Top five stats from United's 2-1 win at Arsenal, featuring Rooney and Sanchez

Louis van Gaal earned his first away win as Manchester United manager as a battling display saw off Arsenal, moving his side up to fourth in the Premier League.

Manchester United moved back into the top four of the Premier League with a 2-1 smash-and-grab raid win Arsenal.

Antonio Valencia's shot was deflected in off Kieran Gibbs to open the scoring, and as the Gunners pressed for an equaliser, Wayne Rooney clipped in a second on the break.

Gunners forward Olivier Giroud marked his return from three months out with a broken ankle by netting a well-struck goal in stoppage-time, but this proved a mere consolation as United traveled home with all three points. 

Here are the top five stats from Saturday's fiery encounter: 

1) Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11), only against Aston Villa (12) has he netted more. The Englishman converted 25% of his shots in this tie, hitting the target from just one of four attempts. 

  TeamGoalsTotal ShotsConversion Rate (%)
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 1 4 25

2) Robin van Persie completed just two passes against his former club, one of which was from kick off in the first half. Meanwhile, he recorded just 13 touches and failed to have a single shot at goal. It was no surprise to see him removed by Louis van Gaal in the second half. 

  TeamTotal PassesTouches
Robin van Persie Man Utd 3 13

3) David de Gea made an impressive eight saves versus Arsenal, compared to just the 1 managed by both Damian Martinez and Wojciech Szczesny. The Spaniard completed 100% of his claims for the ball, as well as 100% of his attempted punches. Frankly, he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet. 

  TeamSavesMins Played
David de Gea Man Utd 8 90
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal 0 59
Damián Martinez Arsenal 1 31

4) Alexis Sanchez created seven chances against the Red Devils, at least 2 more than any other player on the pitch. He also managed four attempts at goal and completed two dribbles; only bettered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

  TeamKey PassesDribbles
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 7 2
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal 6 4
Ángel Di María Man Utd 3 2

5) Arsenal have taken just 17 points from the opening 12 games, their worst start to a season in Premier League history. The club have won just four domestic games since the start of the campaign. 

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