Van Persie helps sink Arsenal

2012-11-03 16:49

London - Robin van Persie piled on the misery for former club Arsenal as Manchester United went top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Dutch striker needed fewer than three minutes to put United in front before Patrice Evra doubled their lead in the 67th minute.

Arsenal, for whom this defeat was their third in five matches, then saw this latest loss made worse when midfielder Jack Wilshere, in only his second game back following a long injury lay-off, was sent off for a second bookable offence after he caught Evra on the ankle.

Victory put United two points in front of previous leaders Chelsea.

But the European champions will return to top spot if they win at Swansea later on Saturday.

Van Persie, playing against Arsenal for the first time since his 24 million ($39 million) pre-season move from the Gunners, wasted little time in giving United the lead.

He struck in the third minute when, after Thomas Vermaelen failed to clear a Rafael cross from the right, he shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

It was the 29-year-old van Persie's 10th goal in 13 United appearances.

United should have doubled their lead shortly before half-time when they were awarded a penalty after Santi Cazorla blocked Ashley Young's cross with his arm.

But England striker Wayne Rooney saw his spot-kick go well wide of Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone's right post.

However, Evra did reward United's dominance when he headed in a Rooney cross following a short corner.

Cazorla pulled a goal back for Arsenal deep into stoppage time with virtually the last kick of the match, but defeat meant the Gunners were left nine points off the summit just 10 games into the season.

Premier League champions Manchester City, the only unbeaten side in English football's top-flight so far this term, are away to West Ham in Saturday's late kick-off match, having started the weekend level on points with United.


  • lourenzo.manyama - 2012-11-03 17:21

    not cool

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-03 17:23

      Van, my Man!

  • Mlungisi Mazibuko - 2012-11-03 17:26

    i love this team, things are back to normal now

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-11-03 17:40

    the buy of the season in the EPL!!!

  • derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-11-03 18:04

    he was sold to MU for 24 million!! I thought slavery and the selling and ownership of someone was abolished a few 100 years ago?

      Sige Gorabeb - 2012-11-03 18:11

      What have u been smoking buddy? ..........seriously! compare eggs and eggs and apples and apples.

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-11-03 19:06

      look mate my comment is tongue in cheek but think about it.. Van persie did not get the 24mil he was sold to another cotton farm(football club) for that amount of money paid for by his new owners, his new owners can now sell him on, he is under serious obligation to the new farm and and if he does not perform he is under threat of been sold to another farm that is not as nice. also if he does a runner he will be hunted down and dragged through the courts where his owners will seek (financial) retribution. Sounds like slavery to me!!!

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-11-04 01:48

      come on guys dont just thumbs down make a comment.....

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-03 18:13

    Since former vice-chairman David Dein left Arsenal,the Gunners has become worst with each passing week.This delusionary clown of a vice-chairman Ivan Gazidis don't have a ****ing clue as to what he's doing in Arsenal.That's why supporters are singing that they want there club back cause it ain't Arsenal anymore.When Arsene Wenger finally leaves Arsenal he would have left the club in a worse state then George Graham ever did.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-11-03 18:13

    A Bells to u all MU!

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-11-03 18:45

    How has Wenger managed to avoid the sack after so many years of underachievements?

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-11-04 01:51

      Johnny that is something that I have been wondering for years now.. since they built the new fancy stadium(which I made quite a lot of money out of as i rented plant to them while they built it) they have achieved very little

  • - 2012-11-03 20:29

    M U playing with 13 as usual!

      lucien.langenhoven - 2012-11-05 10:39

      Most monotonous reply one can make. Why is it when Utd wins they "cheats". City wins they deserve it, Chelsea wins then they rode their luck, Liverpool wins then the ref and players were outstanding. If you look at the past couple of years in physical stats you would see that Chelsea is the team that got the benefit of most dubious decisions, have won most penalties that shouldn’t have been penalties after TV reviews, Chelsea players only got "talking to" by the ref when already on a yellow card to avoid getting a red. Last season City scored the most goals in "extra time" that got added on after the initial extra time was provided when they should have drawn or even lost the game. Yet every time it’s only United that get the label of having assistance with the match officials. So I suggest you start watching football, commenting less and get to understand the facts first before making another boring statement.

      krishnen.n.pillay - 2012-11-20 15:46

      If you also remember last seasons FA Cup against Spurs, the goal was given against spurs but the ball was no were near the goal. Talk about favouritism ??????

  • yaseen.bux.5 - 2012-11-03 21:12

    It's a great view from the top of the table!this team has moved into top gear now!

  • Simon Chabuka - 2012-11-04 10:03

    wenger is too clever for his good, hw can selling your 2 best players be considered good business Song and Van Persie should never have been sold its like Barcelona selling Xavi and Iniesta

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  • mike.strach - 2012-11-04 23:15

    The picture shows Van Persie celebrating. He didn't in the game. poor.

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