Live Updates

Full-time: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

  • Manchester United end Arsenal's run of 12 successive home league victories in arguably the game of the season so far
  • Antonio Valencia intercepts a poor pass from Laurent Koscielny before driving the visitors into an early lead
  • Jesse Lingard doubles the advantage after Shkodran Mustafi is hopelessly caught in possession
  • Lacazette reduces the deficit shortly after the interval following a terrific lay-off from Aaron Ramsey
  • David De Gea makes several more great saves before another United counter-attack is finished off by Lingard
  • Paul Pogba is dismissed for a nasty foul on Hector Bellerin and will be suspended for a three-match stretch that includes next weekend's Manchester derby
  • RECAP: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle, Brighton 1-5 Liverpool, Watford 1-1 Tottenham

That is all from me for now, but keep your eyes peeled for post-match reaction from Wenger and Mourinho from IBTimes UK's man on the ground at the Emirates, Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal.

We will be back in midweek to bring you live coverage of the final round of Champions League and Europa League group stage matches. Until then, it's goodbye.

It's the end of Arsenal's 12-game league winning streak at home and they stay fifth, one point adrift of in-form Liverpool. They host BATE Borisov in a final Europa League group stage clash on Thursday before travelling to Southampton.

United are also in action on the continent in midweek, hosting CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Game of the season so far?

Ruthless from United, who could easily have lost tonight and had no complaints. They regain their three-point buffer to third-place Chelsea and move within five of leaders City, who should beat struggling West Ham at home tomorrow.

An otherwise brilliant evening for them is tarnished somewhat by the fact that they will once again be without the influential Pogba for a three-game stretch that begins with the Manchester derby at Old Trafford next Sunday.


Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

Ozil feeds Ramsey, who launches a shot harmlessly over the crossbar. Mourinho looks to run down the clock by introducing Marcus Rashford.

Young heads to the bench.

Another Arsenal penalty appeal is waved away after Smalling foolishly slides in on Lacazette.

Brainless defending from United during these latter stages. Five minutes of added time signalled.

Darmian clearly catches Welbeck in the box but referee Marriner, who has got most of his decisions right so far this evening, fails to point to the spot.

That looked stonewall.

Welbeck fails to work De Gea with a header and Mourinho wants a red card for last man Koscielny, who drags down Lukaku.

Too far out to be deemed a goal-scoring chance and the French centre-back gets away with a yellow.

We missed it a few minutes ago, but Mourinho sent on Matteo Darmian in place of Lingard after that Pogba red card.

Arsenal continue to search for another breakthrough that could spark a late collapse from United's 10 men. Welbeck's deflected shot is helped on its way over by De Gea.


Kolasinac is the man to make way for Giroud as Arsenal further increase their attacking prowess.

Cech comes racing off his line to hook the ball into touch as Herrera looks to release Valencia down the right flank.

Pogba has been colossal at times here, but his night ends prematurely as he is deservedly dismissed for a nasty challenge on Bellerin.

An automatic three-match ban means he will miss next weekend's Manchester derby in addition to games against Bournemouth and West Brom. Mourinho will be fuming.

Arsenal have 15 minutes or so to make their numerical advantage count.

Paul Pogba

Red card: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Welbeck for Xhaka is Arsenal's second change of the evening. Looks like Olivier Giroud is going to come on shortly too.

Ozil brings down Herrera with a mistimed sliding challenge and Matic catches Lacazette with an arm to the face.

Bellerin is then cautioned for wiping out Young.

De Gea repels another shot from Sanchez and Arsenal force another corner.

Mourinho withdraws Martial in favour of Herrera.

The atmosphere is sucked out of the Emirates as United, having rode their luck and relied upon several stellar stops from De Gea, restore their two-goal lead on the counter-attack.

Pogba absolutely schools Koscielny and Cech is unable to cut out a squared pass that is tapped in by Lingard, who now has a brace.

Jesse Lingard

Goal: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (Jesse Lingard)

Matic produces a strong defensive header and comes off worse from a painful clash of heads with Koscielny.

He jogs back on after receiving treatment on the sidelines.

De Gea called into action again as he holds a fizzed delivery from Ozil.

Rojo is booked for a bad foul on Sanchez as Ander Herrera embarks upon a vigorous warm-up. His introduction looks imminent.

United have to do something to stem this Arsenal tide.

A massive double save from De Gea keeps United in front. Lacazette is denied in phenomenal fashion before Sanchez somehow cannot steer the ball home from close range.


Iwobi forces another good stop from De Gea, who is certainly being kept busy.

Where is the defending from these two sides?!

Cech makes a tremendous save to thwart Lingard and Martial's follow-up effort at the back post is blocked by Monreal.

This game is an absolute belter and I'm struggling to keep up.

Arsenal have picked up where they left off in this second half and finally get their reward.

Ramsey is miles onside as he brilliantly touches a Sanchez cross into the path of Lacazette, who smashes past De Gea.

Now we really have a game on our hands.

Alexandre Lacazette

Goal: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United (Alexandre Lacazette)

No changes from Wenger or Mourinho as the second half kicks off.

More of the same please chaps.


And breathe!

A cracking half of football at the Emirates that evokes memories of the good old days of this particular rivalry.

United benefitted from a couple of early errors to take a 2-0 lead - although the second goal was still superb - and continue to look dangerous on the counter, but Arsenal will be wondering how on earth they have not scored.

They've fashioned more than enough chances to be back on level terms, yet have not managed to find a way past the peerless De Gea.


Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United

Sanchez's free-kick is inadvertently turned towards his own goal by Lukaku, who got himself in all sorts of bother trying to hook the ball clear.

De Gea makes a superb one-handed stop to preserve his clean sheet.

David De Gea

Three minutes of added time will be played at the end of this pulsating first half.

Arsenal could fashion another chance here after Matic fouls Ozil.

It's wave after wave of Arsenal attacks at the Emirates, but still they cannot reduce the deficit.

De Gea pushes away a long-range strike from Bellerin before parrying a shot from Kolasinac that bounces awkwardly off the turf.

Matic makes a pivotal block to divert Ramsey's shot wide after incisive interplay between Sanchez and Lacazette leads to another Arsenal corner.

Koscielny did well to keep the attack alive.

Xhaka cleans out both man and ball with a full-blooded challenge that leaves Martial in a crumpled heap.

A wild right-footed shot from Iwobi sails high into the stands.

Bellerin gets to the byline before being penalised for a foul on Young.

Victor Lindelof is on hand to clear after De Gea fails to hold an Arsenal corner under pressure.

Lacazette then tees up Ozil for a sweetly-struck volley that is straight at the goalkeeper.

End-to-end stuff as United launch another purposeful counter. Pogba races out to the right-hand side, but fails to pick out Lukaku or Martial with a weak cross that is cleared.

This has been a hugely entertaining opening 35 minutes or so.

How have Arsenal not scored?!

The ball is deflected into the path of Lacazette, who follows an initial dummy with a shot that is deflected onto the crossbar by De Gea.

Iwobi tries to follow-up before Xhaka sends a spinning ball agonisingly wide of the post.

Alexandre Lacazette

Sanchez produces a skilful dummy to coax an obvious foul from Rojo and comes away limping.

He leaves the free-kick to Ozil, whose lofted left-footed effort is headed away by a retreating Young.

You suspect that De Gea had that covered anyway due to a lack of power on the strike.

Aaron Ramsey shoots straight at De Gea before his next long-range attempt is deflected onto the roof of the net by Lacazette, who was standing in an offside position.

Lingard now receiving some treatment.

Arsenal earn another corner after some hesitancy from David De Gea, who then denies Lacazette from close range after Granit Xhaka's knockdown.

It's been a breathless start to this game. The Gunners look extremely vulnerable at the back - particularly on the break - but capable of scoring a couple themselves.

An Arsenal corner almost leads to another United chance as they continue to look dangerous on the counter-attack.

Lukaku's cross is cleared.

Mustafi went down after that glaring error and signals to the bench that he needs to come off.

Wenger reacts by sending on Alex Iwobi rather than Per Mertesacker. Looks like a change in system for Arsenal.

Wenger would struggle to have envisaged a worse start than this.

Shkodran Mustafi takes an age to attempt a pass deep inside his own half and is caught in possession by Lingard, who links-up with Lukaku before being released by a great flick from Anthony Martial inside the box.

He then holds off Monreal to score via the post. A brilliant team goal, although entirely self-inflicted from Arsenal's perspective.

Jesse Lingard

Goal: Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United (Jesse Lingard)

Marcos Rojo makes an important intervention to clear Kolasinac's low cross towards Lacazette after good combination play between Monreal and Ozil.

Sanchez curls a free-kick straight into United's wall of giants after being fouled by Chris Smalling.

A poor pass from Koscielny towards Sead Kolasinac is picked off by Valencia, who plays a neat one-two with Pogba before driving home through the legs of both Nacho Monreal and Petr Cech.

Woeful defending from Arsenal and United strike early in north London.

Antonio Valencia

Goal: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United (Antonio Valencia)

Hector Bellerin makes things too easy for Ashley Young, whose dangerous early cross is deflected behind by Laurent Koscielny.

Young's corner flicks off the head of Pogba and well wide.

Referee Andre Marriner gets the weekend's main event - in footballing terms at least - off and running.

Arsenal will be kicking from right to left in this first half as we look at it, with United donning their black change strips.

The teams have emerged from the tunnel, the pre-match pleasantries have been exchanged and we are just about ready to get underway under the lights.


Wenger says that Lacazette trained without problems on Friday after a positive scan. It seems like the Frenchman has made a remarkably quick recovery.

Meanwhile, Mourinho claims Matic wants to play, although he is not sure he is fully fit. He insists he trusts the Serbian midfielder's judgement 100%.

Another thumping win for Liverpool means that Arsenal temporarily drop down to fifth, one point behind Jurgen Klopp's side. The two teams boast identical goal differences.

Chelsea's comeback win over Newcastle at lunchtime means they are now level on points with United in second, although with a clearly inferior GD.

The full-time whistles have sounded around the six 15.00 GMT kick-offs...

Brighton 1-5 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Huddersfield

Leicester 1-0 Burnley

Stoke 2-1 Swansea

Watford 1-1 Tottenham

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace


Meanwhile, Daley Blind takes Zlatan Ibrahimovic's spot on the bench in the only change to the United matchday squad from Watford.

Arsenal are completely unchanged from that thrashing of Huddersfield. Lacazette is surprisingly passed fit and Sanchez starts as expected.


CONFIRMED: Lacazette and Matic both START at the Emirates.

Mourinho-esque mind-games from Wenger...

Some very interesting whispers regarding team news circulating across social media just now. Final lineups to come in just a couple of minutes.

Stay tuned...

There will be no Phil Jones, Eric Bailly or Marouane Fellaini again for United, while Nemanja Matic has travelled but is still considered doubtful after limping off at Watford with a muscular injury.

Michael Carrick, whose only appearance of the season to date came in September's Carabao Cup victory over Burton Albion, recently revealed that he underwent a cardiac ablation to treat an irregular heart rhythm.

The captain says he is working hard to rebuild his match fitness and hopes to be available again soon.

Nemanja Matic
Getty Images

The big news as far as Arsenal are concerned is that club-record signing and top scorer Alexandre Lacazette misses out with a groin injury after being withdrawn at half-time in midweek. Olivier Giroud bagged a brace off the bench, although it could be that Danny Welbeck gets the nod against his former club.

Alexis Sanchez is expected to be fit after nursing a minor hamstring issue against Huddersfield, though it remains to be seen when or indeed if Santi Cazorla will be able to play again after further pain forced him to undergo a ninth achilles operation.

Alexandre Lacazette
Getty Images

While the days of 'Pizzagate', Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty miss and absorbing midfield/tunnel wars between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira have now been replaced by an old rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho now somewhat lacking in its former vitriol, Arsenal vs Manchester United is still a fixture that commands significant attention on the Premier League calendar despite its lack of fireworks in recent times.

Again this particular installment does not come with both sides scrapping it out for the title, but rather seeking to keep Pep Guardiola's dominant Manchester City just about in their respective sights as we embark upon the busiest portion of the fixture schedule.

Arsenal secured their 12th consecutive home win in midweek by putting Huddersfield to the sword courtesy of a dominant second-half display orchestrated by resurgent contract rebel Mesut Ozil, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford next summer.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

That is just one of a number of subplots at work this evening as the Gunners, winners of three successive league games for the first time this season, seek to quickly regain their top-four berth with in-form Liverpool cruising to another triumph at Brighton.

United have escaped with three points on just one of their last five visits to the Emirates Stadium and the overly-conservative Mourinho - as many are quick to point out - possesses a woeful record on the road against top-six rivals since 2014, although Wenger does not expect him to park the proverbial bus tonight.

A fourth consecutive victory here would see the Red Devils, who were coasting at Watford in midweek before briefly threatening to collapse, regain their advantage over third-place Chelsea and close the gap to City to five points before the leaders host struggling West Ham tomorrow afternoon.

There is also the small matter of the Manchester derby to come next weekend.

Stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the latest team news and live minute-by-minute updates after kick-off at 17.30 GMT.