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Wednesday 12 February 2014 | Emirates Stadium | Referee: Mark Clattenburg | Attendance 60,021

0 - 0
Man Utd
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Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United.

With Manchester City's clash with Sunderland postponed because of the weather and Chelsea failing to beat West Brom on Tuesday, victory would have taken Arsenal to the summit.

However, in a game where neither side offered enough up front to win, Arsene Wenger's men were only able to move within a point of Jose Mourinho's leaders and two ahead of City.

David Moyes' side, who were frustrated by a late Fulham equaliser on Sunday, have now won just one of their last five Premier League outings and remain seventh.

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie almost put the visitors ahead after just two minutes, dispossessing Mikel Arteta before firing straight at Wojciech Szczesny.

In a lively opening, Jack Wilshere was then well tackled by Patrice Evra, having looked to have fashioned a chance on goal, before Olivier Giroud shrugged off his marker and headed wide from a corner.

Van Persie missed chance in the 18th minute before Giroud headed wide from a corner four minutes later.

Rio Ferdinand came on for United for the second half in place of Rafael, who had been injured when he fell awkwardly following an aerial challenge for the ball with Giroud.

The first chance of the half went to Arsenal, with Laurent Koscielny's header cleared off the line by Antonio Valencia from a Santi Cazorla corner in the 61st minute.

Arsenal piled on the pressure from there, with Giroud nudging Bacary Sagna's cross marginally past David de Gea's right-hand post 14 minutes from time before Van Persie's header was tipped onto the crossbar by Szczesny three minutes later.

De Gea was called into action again once more before full-time, getting a strong right hand to Cazorla's effort before tipping it around the post.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I think overall we could have won it but it was a game of very few chances. Our defensive focus was extreme because we conceded so many goals on Saturday and they were focused on defending also - it could have gone 1-0 for either side.

"We had two or three chances in the second half from crosses where Giroud was just a bit short. When you go forward they can always catch you with the quality of strikers they have and it was important not to lose tonight.

"We want to stay in the FA Cup and the title race is absolutely open for many teams."

Manchester United manager David Moyes: "I am pleased, but I wanted all three points. Arsenal are having a great season, so it is not a bad draw for us. The way my luck was going I expected Mesut Ozil to score with a free-kick at the end. I am quite pleased with a lot of things we did.

"Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were very good. They showed all their experience. I do not like talking about luck. But you hope it turns around.

"The last couple of games we have had Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie back and the record with the two of them has been very good. We have a lot of catching up to do, we have to win games and keep plugging away."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 8.67 6.33
3. Bacary Sagna 7.38 6.12
4. Per Mertesacker 7.54 6.37
6. Laurent Koscielny 8.07 6.08
28. Kieran Gibbs 7.54 6.16
19. Santiago Cazorla 7.93 6.72
10. Jack Wilshere 7.54 6.54
11. Mesut Özil 7.71 7.44
8. Mikel Arteta 6.71 6.01
7. Tomas Rosicky 7.62 6.2
12. Olivier Giroud 7.38 7.05
Substitutes All Fans BFR
25. Carl Jenkinson 3.75 5.75
17. Nacho Monreal 3.25 5.39
9. Lukas Podolski 8.0 6.65
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7.78 5.27
21. Lukasz Fabianski 5.33 5.0
22. Yaya Sanogo 5.33 4.61
23. Nicklas Bendtner 4.5 5.74
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David de Gea 6.54 5.85
2. Rafael 4.64 4.86
3. Patrice Evra 4.58 5.52
12. Chris Smalling 5.42 4.97
15. Nemanja Vidic 5.36 5.48
10. Wayne Rooney 5.0 7.32
25. Luis Antonio Valencia 4.0 5.52
8. Juan Mata 5.21 6.62
16. Michael Carrick 4.92 5.57
23. Tom Cleverley 3.46 4.95
20. Robin van Persie 5.85 6.8
Substitutes All Fans BFR
31. Marouane Fellaini 4.5 5.25
13. Anders Lindegaard 5.33 3.86
28. Alexander Büttner 5.0 4.57
44. Adnan Januzaj 5.0 6.68
18. Ashley Young 5.5 4.73
5. Rio Ferdinand 5.67 4.96
14. Javier Hernández 6.33 5.59

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