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Premier League round-up: Nasri stuns United

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Arsenal
Arsenal logo
2 - 1
Manchester United logoMan United
Samir Nasri 22
Rafael Da Silva 90
Samir Nasri 48



Arsenal, who had a three-match winless streak in all competitions, produced their best performance of the season to see off rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.

The match was end-to-end from start to finish and it was a contest neither side deserved to lose.

The Gunners broke the deadlock after 22 minutes when Dimitar Berbatov could only clear a Cesc Fàbregas free-kick out to Samir Nasri on the edge of the box and the French youngster unleashed a powerful drive deflected off Gary Neville and flew past Edwin van der Sar.

Nasri, an offseason signing from Marseille, grabbed his second three minutes after the restart as Arsenal strung together 15 passes to rip through United, and Nasri completed the move after receiving the ball from Fàbregas to shoot beyond van der Sar into the top corner.

Brazilian youngster Rafael Da Silva, who replaced Neville on 63 minutes, grabbed a late consolation for United with a terrific volley.

However, with Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo finding the target elusive, United were unable to find a leveler despite six minutes of added time.

"We could have been four up before they scored," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "You hope to do better than that in big games, but it will come. We are making chances, that is the main thing.

"It was fantasy football, it was like playground stuff - you attack, we attack - and they got the goals that mattered."


Elsewhere in Premier League on Saturday:

Wigan
Wigan Athletic logo
0 - 0
Stoke logo
Stoke
Hull
Hull City logo
0 - 1
Bolton logo
Bolton
Sunderland
Sunderland logo
1 - 2
Portsmouth logo
Portsmouth
West Ham
West Ham logo
1 - 3
Everton logo
Everton
Liverpool
Liverpool logo
3 - 0
West Bromwich Albion logo
West Brom


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