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  Premiership: Arsenal's run ends
Updated 24 October 2004, 19.25

Rooney tackles
Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy ended Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run and gave Manchester United an impressive 2-0 win over the Gunners.

Van Nistelrooy scored the opener after United were awarded a penalty after Sol Campbell challenged Rooney.

Rooney then scored to complete the victory on his 19th birthday.

The win helped United reduce the gap on Premiership leaders Arsenal to eight points, suggesting they could still be a threat to the London side.

Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp offered Arsenal's best chances but both were denied by saves from United keeper Roy Carroll.

Van Nistelrooy's goal silenced his critics following his error in a match against Manchester United last year when he missed a last minute spot-kick at the same fixture 12 months ago.

Magpies triumph

Shearer scores
Shearer scores
Elsewhere in the Premiership Newcastle United beat Manchester City 4-3.

In an exciting match Craig Bellamy's superb flicked volley swung it for the Magpies.

Southampton won a point in a 0-0 draw against Birmingham.

The Saints went into the game missing lots of top players so their move off the bottom of the table and will consider it a worthy point.

Portsmouth have yet to win an away match this term and a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough saw the wait went on.

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