth of £30m. As he said in his exclusive Manutd.com interview "I am still learning". Well you seriously cant be learning to take such easy chances and especially sitters like that! It was an excellent pass from Nani, who is in great form this season, and Berbatov just couldn't do better than kicking the ball high above the last stand of the crowd behind.. As if he pressed the X button on his 360/PS3 a bit too much.

Thats all from today.

Do catch us after the Spurs game and hopefully we beat them to move up a place in the Barclays Premier League table.

Video Highlights

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