Arsenal v Manchester United live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Arsenal v Manchester United – the action from the Emirates Stadium as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium to conclude the weekend's action. The Red Devils will be aiming to keep pace with league leaders Manchester City while the Gunners will be keen to close the gap to Chelsea for a Champions League spot. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Arsenal v Manchester United (4pm)

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Subs: Almunia, Park, Squillaci, Arshavin, Benayoun, Miquel, Yennaris.

Man United: Lindegaard, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.
Subs: De Gea, Berbatov, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Scholes.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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15.50: Some pre-match reading for you from Rob Draper, who questions Arsenal's playing philosophy ahead of this game.

15.45: Big incentive for both teams then. United know they have to win here to keep Manchester City in their sights at just three points behind.

Meanwhile Arsenal will hope to capitalise on Chelsea's draw yesterday by closing to two points on the fourth placed Blues.

15.40: Phil Jones and Chris Smalling return, but there was no place for Rio Ferdinand in Manchester United's starting line-up as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to keep pace with Manchester City by beating bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Ferdinand fails to overcame a niggling back injury and is left out of United's squad while Ryan Giggs comes in for Paul Scholes in midfield and defender Rafael drops to the bench.

Thierry Henry fails a fitness test and was left out of Arsenal's squad, but Thomas Vermaelen plays for the first time since New Year's Eve and there is a first Barclays Premier League start for teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

15.35: And how can this follow what we have just seen at the Etihad Stadium.

Another 10-goal thriller, you say I'm not ruling out anything after what I have seen this weekend.

15.30: The teams are in…

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