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Van Persie: Holds back celebrations

Van Persie: Holds back celebrations

Robin van Persie scored against former club Arsenal as Manchester United climbed top of the Premier League standings with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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The Dutchman, who left the Gunners at the end of last season, fired home the opener for the Red Devils after just three minutes, and although Wayne Rooney missed his penalty, Patrice Evra made it 2-0 in the 67th minute.

Arsene Wenger's men would eventually finish the match with 10 men as Jack Wilshere picked up a second yellow card, and although Santi Cazorla found an injury-time goal, it wouldn't be enough to prevent the north London giants from slipping nine points off the summit.

The hosts were gifted the chance to score just minutes after the kick-off as Thomas Vermaelen's mis-cued clearance fell perfectly for Van Persie, who made no mistake to drive his low shot past Vito Mannone and into the bottom corner of the net.

The prolific forward went close again a few moments later but his driven effort was straight at Mannone.

The Arsenal keeper then produced a great save to keep out a well-struck Rooney shot, but the England international really should have doubled United's advantage when the home side were awarded a penalty after Cazorla was adjudged to have handled Ashley Young's cross.

However, the United striker thumped his spot kick wide to keep the visitors in the game.

They were almost made to pay for that miss as Aaron Ramsey got off a close-range shot, but his effort was beaten away at the near post by David de Gea.

Antonio Valencia missed a golden chance for the home side moments after the break after Van Persie put the ball on a plate for the winger, but he couldn't make a proper connection with the ball, which rolled wide of the gaping net.

The Gunners went close to an equaliser when Olivier Giroud received the ball inside the area before turning well and getting away his shot, but the Frenchman was denied by the legs of De Gea.

United added to their advantage midway through the second period when Evra got onto the end of Rooney's whipped cross following a quickly taken corner.

Arsenal's numbers were reduced to 10 just two minutes later when Wilshere's challenge on Evra saw him booked for a second time in the afternoon.

United couldn't take advantage and add a third goal though, and it was Arsenal who got on the score sheet when Cazorla made space for himself and bent the ball past De Gea to earn his side a consolation.

Posted: 03/11/12 14:39

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