Good afternoon and welcome to Nigerianeye’s live text coverage of the Premier League showdown between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
The hosts come into this match off the back of three consecutive Premier League wins without conceding a goal, lifting them into the top four of the table but still 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
United, meanwhile, are eight points behind the pace-setters, but could close that gap to five with a victory against their old rivals today as City are not in action until Sunday.
Make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.
ARSENAL: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Sanchez
ARSENAL SUBS: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo; Valencia, Matic, Pogba, Young; Lingard, Lukaku, Martial
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Romero, Darmian, Blind, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Rashford
22 min Lacazette gets a touch to a Ramsey strike and loops the ball towards goal only to see it land on the roof of the net, although the linesman’s flag was raised.
21 min SAVE! Ramsey tries his luck from outside the area, but his strike is tame and easy for the keeper to collect.
20 min CHANCE! Golden chance for Arsenal to halve the deficit! Koscielny loops a header into the box from a corner and Lacazette gets the wrong side of Rojo, stretching out and getting a toe to the ball from point-blank range. De Gea blocks it with his legs and the ball trickles agonisingly past the post, but he didn’t know anything about it.
19 min Mayhem inside the Manchester United box as two defenders, De Gea and two Arsenal players are all chasing a bouncing ball which eventually goes behind for a corner. This time it was the hosts who hit United on the break.
18 min United have a good chance to break from an Arsenal corner as Pogba feeds a pass through to Lukaku, who all too easily is in acres of space on the right. The striker powers past Ramsey before putting his cross into the box, but he picks out an Arsenal defender rather than Lingard.
17 min Arsenal have responded quite well to that second goal and have been on the front foot since, but it is a long way back for them now. The Gunners need the next goal without a doubt.
15 min ARSENAL SUB: Here is the change as Alex Iwobi replaces the injured Mustafi.
13 min Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal – Mustafi appears to have picked up an injury during that incident and may not be able to continue. Alex Iwobi is the man warming up, interestingly.
11 min Incredible! Manchester United are two goals to the good inside the opening 11 minutes, and it is another poor piece of defending from Arsenal which gifts them it!
Koscielny gives the ball across to Mustafi, who has time despite Lingard chasing him down. The defender takes too long over it, though, and Lingard nips in to steal possession. From there is is clinical from United as Lukaku finds Martial, who brilliantly flicks the ball around the corner for Lingard to finish when one on one with the keeper.
11 min GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United (Jesse Lingard)
11 min More cause for the United fans to be optimistic following that early goal…
9 min Sanchez goes for goal himself, but he fires the free kick straight into the solid Manchester United wall.
8 min Arsenal will have the chance to test De Gea for the first time here as Sanchez wins a free kick from Smalling in a very good shooting position…
6 min United could not have wished for a better start to this match. I questioned whether they would be cautious tonight or go for the win – well now they can afford to sit back and look to frustrate Arsenal. That is a big, big goal to get so early.
4 min What a start for Manchester United! They break the deadlock inside four minutes as Antonio Valencia scores his second Premier League goal of the season!
It is a dreadful pass square across defence from Koscielny and Valencia quickly pounces on it, beating Kolasinac to the ball. The wing-back then exchanges passes with Pogba on the edge of the box before collecting the return and drilling it through the legs of Cech!
4 min GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United (Antonio Valencia)
3 min United win an early corner after they get forward well down the left flank, but Young’s delivery comes to nothing. The visitors have settled into this quickly.
1 min KICKOFF: Here we go, then! After a false start, Arsenal get us underway at the Emirates!