Arsenal 1 Manchester U 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ar­senal 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Emir­ates Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 28, 2013. Man­chester Uni­ted gain­ed a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Ar­senal in their pen­ul­tim­ate away fix­ture of the 2012-13 sea­son. Theo Wal­cott gave the hosts the lead in the sec­ond min­ute, on­ly for Robin van Per­sie to equal­ise for Uni­ted wi­th a well-taken pen­alty shortly be­fore the break.

Mat­ch of­fi­cial Phil Dowd han­ded Man­chester Uni­ted a pen­alty af­ter Ar­senal de­fender Ba­cary Sagna had clum­sily bro­ught down Robin van Per­sie in­side the eight­een-yard area in the 44th min­ute of the mat­ch. Wi­th the calmness of a Buddhist monk, the Man­chester Uni­ted and Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al stri­ker sco­red his 25th Pre­mier Lea­gue goal of the 2012-13 cam­paign for The Reds wi­th a bril­liantly ex­ecuted spot kick to make the score one all. The pen­du­lum swung back and forth dur­ing the sec­ond ha­lf, but in the end there were no more goals, and the ga­me at the Emir­ates Sta­dium ended in a draw. Af­ter the closely con­tested en­counter be­tween Ar­senal and Man­chester Uni­ted, Old Traf­ford boss Sir Al­ex Fer­guson sing­led out Robin van Per­sie for spe­cial praise. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “Robin van Per­sie kept his nerve, that was im­port­ant. It was a dif­fi­cult time for him, the chant­ing from the fans does­n’t help, but he kept his cool. Ar­senal set off at a fant­ast­ic pace, very ag­gress­ive and a lot of tackles and I think that the ref­er­ee just couldn´t keep up. Man­chester Uni­ted have one of the best dis­cip­lin­ary re­cords in the coun­try. For us to have five play­ers book­ed I don´t think that´s right.” Ar­senal Te­am: Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, Ba­cary Sagna, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, Per Merte­sack­er, Kier­an Gibbs, Mikel Ar­teta, Aar­on Ram­sey, To­mas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Theo Wal­cott, Lu­kas Podol­ski. Sub­stitutes: Vito Man­none, Carl Jen­kin­son, Nacho Mon­real, Tho­mas Ver­maelen, Al­ex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, Jack Wil­shere, Gervinho. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Rio Fer­dinand, Ra­fael da Silva, Jon­ny Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Phil Jones, Lu­is Nani, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Way­ne Roo­ney, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: An­ders Linde­gaard, Shinji Ka­gawa, Al­ex Buttner, Oli­veira An­der­son, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ry­an Gig­gs, Javi­er Hernandez.

 

Robin van Persie Quickfacts

Robin van Per­sie sco­red 96 goals in 194 mat­ches for Ar­senal be­tween 2004 and 2012.

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