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Summary

  1. Man Utd move up to 4th, Arsenal drop to 8th
  2. Giroud smashes home in injury time
  3. Rooney clips in second on counter-attack
  4. Gibbs deflects Valencia shot into his own net
  5. Keeper Szczesny taken off in second half

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance, Marc Higginson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's a night from the Premier League. Thanks for all of your company today, and don't forget you can follow the return of David Moyes and tonight's boxing on our live pages.

Good night.

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Manchester United's Ashley Young: Brilliant team performance, great feeling to win away at Arsenal. Think the photo says it all...

Manchester United players celebrate Rooney's goal
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Moyes set for debut

Deportivo v Real Sociedad (21:00 GMT)

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela in his side this evening.

He begins his La Liga campaign in just over half an hour and you can follow the action

in our European live text page here.

Sunday action

In the early game on Sunday,

Crystal Palace face Liverpool in a repeat of the game which eventually cost Liverpool the title last year.

Then Hull face Tottenham at 16:00 GMT.

Both of those games will of course be covered here.

It has been great to have the Premier League back. A fine day of action, 15 goals and plenty of talking points.

But what else is coming this weekend?

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Tony, Lincoln: United fortunate to win. Arsenal must get their defence right. Convinced they will make top 4 at the season's end. No good getting shot of Wenger. He will sort it.

Akbar: In the transfer window that Wenger signed Ozil for 42 million he also signed Flamini for free. That in a nutshell shows how shockingly flawed Wenger's transfer and tactical philosophy is.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Arsene Wenger says that he does not expect Wojciech Szczesny to have a bad injury but he does not know about Jack Wilshere's ankle.

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Photogenic: The good news is that you won't need many points to finish in top 4 this season. One strong team & 19 average teams.

Ellis Hickey: Arsenal need a manager who will provide a second plan instead of passing and wishing for the best.

Ade Ojelabi: The WHOLE of @Arsenal should apologize to supporters (forking out money to buy the most expensive tickets) and fans at large

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Louis van Gaal says he very frustrated at having to constantly change his line-up and formation because of the injury list at Old Trafford.

"I did not see the incident..."

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

A classic Arsene Wenger response to Jack Wilshere's clash with Marouane Fellaini.

"Honestly, I didn't see the incident."

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Joe Harries: Hate all this Wenger out nonsense. No one can blame the manager today, the only ones to blame are the players. Poor performance.

Neo Legolas: Saying Wenger Out simply doesn't solve the problem but to think of it that's the only change left now.

Andy Bradley: Why haven't Arsenal picked up quality defensive players now we have money? Questionable decisions costing us dearly recently.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was one-way traffic and we lost the game, we have to take it on the chin. I know we'll be criticised for it but you have to respect the energy levels we put in.

"We paid for the slightest mistake and it's very frustrating to come away with nothing.

"We had the best chances and we could have finished better. At 1-0 we should have been more cautious not to give the second goal away. There was plenty of time to come back and that's where we made the mistake.

"In our job when you don't win, you're very concerned but there are a lot of positives in this team. If we can keep this going with the quality and the energy levels we have, we can bounce back very quickly."

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"It was one-way traffic and we lost the game."

That's the opening line of Arsene Wenger's reaction. He also says he expects criticism.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Luke Shaw
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More from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal:

"Luke Shaw has an ankle problem. It is not the same injury as what he had in advance of the game. We have to wait and see. It is unbelievable the injuries we have had.

"It is the first away victory and the players are very excited but it is just one victory. We have to confirm that with further victories and then we can say we have the spirit and can start looking upstairs and not downstairs."

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Icemandb10: We were poor defensively last season, yet we lost Vermaelen and Sagna in the summer and failed to replace them. Wenger didn't build on last season he weakened the squad, he has not learned from his mistakes over the last decade.

Frustrated Gooner: For those saying that Wenger can't be too blame, we have had the same problems with defensive frailties, lack of leadership and general profligacy for the last 4 seasons. The one constant has been Wenger, who also had a £100m budget to address these flaws last summer. Accidents and flukes happen, but not season after season. Wenger must go.

Graham in London: Not worried at all. The difference between the two is that Arsenal will win games playing like that and United will lose them

Manager reaction

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I think it is a fantastic victory at the right moment. We have a lot of injuries but despite of that we win a difficult away match. Arsenal are a good attacking team. At the end I can laugh but you can imagine if they score one of four or five chances in the first half it is a different game.

"They have had five big chances yes, but we have also had possibilities at the end of the first half. Not so big but we could also score. In the second part of the first half we were coming back. We don't have the confidence in the first half and I said we needed to build up the ball and because of that we got chances. It is no surprise for me that we scored in the second half. I was not pleased with the ball possession of our team but after that we improved and in the second half we did very well."

Arsenal's flat start

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

The haul of 17 points from 12 games is Arsenal's worst ever start in the Premier League.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

In a very entertaining interview, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says the injury worries he has are unbelievable and that Luke Shaw's injury is a new one, not related to the trouble he has had before.

He also seems astounded when he is told that United are into the top four...

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Louis van Gaal is refreshingly honest isn't he? He says he can laugh now but if Arsenal had taken any of their first-half chances it would have been a very different game.

Full reaction to come.

Player reaction

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Wayne Rooney
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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "We rode our luck at times, our goalkeeper was fantastic.

"We felt they were vulnerable on the break and we hit them with two good goals, which was our game plan.

"Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have coped really well. This will give us a lot of belief and confidence, it's come at a good time for us, It's been an indifferent start for us but we hope we can go on a good run now. We want to build a bit of momentum going into the new year and see where we are then."

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Umar: Ermm..stop complaining how good Arsenal were & should've won. Credit to United. Totally bossed game & deserved to win by a mile

Atoyebi Oyelere: Apologies to Mourinho, he seems to be always right. Is there a better description of Wenger than a specialist in failure?

Ajay Patel: All this Wenger out nonsense. It's not his fault that the players all shot straight at De Gea

MOTD Running order

The Match of the Day running order is in. Get the takeaway ordered and settle down for this lot:

1. .Arsenal v Man Utd, 2. Man City v Swansea, 3. Stoke v Burnley, 4. Everton v West Ham, 5. Chelsea v WBA, 6. Newcastle v QPR, 7. Leicester v Sunderland.

Match of the Day, 22:20-23:45, BBC One

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Arsenal, meanwhile, are in eighth place, seven points above the relegation zone but eight points behind Southampton.

Is that good enough?

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Manchester United are back up into fourth place after that win, but are still a mammoth 13 points shy of leaders Chelsea. In fact, they are closer to bottom-placed QPR than Chelsea.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney says that he knew Arsenal were vulnerable on the break and they punished them accordingly. It all went to plan.

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Alex McCord: Can't blame Wenger for this. Team was dominating totally. Injuries forced his hand. Failure.

Harry Pitt: I'd never thought I'd say this, Wenger Out Now! He is done, we needed to win.

Alon Nachshen: Everyone moaning about how poor Arsenal are. I only wish Sunderland were as poor... #Perspective

A long way from home

David Moyes
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Drama at the Emirates, but we are not done for the night. Not by any means.

At 21:00 GMT, David Moyes starts his Spanish adventure when he takes Real Sociedad to fellow strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.

You can follow that on our European football live text, which also has details of Lionel Messi's latest record.

Messi equals the record

Over in Spain Lionel Messi has levelled Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goal scoring record of 251 goals, though the former Athletic Bilbao striker did in in 12 games less.

FULL-TIME

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It's all over! A smash and grab of huge proportions. Kieran Gibbs is on his knees. Gutted.

Wayne Rooney celebrates
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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Michael Carrick makes a great block! We still play on...

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

That spice we were talking about pre-match is back. Calum Chambers lifts Angel Di Maria to the ground as the Argentine makes the most of a challenge, he then immediately hits the deck again and everyone piles in. A few yellow cards are waved.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Still three of the eight added minutes left. Can Arsenal pull this off?

GOAL

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United - Olivier Giroud

What a hit! Arsenal have missed this man, Olivier Giroud marks his comeback with a cracking goal, smashing home from 22 yards. He just put his head down and smashed it into the top corner!

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scores
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Joe, Arsenal fan: Are Arsenal for real? What an inept and shocking performance. Dominate the ball and the game but they just cant score and they certainly don't defend!! Wenger Out.

Richard in Maidstone: completely fed up with Arsenal and Wenger now. Just do the club a favour and go back to France, disgusted by this!!!!

Jamie, Harlow: Tactically brilliant from Wenger. If we won here we'd be in danger of finishing above 4th. God forbid we should show any ambition. Losing this means we'll scrape 4th and he'll get his nice CL bonus again.

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Stewart McDonald: Enough is enough now. Replace Wenger now before we lose any hope of Champions League for next season. Far to stubborn.

Alex Maguire: So when does Wenger get sacked, he has made team of very good players look completely pathetic #WengerOut

Mohamed Gafaar: Same old Arsenal, can't put the chances away then made to pay. No words to describe Arsenal this season. So so poor.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United

Terrible miss! Arsenal are caught out again, Angel Di Maria has the whole half to run into! He's clean through, nobody will catch him, but he fluffs his attempted chip wide. For £60m, you expect a goal there...

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United

A lot of Arsenal fans have their heads in their hands, while Arsene Wenger sulkily looks on. He'll be wondering what has gone wrong for his side today. In charge for large periods, undone by a defensive error and a clinical counter,

EIGHT MINUTES OF INJURY TIME

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United

EIGHT MINUTES added on?! Jonathan Pearce is losing his mind. Where on earth has that come from?

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Aidan Williams: Win even when you don't deserve to, Ferguson a master of it. Touche Van Gaal. Impressive.

The Big Valbowski: Who was it that said he doesn't score important goals? Rooney is without doubt an #englishgreat

Andy Brown: Great counter. Reminded me of the Ronaldo/Rooney/Park days of yesteryear.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester United

Ashley Young - a sub - is subbed. Darren Fletcher sent on to totally kill the game.