Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal FC

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Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal FC

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger received criticism for his substitution of Russian Captain Andrey Arshavin for 18 year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain just after Robin van Persie scored Arsenal's opening goal with his aid.

The defeat puts Arsenal five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

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‘It leaves us in a very difficult position,’ said Wenger, ‘It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose.’

"I can understand that the fans are upset about the substitution, especially when it doesn't work, but he had started to fatigue,' Wenger said.

'He was sick in the week. Arshavin is captain of the Russia national team.

'You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who's captain of his country and they are querying the substitution? Let's be serious.

'I've been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 subs. I do not have to justify every decision I make. I stand up for it.'

Arsenal Squad

Szczesny, Djourou (Yennaris 46), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey (Park 83), Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arshavin 74)

Goal: Van Persie 71

Man Utd Squad

Lindegaard, Jones (Rafael 17, Park 76), Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani (Scholes 75), Rooney, Welbeck.

Goals: Valencia 45+1, Welbeck 81

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