Arsenal 1 Manchester U 2

Danny Welbeck

Ar­senal 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Emir­ates Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Jan­uary 22, 2012. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson was full of praise for his play­ers af­ter the two-one tri­umph ag­ainst long­time rivals Ar­senal. Man­chester Uni­ted left it late to snatch the win as Dan­ny Wel­beck pro­vided the win­ning goal for the ramp­ant vis­it­ors in the eighty-fir­st min­ute of the tussle.

Af­ter go­ing down nar­rowly one-nil to fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue title con­tenders Ar­senal at Emir­ates Sta­dium in the cor­res­pond­ing en­counter of the 2010-11 sea­son, Man­chester Uni­ted had out­classed Ar­sene Wenger´s men by eight goals to two at Old Traf­ford in the re­verse fix­ture of the 2011-12 cam­paign. On this oc­ca­sion, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s troops ma­naged to be­at Ar­senal two-one thanks to a goal each from An­tonio Va­lencia and Dan­ny Wel­beck, but des­pite win­ning a fully-de­served three points in the meet­ing wi­th the North Lon­doners, they were still stuck in sec­ond place. Ar­senal, who came in­to this ga­me on the back of two suc­cess­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue de­feats ag­ainst Ful­ham and Swansea City re­spect­ively, struggled for long peri­ods ag­ainst an ag­gress­ive and well-or­gan­ised Man­chester Uni­ted si­de at Emir­ates Sta­dium, but un­for­tu­nately for The Reds Phil Jones in­jured his ankle just six­teen min­utes in­to the fir­st ha­lf and the Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al was sub­sti­tuted by fel­low de­fender Ra­fael da Silva. Man­chester Uni­ted nev­er­the­less star­ted to gain more pos­ses­sion of the ball as the ga­me pro­gressed and they were duly re­war­ded when Va­lencia head­ed ho­me an fine cross from Ry­an Gig­gs in fir­st-ha­lf stop­page time. Ar­senal saw more of the ball af­ter the break and Robin van Per­sie ev­entually equal­ised for The Gun­ners wi­th an as­ton­ish­ing fif­teen-yard shot thro­ugh the legs of North­ern Ire­land stop­per Jon­ny Evans and pa­st a com­pletely help­less An­ders Linde­gaard in the Man­chester Uni­ted goal in the sev­enty-fir­st min­ute of the con­test. And there was worse to come for Fer­guson on­ly four min­utes la­ter as Por­tuguese wing­er Lu­is Nani suf­fered a ser­i­ous in­jury to his foot from a tack­le by Lau­rent Kos­cielny and was re­placed by Paul Scho­les. But wi­th nine min­utes re­maining of the clash, Va­lencia played a bril­liant one-two wi­th Ji-Sung Park be­fore squar­ing the ball for Wel­beck who ham­mered ho­me from ten yards to se­cure a clo­se win for United.

Sir Al­ex Fer­guson was nat­ur­ally well pleased wi­th the vic­tory ag­ainst Ar­senal at Emir­ates Sta­dium, but he was not ex­actly happy wi­th pre­vi­ous Liver­pool and Scot­land de­fender Alan Hansen’s ana­lys­is of his si­de fol­low­ing the mat­ch in North Lon­don. The out­spoken TV-pun­dit claimed, amongst oth­er things, that Man­chester Uni­ted had not played well for the last eight­een months. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “I no­ticed that Alan Han­sen was at it ag­ain, say­ing that we had not played well for one and a ha­lf years. I reck­on that com­ment goes along­side his claim a few years ago that you do not win any­thing wi­th young­sters. Maybe he was just try­ing to rattle us on the eve of go­ing to play his for­mer club at An­field in the FA Cup at the week­end.” Ar­senal Te­am: Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, Tho­mas Ver­maelen, Jo­hann Djour­ou, Per Merte­sack­er, Al­ex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, Aar­on Ram­sey, To­mas Rosicky, Al­ex Song, Theo Wal­cott, Robin Van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Ig­nasi Miquel, Chu-Young Park, Se­bas­tien Squil­laci, Nico Yen­nar­is, Yossi Benayoun, An­drei Ar­shav­in, Manuel Almunia. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: An­ders Linde­gaard, Phil Jones, Chris Small­ing, Jon­ny Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Ry­an Gig­gs, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Lu­is Nani. Sub­stitutes: Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Ra­fael da Silva, Fa­bio da Silva, Ji-Sung Park, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Da­vid de Gea.

 

Danny Welbeck Quickfacts

Af­ter spend­ing the 2010-11 cam­paign on loan at Sun­der­land, Dan­ny Wel­beck amassed twelve goals in thirty-nine ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 2011-12 season.

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