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Arsenal Score Late Equalizer Against Man United

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In what was heralded as the biggest game of the Premier League season thus far, Arsenal scrambled a late equalizer by William Gallas to tie the match 2-2.

United took the lead near the end of the first half with a goal by Wayne Rooney that was ironically deflected into the net by Gallas. However soon after the second half begun, Cesc Fabregas got the equalizer for Arsenal after being left completely wide open in front of goal to knock the ball into the net past Rio Ferdinand standing on the line.

Manchester United must have thought they had won the game near the end when Cristiano Ronaldo tapped in a goal after an pass from Patrice Evra (after a imaginative pass by Louis Saha). The United fans were ecstatic and soon were singing “Stand up for the champions.”

Just when everyone thought that Man United had wrapped up the 2-1 away win, William Gallas volleyed the ball into the net after a goalmouth scramble. For Arsenal, the 2-2 scoreline was well deserved after a close match between both sides.

Apart from the exciting finale to the match, the game failed to live up to the hype. The first half was largely uneventful except for Gallas almost scoring on a header from a Fabregas free kick and the aforementioned goal by Rooney late in the first half.

The action in the second half picked up considerably as more space opened up for both sides especially in midfield. However, there were far too many speculative shots from the 35 yards territory (Anderson, Fabregas, Rosicky, etc).

For United, Giggs surprisingly had a poor match where his lack of control was completely evident on numerous occasions — which is so unlike him.

Overall, though, while the game lacked a lot of style, the excitement level was there, which leaves the Premier League title race completely wide open.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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