The Premier League champions recorded a 1-0 win over the current league leaders; but who were the standout players?
Here are the player ratings for the clash.
David De Gea – 7/10
Not overly worked by Arsenal, the Spanish goalkeeper commanded his box well.
Chris Smalling – 8/10
Got up and down the touchline well and was very solid at the back.
Patrice Evra – 7/10
Played his part in a stout United rearguard, Evra was wasteful at times going forward but talismanic at the back.
Jonny Evans – 7/10
An impressive performance, Evans did everything asked of him and made some timely interceptions.
Nemanja Vidic – 7/10
Olivier Giroud found the going tough against the no-nonsense Serb before he was withdrawn at half-time.
Michael Carrick – 7/10
The deep-lying playmaker tried to be as assertive as possible and played his part in breaking up Arsenal possession.
Phil Jones – 8/10
Showed leadership and determination in bounds, Jones is a natural born captain and put in a strong performance both in midfield and defence.
Antonio Valencia – 6/10
Still lacking a quality final ball, Valencia’s performance was full of energy without creating anything telling.
Shinji Kagawa – 7/10
Seems to link up well with Rooney, and put in an industrious display before being subbed.
Wayne Rooney – 8/10
Showed his technical ability in the first half and his sheer desire in the second half. Man of the match.
Robin van Persie – 7/10
Got the all-important goal, but was also important in holding the ball up and linking in with fellow attackers.
Tom Cleverley – 6/10
Started slowly after coming on, but got to grips with the pace of the game soon after.
Played his role in seeing out victory in his 50th game against Arsenal.
Chased and harried the Arsenal defence when he came on, but not given adequate time to really impress.
Wojciech Szczesny – 7/10
Couldn’t do anything about the United goal, but looked solid from United set pieces.
Bacary Sagna – 8/10
Made a number of good interceptions in his own half, and was arguably the most dangerous attacking player with a host of superb crosses.
Kieran Gibbs – 6/10
Battled with Valencia and restricted the Ecuadorean to a bit part. Not especially effective going forward though.
Thomas Vermaelen – 6/10
Stepped in for the ill Per Mertesacker and was solid without ever really commanding the affair.
Laurent Koscielny – 6/10
Missed his usual partner Mertesacker, and struggled to get to grips with Van Persie and Rooney.
Mikel Arteta – 6/10
Caught in possession on occasion, the Spaniard’s usual influence on possession was absent here.
Mathieu Flamini – 6/10
Tried his best to put a foot in and inspire his side to get the upper hand in midfield, but was withdrawn before one rash challenge too many saw him dismissed.
Aaron Ramsey – 5/10
A major disappointment for Arsenal, the Wales international did not showcase the superb form that he has been in this season. Looked more comfortable in the centre rather than out right, but had a quiet afternoon.
Santi Cazorla – 5/10
Another to not live up to his considerable abilities, his usual assurance in possession was not there.
Mesut Ozil – 6/10
Looked like the most likely of Arsenal’s attacking weaponry to make something happen, but was guilty of misplacing passes also.
Olivier Giroud – 6/10
Did his utmost to get a stranglehold on the game, but was largely isolated and ineffective as a result.
Jack Wilshere – 7/10
Brought a bit of energy to a sluggish Arsenal midfield, and looked to break forward as much as possible.
Nicklas Bendtner – 5/10
Offered very little after being introduced in the second half.
Relatively lively but only had limited time to get into the game.
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