Robin van Persie is congratulated by Rafael, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young

Man United   2

van Persie (3), Evra (67)

Arsenal   1

Cazorla (94)

Saturday 3 November Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,492

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Man United
1De Gea
2Rafael
5Ferdinand
6Evans
3Evragoal
7Valenciasub17
16Carrick
23Cleverleyyellow cardsub8
18Youngyellow card
10Rooneyyellow card
20van Persiegoalyellow card
Subs:
13Lindegaard
31Wootton
17Nanisub7
8Andersonsub23yellow card
25Powell
22Scholes
14Hernandez
Arsenal
24Mannone
3Sagna
5Vermaelen
4Mertesacker
11Santos
8Artetayellow card
10Wilshereyellow cardred card
16Ramseysub14
19Cazorlagoal
12Giroud
9Podolskisub23
Subs:
6Koscielny
14Walcottsub16
39Coquelin
23Arshavinsub9yellow card
25Jenkinson
29Chamakh
36Martinez

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03/11/2012 14:30, Report by Gemma Thompson
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United 2 Arsenal 1

Robin van Persie was inevitably on the scoresheet as Manchester United beat his former club Arsenal to record a fourth consecutive win in the Barclays Premier League.

The Dutchman needed less than three minutes to make the away fans' worst fears come true, lashing in his tenth strike for the Reds after a mistake by Gunners centre-back Thomas Vermaelen. The Arsenal defence was found wanting again early in the second period when United captain Patrice Evra claimed a rare goal with a free header from Wayne Rooney's cross following a corner.

Sandwiched between the two notches was a missed penalty from Rooney, while Arsenal had Jack Wilshere sent off for a second bookable offence long before Santi Cazorla pulled back a consolation goal in the fourth minute of injury time - thus denying the Reds only a third clean sheet of the league campaign.

Both sides fielded unchanged starting XIs from the ones that secured wins in their last league outings, at Chelsea for United and at home to QPR for the Gunners.

Much of the pre-match talk had been about van Persie who was facing his former team for the first team since his summer move to Old Trafford. He certainly wasn’t given the friendliest of receptions from the visiting supporters, but that had absolutely no effect on the Dutchman who got United off to the most perfect of starts after just three minutes.

A lovely backheel from Antonio Valencia found Rafael down the right wing whose low cross was not cleared properly by Thomas Vermaelen. It fell to van Persie, just inside the box, who made no mistake with the first-time

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