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Hello and welcome to our Manchester United v Arsenal liveblog. The winners will progress to the FA Cup semi-final but if United win, Piers Morgan will have to do a pretty terrible forfeit.

Guess we know who the neutrals will be supporting.

If you are watching BBC tonight you are in for a treat – Roy Keane is on the panel with Alan Shearer.

2/1 that something like this happens.

Source: kristian66/YouTube

Speaking of odds, if you are thinking of having a bet, United are 11/8, Arsenal are 2/1 and the draw is 12/5.

Wenger asked if he misses Fergie:

‘I’m happy to see him now… much more than before.’

The teams are out on the pitch now.

1Mins

We are off at Old Trafford!

3Mins

Alexis Sanchez cuts inside from the left and his shot is blocked well by Chris Smalling and cleared.

4Mins

Ashley Young gets cynically taken down 30 yards out on the left by Bellerin, who gets booked. Free kick in a good position for the home side.

5Mins

Rooney’s cross is headed clear and Arsenal look to break.

6Mins

Corner for United after a run by Smalling.

7Mins

Rooney gets a touch to Di Maria’s corner but the ball loops past everyone and Fellaini plays the ball back into midfield.

10Mins

Arsenal have defended United’s crosses well so far and Sanchez has just won a corner for the visitors.

11Mins

Nothing comes from the Arsenal corner and United look to launch an attack.

12Mins

Mark Lawrenson criticising Ozil already.

13Mins

Young gets fouled again high on the left. Bright start from the winger.

13Mins

Szczesny gets a good punch to the ball and then Herrera gives it away trying to find Valencia on the right.

13Mins

Fellaini gets the ball in space in the box but his attempt to turn goes badly wrong and Mertesacker clears. The Belgian should have done better there.

16Mins

Rooney gets caught in possession on halfway and Cazorla breaks menacingly but his pass to Welbeck is too strong and DeGea gathers.

19Mins

Bellarin goes on a run down the right wing and his cross is deflected over. However, the referee misses Blind’s touch and a goal kick is given.

19Mins

Fellaini takes a ball down on his chest beautifully and tees up Young ten yards out but the winger slides for it and fires wide. Good chance.

20Mins

Welbeck slides the ball into Oxlade-Chamberlain in space on the right wing but his cross is poor and misses everyone.

21Mins

The Ox makes up for his earlier cross with a lovely run down the right that’s ended after a Rojo foul. Arsenal have a free kick on the edge of the area.

22Mins

Ozil’s free kick is headed clear.

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GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal (Monreal)

The Ox buys a yard of space on the edge of the box with some excellent footwork and finds Monreal in space on the left. The fullback takes a touch and fires emphatically past DeGea to put the visitors in front.

26Mins

After a wayward cross, Oxlade-Chamberlain has come into the game in a big way. He did very well to set up that goal.

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GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (Rooney)

That didn’t take long! A Di Maria cross is guided past Szczesny by Wayne Rooney. A pinpoint assist by the Argentine winger.

31Mins

Welbeck gets a bit of room in the box but his header isn’t strong enough to beat de Gea.

34Mins

Di Maria sells Valencia very short on the right wing and Monreal is able to nip in and clear.

37Mins

Fellaini gets his head to a corner but can’t keep his effort down.

40Mins

The ball is sticking to Fellaini regularly in the box but the Belgian’s touch hasn’t always been the sharpest.

41Mins

Di Maria almost has a chance to get his shot away on the right wing but his first touch is poor and Monreal clears.

42Mins

Szczesny gets down well to save a low shot from Di Maria, who stabbed the ball towards the net from a tight angle on the right.

44Mins

Cazorla hits from a free from 30 yards out but de Gea saves comfortably.

45Mins

Sanchez drives at the United defence and almost links up with Ozil but the German can’t get the ball under control on the edge of the box.

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Half Time: Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal

Monreal fired Arsenal in front but a powerful Wayne Rooney header levelled the match moments later. Overall, it has been a very enjoyable game with a lot of chances at both ends. Hopefully we get more of the same in the second half.

45Mins

Turns out that it’s Danny Murphy on commentary tonight. Am I the only one who thought it sounded like Mark Lawrenson?

45Mins

We are back at Old Trafford!

46Mins

Apologies there, it is Shaw who went off, not Rojo.

49Mins

Rojo smashed into Oxlade-Chamberlain there and came away with the ball but his cross was too long. The Ox is down at the moment and may have to come off.

51Mins

Fellaini plays in Di Maria outside the box but once again Monreal dispossess him. Besides his assist the Argentine has been poor tonight.

52Mins

A Sanchez shot from the edge of the box takes a deflection but de Gea still claims it cleanly.

57Mins

Not a lot has happened in the last few minutes as both sides struggle to create around the box.

60Mins

Di Maria steals a yard on Monreal for once but drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

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GOAL! Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal (Welbeck)

Shocking mistake from Valencia as his weak back-pass is intercepted by Welbeck, who rounds de Gea and taps in. The striker didn’t mind celebrating against his old club either.

63Mins

You really need to see Valencia’s back-pass to appreciate how poor it was…

64Mins

Bellarin hauls down Young on the edge of the box and United have a free on the left wing.

65Mins

Di Maria flicks a Rooney corner into the six-yard box and an unmarked Smalling wellies it high and wide. Very poor by the defender.

66Mins

SUB: Callum Chambers is on for Bellarin, who was on a booking.

71Mins

Valencia fouls Sanchez and Arsenal have a free kick just outside the box on the left.

72Mins

Sanchez’s dead-ball bounces right in front of de Gea but the Spaniard still manages to smother it.

74Mins

SUB: Welbeck is off and Giroud is on.

74Mins

A chipped cross by Sanchez is met on the volley by Cazorla ten yards out but de Gea does excellently to keep it out. That could have been game over.

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RED CARD! Di Maria gets his second booking and is sent off as United trail 2-1. After getting a yellow for a bad tackle, the Argentine grabs referee Michael Oliver and gets another card.

77Mins

Disaster for Man United. Is there any way back for them?

80Mins

Chambers handles on the edge of the area and Man United have a free kick.

80Mins

Rooney’s free is too high and doesn’t trouble the Arsenal goal

81Mins

Here is the incident that saw Di Maria sent off.
https://vine.co/v/OE2n9qLBKOJ

85Mins

United have five minutes to save their FA Cup campaign. Hard to remember a chance they’ve had in this half though.

87Mins

Januzaj looks to get clipped in the box but Michael Oliver books the Belgian for diving. Looks to be a good decision on replay.

90Mins

Sanchez almost seals it after getting played in by Cazorla but de Gea rushes out and clears. Five minutes added on here.

90Mins

Arsenal look composed at the moment. Giroud wins a free on halfway.

90Mins

A Carrick header almost lands at the feet of Smalling but Mertesacker clears before the defender can get a touch on the ball.

90Mins

Ozil tees up Sanchez for an easy third but the Chilean takes a bit too much out of it and the ball clips the post and goes wide.

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FT Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal

A deserved win for Arsenal as Danny Welbeck’s second half goal puts Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-final. The visitors took the lead after Monreal fired home following good play by Oxlade-Chamberlain but Wayne Rooney headed home an equaliser moments later.

Welbeck pounced on an errant back-pass from Antonio Valencia to score the winner for his side.

That is all for our liveblog tonight. Be sure to check the site in the next few minutes for more reaction to Arsenal’s win.

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