Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2: Danny Welbeck the hero

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2: Valencia and Welbeck keep up the pressure on City

Manchester United kept up the pressure at the top of the Premier League with victory at the Emirates Stadium.

With Manchester City beating Tottenham in a five-goal thriller earlier in the day, Sir Alex Ferguson needed a win to close to within three points.

United were dealt a massive blow when
Phil Jones was carried off on a stretcher with quarter of an hour gone
after injuring his ankle.

But it was the visitors who went ahead in time added on at the end of the first half when Antonio Valencia got his head to Ryan Giggs' cross.

Robin van Persie wasted a golden chance to level shortly after the restart but he made amends with a cool finish with just under 20 minutes left.

United kept at it though and Welbeck's emphatic finish, after good work from Valencia on the right, secured the points.

Full report to follow…

Heads up: Antonio Valencia beats Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to the ball for Manchester United's opener

Heads up: Antonio Valencia beats Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to the ball for Manchester United's opener

MATCH FACTS

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

Subs not used: Almunia, Park, Squillaci, Benayoun, Miquel

Goal: Van Persie 71

Booked: Ramsey, Koscielny

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

Subs not used: De Gea, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio

Goal: Valencia 45+1

Booked: Rafael

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Attendance:

Agony: Phil Jones receives treatment before he is carried off on a stretcher (below)

Agony: Phil Jones receives treatment before he is carried off on a stretcher (below)

Phil Jones

Doubling up: Thomas Vermaelen (left) and Aaron Ramsey try to stop Manchester United's Ryan Giggs

Doubling up: Thomas Vermaelen (left) and Aaron Ramsey try to stop Manchester United's Ryan Giggs

Speedster: Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is tackled by Rafael

Speedster: Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is tackled by Rafael

United front: Sir Alex Ferguson's players celebrate Valencia's goal at the Emirates Stadium

United front: Sir Alex Ferguson's players celebrate Valencia's goal at the Emirates Stadium

Tribute: Robin van Persie had a message for his grandfather after scoring

Tribute: Robin van Persie had a message for his grandfather after scoring