Arsenal vs Manchester United – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates

Advantage Arsenal! Gunners crush Red Devils’ top-four hopes in frantic clash as Tavares, Saka and Xhaka on target as Ronaldo scores for visitors but Fernandes MISSES a penalty to level

  • Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 to strike a potentially decisive blow in the race for the top four
  • Nuno Tavares opened the scoring for the Gunners inside the opening three minutes with close-range tap-in
  • Bukayo Saka stroked home a composed penalty for 2-0 after an Eddie Nketiah goal was ruled out for offside
  • But Saka was adjudged to have been fouled by Alex Telles in the build-up, allowing the England man to net
  • Cristiano Ronaldo halved the deficit for United with a neat finish from a Telles cross before half-time
  • Bruno Fernandes squandered the chance to equalize when a second-half penalty stuck base of the post
  • And that proved costly when Granit Xhaka fired home a 30-yard rocket to put Arsenal 3-1 in the ascendancy

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Arsenal struck a potentially decisive blow in the race for the Premier League top four as they beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners moved above north London rivals Tottenham into fourth – for a few hours at least – as they dented United’s chances of Champions League qualification.

Nuno Tavares was on hand to tap home his first goal for Arsenal just three minutes into the contest, after David de Gea pushed out Bukayo Saka’s shot.

Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 to strike a potentially decisive blow in the race for the Premier League top four

Nuno Tavares was on hand to score his first Arsenal goal inside the opening three minutes, a close-range tap-in

Nuno Tavares was on hand to score his first Arsenal goal inside the opening three minutes, a close-range tap-in

Bukayo Saka converted Arsenal's second goal from the penalty spot after he'd been fouled in the lead-up to a Nketiah goal

Bukayo Saka converted Arsenal’s second goal from the penalty spot after he’d been fouled in the lead-up to a Nketiah goal

Saka then doubled the advantage with a perfectly-placed penalty after Eddie Nketiah had seen his goal disallowed in the build-up just after Saka was adjudged to have been fouled by Alex Telles.

United halved the deficit as Cristiano Ronaldo turned home a Telles cross before half-time but they spurned the chance to equalize as Bruno Fernandes rolled a tame penalty against the post.

And Granit Xhaka made them pay with a rocket shot from 30 yards to make it 3-1 and clinch the points.

Full report to follow.

Cristiano Ronaldo points to the heavens in tribute to his baby son after halving the deficit for United late in the first-half

Cristiano Ronaldo points to the heavens in tribute to his baby son after halving the deficit for United late in the first-half

Arsenal celebrate after Bruno Fernandes (right) rolled a second-half penalty against the base of the post for United

Arsenal celebrate after Bruno Fernandes (right) rolled a second-half penalty against the base of the post for United

But a screamer by Granit Xhaka settled the contest in Arsenal's favor in the second-half as they moved up into the top four

But a screamer by Granit Xhaka settled the contest in Arsenal’s favor in the second-half as they moved up into the top four

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