EPL Updates: Arsenal 1-0 Spurs, Liverpool 1-0 United

90 mins + 5
FT. Arsenal 1-0 Spurs. Great win for Arsenal. They kept it together right till the end. Spurs spent 100 million over the summer but Arsenal get the win. Guess Wenger does know best!

90 mins + 2
Arsenal have six men at the back. Two right backs and two left backs.

90 mins
5 minutes in stoppage time. Spurs will go at it till the end. Can Arsenal get another goal on the counter?

89 mins
Desperate times for Spurs. Wenger telling Flamini to be conservative and not go all out on attack.

79 mins
And now Arsenal come close. So close. Rosicky went off for Arsenal and was replaced by Monreal, who had a chance to tap the ball into the empty net but failed to get a touch. Good save by Lloris before that.

76 mins
Scrambling Arsenal stay ahead. The freekick from the Capoue foul almost gave Spurs the equaliser. Arsenal failed to clear properly but the goalkeeper was upto the challenge.

74 mins
Capoue going off, Cazolrla fell on his ankle. Two changes for Spurs too. Lamela and Sandro on for Capoue and Townsend.

69 mins
Lloris to the rescue again. He came off the line perfectly to foil Walcott's charge. But Spurs need to keep going forward, they need the goal.

68 mins
Dembele off, DeFoe on. 15 goals last season for the striker and he certainly will give the Spurs more attacking options. But someone come up with the delivery?

63 mins
Great counter-attack by Arsenal. Cazorla the orchestrator and Giroud almost got himself his second goal of the match. Lloris was alert and came up with a stunning save to his left.

59 mins
Up and down the field but few real chances. Both sides are defending well. But the midfielders aren't helping Tottenham's cause. Ramsey is getting into the mix of things for Arsenal.

46 mins
And we are back on.

45 mins
HT. Arsenal 1-0 Spurs. Giroud got the goal in the 23rd minute. Townsend has been the most impressive player for Spurs, who have been let down by their midfield.

43 mins
Wilshere off and Flamini on. Seems like he took a knock. Flamini is back after a 5-year absence but Arsenal will miss Wilshere's creative presence.

32 mins
Great Save. Walcott was flying and cut inside Rose, but Lloris was out quickly to make perfect sliding tackle. He got the ball. Rosicky got a yellow card soon after.

26 mins
Arsenal lifted by that goal. Walcott took a shot at goal. Arsenal's midfield pulling the strings. Wilshere looking good. For Spurs, Dembele needs to get into the game.

23 mins
Giroud gets the goal to put Arsenal ahead against Spurs. The fourth goal of the season for the Frenchman. 'Spurs spend the money, Arsenal get the goals,' says the commentator.

20 mins
Arsenal struggling to get going today. They are being pressured by the Spurs players. They need some possession to get a feel of the ball and the play.

12 mins
Good, aggressive play by the Tottenham. Now, down the right flank, Walker's cross to Soldado was dangerous but the defence did it's job.

10 mins
Spurs doing all the attacking at the moment. Chadli making himself very busy downn the left flank, alongwith Rose.

8 mins
A few chances for both teams but nothing too alarming for either of them. Still early days. Both teams are settling in.

4 mins
The last two matches on this ground have both finished 5-2 in favour of Arsenal. Hope we can have a game that lives up to those matches. More stats: Arsenal v Spurs: 124 goals in Premier League meetings - more than any other fixture.

2030 IST

And we are a go. Spurs have splashed the money around this year, Arsenal have done precious little. The North London derby is on and there are no prisoners taken in this one.

2010 IST

Wenger will hope for a win. AFP

Wenger will hope for a win. AFP

Spurs vs Arsenal coming up next. Spurs are the only other team that can match Liverpool's perfect start. Arsenal are struggling with injuries and they need the win.


Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Wilshere, Ramsey; Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla; Giroud.
Subs: Sagna, Monreal, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Gnabry, Zelalem.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Paulinho; Townsend, Dembele, Chadli; Soldado.
Subs: Lamela, Holtby, Naughton, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Friedel, Sandro.

95 mins
And that's the win for Liverpool. Sturridge goal in the fourth minute helps them beat Man United 1-0. They got the early goal but it was stellar defence that did the trick thereafter. The Kop can't stop showing their admiration for the perfect start -- 3 matches, 3 wins, 3 clean sheets.

Other match: WBA 0-2 Swansea.

92 mins
Sterling goes to ground, earns a free kick. And more importantly, some time.

90 mins
And we have five minutes of injury time. That's a lot of time to find the equaliser for United.

87 mins
Through pass from Hernandez almost put RVP through. The striker didn't hit the target though. Lively.

86 mins
In the Ferguson days, now is about the time when United would get the equaliser. So far, Liverpool has kept them at bay but the game is being played in the home team's half now.

83 mins
Another substitution. Coutinho going off for Luis Alberto. Liverpool are on the backfoot here. United are attacking with a lot of vigous but still no clean chances.

78 mins
Glen Johnson limps off the field. He had a splendid game for Liverpool. Made things happen on the defensive and attacking fronts. Andre Wisdom takes his place on the pitch.

77 mins
That was flying. Nani slams the ball goalwards from 25 yards, and Mignolet dives to his left to push it away.

72 mins
Hernandez coming on for United. Giggs makes way for the youngster. It should have been done much earlier.

67 mins
Posession for the match so far: LFC 44%, MUFC 56%. United are closing much after and giving Liverpool less time on the ball; less time to plan.

64 mins
Liverpool are sitting back now. And that is never a good idea against United. They are looking to counter-attack but United are now dominating possession. Gerrard needs to do more.

59 mins
Aspas off. Sterling on. Sterling likely to play out wide. Sturridge upfront with Coutinho just behind him.

58 mins
Last 10 mins have been all United. Welbeck even put in a dive in the Liverpool D. But the ref saw through it as did all the Liverpool players. Still Liverpool can't afford to sit still now.

50 mins
Sustained pressure from United. Two corners and a good shot by Young, which was blocked by the Liverpool defence. Best spell of the game for United.

47 mins
Nothing radically different from the first half so far. Rough tackle from Carrick, who is already on a yellow. Liverpool still looking more lively.

46 mins
Second half begins. Wonder if Moyes gave his troops the hair dryer treatment too.

45 + 2 mins
And RVP makes his presence felt. He catches Skrtel in the chest and then everyone got involved, the KOP, Gerrard. That's raised the temperature for sure. Half-time. Liverpool 1-0 Man United. Sturridge is the difference.

45 mins
Two minutes injury time. United and Moyes will be glad for the break. RVP has pretty much been missing.

40 mins
More yellow. Carrick manhandles Aspas and then walks away. It was an easy yellow card. Almost half-time. Liverpool need to make more of this phase though -- their attacks have died down a bit. United are slowly but surely coming back into the game.

39 mins
Another yellow. This time RVP gets in the Ref's book for a bad challenge on Agger. United players getting a little frustrated now. The game has been all Liverpool so far.

37 mins
Substitution: Valencia in for Jones. Jones landed rather badly and may have twisted his ankle.

34 mins
First card of the game, a yellow to Tom Cleverly. Late tackle on Coutinho, who has looked dangerous. Aspas is angry, gestured for a yellow card to be given and also received a booking.

29 mins
United are giving the ball away too easily at the moment. That is allowing Liverpool to dictate terms.

26 mins
Free KICK! Gerrard takes it but De Gea was up to the challenge. Straight at him and lacked bite.

25 mins
Liverpool's passes have been sharp and incisive. But Cleverly and Carrick have struggled for Man United so far. They need to start pulling the strings much more.

Other match: 22' GOAL! WBA 0 Swans 1 (Ben Davies).

18 mins
Sturridge's pace has United on the run. He took the ball from Ferdinand and it needed a good tackle from Vidic to avert the danger. End to end stuff at the moment.

15 mins
Chance for Welbeck but tough defence from Liverpool keeps them ahead.

13 mins
Liverpool have 5 attempts on goal already. United have just two. Sturridge just can't smiling. He gets fouled, he gets up smiling. Probably because of his record at Liverpool. Since he was signed from Chelsea, he has scored 16 goals in 21 starts.

9 mins
Man United trying to work their way back into the game after the early goal. RVP, Welbeck starting to get into the game more now. But Liverpool aren't sitting on their laurels either.

3 mins
GOAL!!! Liverpool take an early lead through Daniel Sturridge. They hounded Young to get the corner early and then converted. Fifth goal of this years campaign for Sturridge. He has been in superb form. Chelsea might just want him back now.

Agger headed it towards the goal and Sturridge, five yards out, applied the finishing tough. Just listen to the crowd at Anfield!

Sturridge is 4th Liverpool player to score a PL goal on his birthday, after Peter Crouch, Robbie Fowler, David Burrows.

1758 IST
David Moyes has never enjoyed a Premier League victory at Anfield, losing five and drawing six. Of course, this is a different team that he's coming here with this time round. Time for the game now.

1756 IST
Ryan Giggs will play his 38th PL match against Liverpool (W20-D7-L10). That's playing an entire Premier League season v Liverpool. via @InfostradaLive

1755 IST

1751 IST
Brendan Rodgers: "It's (Rooney's absence) certainly a boost. Someone of that quality not in their team can make a big difference."

1744 IST
There will be a minute's silence before the game to mark the 100th birth anniversary of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, which is tomorrow.

1735 IST
David Moyes: "He (Rooney) got a cut down the middle of his forehead. Completely accidental, but it's quite a bad cut. It'll probably keep him out for a few weeks. He would have started today if he'd been fit, so we've had to alter it a little bit but not too much."

1732 IST
Rooney's not the only big name missing from the XI. Shinji Kagawa is not to be seen either. Dortmund want him back. But Kagawa's manager has said that he is not going anywhere.

Man Utd's most creative and attack-minded midfielder has not featured in the Premiership this season, has been on the bench for the last two games and now left out entirely.

1731 IST

1720 IST
This is the big match for many even though it's probably ramped down a bit in recent years. And the big news to begin with is that Wayne Rooney has been ruled out as a result of the head he gashed in training yesterday.

The Manchester United striker was not on the team bus for his side's Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield today.

Van Persie will need to be at his very best today. Getty

Van Persie will need to be at his very best today. Getty

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enriqué, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Aspas, Coutinho, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Alberto, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly, Flanagan, Wisdom.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Giggs, Welbeck, van Persie. Subs: Anderson, Smalling, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Valencia, Buttner.

Skrtel replaces Kolo Touré for Liverpool. Giggs and Young replacing Rooney and Valencia for United.

Updated Date: Sep 01, 2013 22:26 PM

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