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Summary

  1. Listen to 5 live commentary by using the play button
  2. Xhaka's 20-yard shot deflects off Herrera and in; Welbeck heads in Oxlade-Chamberlain cross
  3. Three minutes between goals
  4. Arsenal are now two points behind fifth-placed Man Utd

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Right then, that's it from me for this evening. Feel free to catch up on it all below if you're just joining in.  

For Arsenal, there are four league matches to go and an FA Cup final. Even with victory in each, there may be no Champions League next season - for the first time in 20 years.

Manchester United's bid for the top four will also continue. But they have another way in. Jose Mourinho's said it: It's all about the Europa League on Thursday.

Until the next time!

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'You want me to work for the BBC?'

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BBC Sport's Jonathan Pearce speaking to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

On Rob Holding:

"He had a nervous start. he looked a bit frozen. Overall I felt he played within himself. it's happened a few times - he's had a nervous starts. When he gains confidence he plays very well. He has a good future.

On a possible top four finish: "We want to win our games. Some teams that are safe continue to fight. Let's focus to win our games. Every win is important. We had a bad patch and seem to have recovered from it."

And asked by Jonathan whether they will be speaking to each other again next season?

"You want me to work for the BBC?"

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'Xhaka has improved'

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BBC Sport's Jonathan Pearce speaking to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

On the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium: "It was a bit subdued although I feel we needed to be patient. We were defensively well organised. The first goal was a bit lucky and the second was a great goal.

On goalscorer Granit Xhaka's display: "Hehas improved from the start to now. He is slowly getting stature in the middle of the park."

On Welbeck: "That's the kind of goal you want from Danny.

"He has all the abilities a striker needs. Hopefully, that will give him a boost."

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Trevor Heywood: Well done Gunners you showed the right attitude and spirit today. How Jose can say you were not better than MU is astonishing.

'There's a chance, but we need help'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a patiently built win where in the first half you could see we were a bit nervous, in the second half we took the edge off and scored the goals. It was a good win."

On switching to a 3-4-3 formation: "It gives us more defensive stability because we had a spell where we conceded too many goals. It is not all perfect but we are more defensively focused than we were a month ago."

On finally beating Jose Mourinho in a Premier League game: "We have had many draws as well and there were some fantastic teams that we played against. It is not manager against manager."

On whether Arsenal can still finish in the top four: "We still have a mathematical chance but we need some help. But the best help we can get is by winning our own games."

Dat guy Welbz

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Anyone reckon Danny Welbeck might feel he has a point to prove against his former employers?

He scored his third goal in four appearances against Manchester United since leaving them in September 2014.

Arsenal's win means they've won successive home Premier League games against United for the first time since November 2001.

'A blessing for Rooney'

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More from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "It was a disappointing result, but not individual performances. 

"Wayne Rooney is another one who played. This game was a blessing for him. In the first half he had the best chance of the whole game. He just had to put the ball through Petr's legs. He's had shots and got into good positions. He's ready to make contributions towards the end of the season.

"Paul Pogba didn't play, Marcus Rashford played some minutes. Others didn't play so on Thursday we will have the team in very good conditions." 

'Thursday is the match of the season'

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport: "We made eight changes. We made eight. 

"Of course, we knew we were not coming in our maximum power. That's a decision. We want to try to win the Europa Leaue - it's more important than finishing fourth. We needed to rest players. Our squad is short at this time. Today brave guys like Smalling, Jones and Mata - it's the first time they played football for seven weeks. They played 90 minutes. I'm very happy with the players and performance. We had big chances to score in the first half. 

"The last trophy I won was three months ago. I didn't care about that. Thursday is the match of the season. I hope Old Trafford feels the same, because we need Old Trafford."

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So Manchester United are beaten for the first time in 13 matches - their last defeat was against Chelsea in the FA Cup in March. 

It's their first defeat in the league since 23 October - 26 matches ago - also against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. 

'Everything for Thursday'

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More from Jose Mourinho: "It is all on the Europa League. We tried to play for a result today, you can say I made changes, but you cannot say we didn't try to win the game. Everything for Thursday now."

On making eight changes to his starting XI: "I feared some players couldn't play for 90 minutes so I felt I had to make changes.

"We need everybody. We have such a small squad at the moment so it is fantastic for Jones, Smalling and Mata to play minutes."

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'Arsenal weren't better than us'

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm disappointed with the result, not the performance. I liked individual performances and also collective performances.

"We lost because we didn't score and we had great chances to score before them. They had luck with that goal. 

"I can't ask anymore from my players who haven't played a minute for several weeks - Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata were all amazing.

"The team was good, organised, we tried to win, we played to win, we defended well and Arsenal weren't better than us in my opinion."

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"It's all on the Europa League," says Jose Mourinho...

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It's as you were at the top for both Arsenal and Manchester United. 

The Gunners' bid for a 21st consecutive Champions League spot is still out of their hands, but the gap on the top four is narrowing.

Manchester United still have the Europa League as a possible way in. They play Celta Vigo again on Thursday. 

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'We need to win all our remaining matches'

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, speaking to Sky Sports: "I said a few weeks ago we have to win every game, and obviously we didn't do that against Tottenham.

"Let's just build on this win, hopefully we can win all of our other games and then see where that takes us." 

'Hopefully we'll have a good end to the season'

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Arsenal goalscorer Danny Welbeck on Sky Sports: "It's really important to get the win. Taking into account our position in the table we need to be further up there. With this win hopefully we'll have a good end to the season.

"Obviously I grew up in the North West and it's a special place in my life. When I get on that pitch it's just business. When you score you have to be happy - it's only natural."

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Aaron Ramsey is presented with the man of the match award, Danny Welbeck handing it over. I think you get a heavy luminous object with Premier League branding.

Before the goals, it would have been David de Gea. He made two fine stops today - the first to deny Ramsey's low shot early on. 

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RegularJon: Hopefully this is a blessing in disguise. The win that keeps Wenger at Arsenal? 

Ajay Patel: This is probably the match that seals the fate Rooney's playing career at Manchester United.

James Foster: The simple fact of the matter is that Arsenal played better today and deserve to win. Man Utd nowhere near good enough.

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Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on BBC Radio 5 live

I think Arsenal have been OK. I wouldn't come away from this performance with a lot of excitement or think they have turned the corner.

They have come in for some criticism, and rightly so. They are the only team in the top six who have not got more points than they had at the same stage last season. So there is a good case to say they haven't progressed.

Manchester United will be disappointed with the result and performance. But there was only a key five-minute period which has killed this game for them.

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Arsene Wenger beats Jose Mourinho for the first time in a competitive fixture - that's two victories from 17 matches now, with the other win a Community Shield fixture.  

A simple handshake as the pair head down the tunnel. Arsenal deserve their win for that three-minute spell of destruction alone.

FULL-TIME

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Pinball in the Arsenal box now as Scott McTominay fires on goal and Petr Cech collects comfortably. 

Wayne Rooney was just in front of him and might have got a telling touch but the Arsenal keeper read it well.

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Aaron Ramsey's had a good game too. He picks Marcus Rashford's pocket as Arsenal break clear - Alexis Sanchez is in acres down the left wing. 

He cuts inside, but the clever pass inside for Mesut Ozil is just too long. 

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Kieran Gibbs has been impressive today. Here he is launching down the left again. Alexis Sanchez dinks a ball on the edge for Aaron Ramsey, but Wayne Rooney rises to nod clear. 

THREE minutes of time added on.

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Anthony Martial finds space down the left - the first we've seen of him really since way back in the first half. 

Laurent Koscielny is there to block the cross. Nothing doing. 

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Marcus Rashford looks to play a quick free-kick into space but it's too long for the sole Manchester United runner who was on the same wavelength. 

Jose Mourinho applauds the effort, but surely realises the game is up.

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Aaron Ramsey goes down now but it's half fatigue half buying time, seemingly.

The clock is ticking down and there is no sign of a late Manchester United surge.  

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Six of Manchester United's nine shots have come from the boot of Wayne Rooney. Only two of them have been on target (as illustrated by the green arrows in our graphic below).

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Olivier Giroud comes on for goalscorer Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

For Manchester United, Juan Mata's place is taken by Scott McTominay - a 20-year-old midfielder.

Just over five to go. Arsene Wenger does not have long to wait.

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The Gunners are defending in numbers with just a couple left up the pitch for the turnover. And they're defending well. 

Kieran Gibbs tries to buy a free-kick but the referee's not selling. 

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Kieran Gibbs booms a long ball destined for Marcus Rashford away on his head. Rashford gets another bite, steps over the ball with a trick, wins a corner. 

Is there time for Manchester United?

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I tell you who is frustrated. Wayne Rooney. Again he finds that square inch just above the top left corner of Petr Cech's goal with a curled effort from range. Not quite at the top of his game. It's been true for a while.

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Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on BBC Radio 5 live

Nothing is going right for Manchester United now. There is clearly a lot of frustration out there.

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Axel Tuanzebe has stood up well to Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left. The Chilean's been mostly contained.

Under pressure from Danny Welbeck, David de Gea mis-kicks a clearance out of play. Huge Arsenal cheers.

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This has by no means been a vintage Manchester United performance. They were set up to contain and now look a little lost. 

You wouldn't call it a turning point for Arsenal but a defeat today would have been disastrous for their top four hopes. Maybe it will convince a few Gunners fans the cause is not lost. Maybe it'll even convince the players.

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That's Granit Xhaka done. He's up and walking, but off the pitch as he's replaced by Francis Coquelin. Could be a precaution, could be tired legs, could be tactical. But it's like-for-like in defensive midfield.

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Unlucky from Wayne Rooney. He picks it up on the edge of the box and looks to curl one top corner, but it's just arcing away at the last. 

Granit Xhaka is down and getting treatment, he's holding his ankle. 

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Mesut Ozil's low drill across the box has the perfect amount of spin on it, sitting up and begging for Danny Welbeck to drive home first-time, but the Arsenal striker can't quite react in time.

Superb from Ozil. From languid to lethal like only he knows how.

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