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The pressure continues to mount on Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal after his Red Devils collapsed to their fourth successive defeat in all competitions and their third straight in the Premier League as they were handsomely beaten 2-0 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day. Goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic did the damage as Stoke were comfortably the better side on the day and were very much deserving of their win.

Van Gaal looked like he was tempting fate as he named his starting eleven, leaving skipper Wayne Rooney on the bench, replacing the England striker with Ander Herrera, who dropped into the no.10 role behind the striker with Marouane Fellaini continuing to partner Michael Carrick in central midfield. Juan Mata was in his typical free role on the right wing, while Memphis Depay was cutting in from the left. Anthony Martial was tasked with leading the line for United.

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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger ran out of superlatives as he went all out to praise his side after the Gunners crafted a crucial 2-1 win at home against Manchester City to move 4 points clear of their title rivals in the race for the Premier League crown.

Wenger was delighted with his side's team spirit as they put in a tremendous shift without the ball to hang on rather nervously in the end after Yaya Toure's gorgeous goal set up a tight finish.

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Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his side were unlucky to end up on the wrong side of the result in Monday's mega-clash with Arsenal at the Emirates, declaring he felt his team played the better football and didn't deserve to lose the game.

The statistics might match Pellegrini's declaration with Manchester City enjoying 63% of the possession and creating as many as 20 goal scoring opportunities, including 13 in the second half, but they do mask the reality that Arsenal might have actually had the better chances and the Gunners were very much deserving of the three points.

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Arsenal's hope of ending a decade long wait for the Premier League crown received a major boost last night as the Gunners rode on two well taken first half goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud to beat Manchester City 2-1 in a crucial game at the Emirates.

Yaya Toure's excellent late strike set up a nervy finish to the game after Arsenal were guilty of missing a whole host of chances in the second half, but on the balance of play, Arsenal deserved their win, despite seeing only 37% of the ball and conceding as many as 20 shots on goal to the cash rich Manchester giants.

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger was all praise for Manchester City's stand-in skipper Yaya Toure as the influential midfielder attempted to lead his side's fightback against the Gunners with an outstanding goal in the 82nd minute which set up a tight finish.

Arsenal had taken the lead in the first half thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, but missed chances galore in the second half to put the game to bed with Joel Campbell and Aaron Ramsey guilty of some poor finishing. A late strike from Yaya Toure set up a nervy finish, but the Gunners held on to grab three crucial points in the race for the Premier League title.

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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger ran out of superlatives as he went all out to praise his side after the Gunners crafted a crucial 2-1 win at home against Manchester City to move 4 points clear of their title rivals in the race for the Premier League crown.

Wenger was delighted with his side's team spirit as they put in a tremendous shift without the ball to hang on rather nervously in the end after Yaya Toure's gorgeous goal set up a tight finish.

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A clinical first half display from Arsenal wherein they scored twice from the two chances they created helped the Gunners open up a crucial four point cushion over title rivals Manchester City with what was in the end a rather nervy 2-1 win over the Citizens.

Mesut Ozil was the architect for Arsenal once again as his simple pass was curled home beautifully by Theo Walcott to give Arsenal the lead, before the German playmaker picked out Olivier Giroud, who lashed home between Joe Hart's legs in injury time at the end of the first half to make it 2-0 for the Gunners. Arsenal sat back in the second half and played largely on the counter attack, but Joel Campbell missed two gilt edged chances before Hart saved a Ramsey shot inadvertently with his face to deny Arsenal a goal that would have killed the game as a contest.

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