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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 August, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Clockwatch: Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd
All the action as it happened as Arsenal beat Manchester United in the Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium.

All the action as it happened
(All times BST)


90 mins: +3 Arsenal win the community shield, and Reyes the man-of-the-match award, following an entertaining game in which both sides fielded a number of young stars of the future.

90 mins: Howard makes a brave interception as the on-rushing Van Persie tries to connect with a cross from the right.

88 mins: Clichy makes a run down the left but shot is blocked by Silvestre. He has a second attempt after collecting the rebound, but does not trouble Howard.

85 mins: A slip by Cole lets in Christopher Eagles, but the young United player's cross is too close to Lehmann.

83 mins: There is space all over the pitch and Arsenal continue to exploit United's defensive frailties. Neville scarmbles the ball clear under pressure in his penalty area.

79 mins: GOAL Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
United fail to deal with the threat from Cole, who brushes past Neville and Bellion. Cole's cross is turned into his own goal by Mikael Silvestre, with Howard stranded.

77 mins: A mix-up between Neville and Howard almost proves embarrassing but the American keeper manages to recover and prevent the defender scoring a headed own-goal.

75 mins: A fired-up Djemba-Djemba then launches an untidy challenge on Febregas and concedes another free kick.

72 mins: Cole and Djemba-Djemba are booked after an ugly clash following the Cameroon internatinal's foul on Clichy.

70 mins: Smith is bundled over byToure and wins a free kick 35 yards out. Forlan knocks the ball sideways to Scholes, whose shot drifts harmlessly wide.

68 mins: Arsenal substitute Jeremie Aliadiere requires treatment after his knee gives way underneath him. The young French striker is stretchered off and replaced by Gael Clichy.

64 mins: United string a few passes together and patiently probe Arsenal's defence. The move breaks down when Scholes is smothered by three Arsenal defenders on the edge of the box.

63 mins: Van Persie tries his luck with the free-kick but his shot is deflected for a corner. Reyes' cross is easily dealt with by the United defence.

62 mins: The first yelllow card of the match is shown to Phil Neville after he dumps Reyes on the floor.

61 mins: Toure smashes the ball clear from the edge of his poenalty area as United look to create an opening for Bellion.

59 mins: GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United
A scrappy passage of play ends with the ball falling to Reyes in the box and he slams the ball home with his left foot.

56 mins:GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United
Toure's clearance is charged down by Smith, who unleashes an unstoppable volley beyond Lehmann.

55 mins: Van Persie sprints ahead of a laboured O'Shea to head Bergklamp's cross just wide.

52 mins: Substitute Diego Forlan delays on the ball and fails to spot Scholes' excellent run. By the time the striker plays the pass, the opening has gone.

49 mins: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Manchester United
Reyes makes up for his error just seconds later when sprints clear to latch on to Bergkamp's pass and squares the ball to Gilberto Silva who slots the ball into an empty net.

48 mins: Reyes fails to put the finishing touch to an outstanding run, when he dummied his way past the United defence and Howard but hist his shot into the side neting.

46 mins: Arsenal bring on Robin van Persie to replace Henry. United, who have switched Neville to centre back and John O'Shea to right back, kick off the second half.

45 mins: +1 As the game continues to swing from end to end, Henry makes a break and sees his shot saved by Howard. Seconds later Scholes tries his luck at the other end but can not find a way past Lehmann.

44 mins: Lauren overlaps Pennant on the right wing but delivers a cross which evades the Arsenal attack. United launch a counter-attack, but lack incision in the final third.

42 mins: A mazy, pacy run from Reyes almost opens up the United defence, but the Spaniard falls under challenge from Silvestre, who appears lucky not to concede a foul.

41 mins: Lehmann is forced into a smart stop as Neville powers a close-range header goalwards.

40 mins: A diagonal cross into the Arsenal box falls to Smith, but the former Leeds man blazes high and wide.

37 mins: Giggs' direct running is causing the Arsenal defence a few problems. His passs bobbles into the path of Alan Smith, who is denied a shooting chance by a solid tackle from Lauren.

34 mins: Henry works some room before letting fly with a fizzing left foot shot. Howard makes a smart save but the ball falls into the path of Pennant, who can only direct his shot wide with the goal gaping.

33 mins: Arsenal are stopped in their tracks as Djemba-Djemba makes a solid intervention. Bellion takes on Cole down the right and wins a corner. Lehmann safely gathers the cross.

30 mins: Reyes tracks back 30 yards to tackle a rampaging Giggs and Arsenal launch a swift counter-attack. But Silvestre does well to hold off Henry, who pleads for an unlikely penalty.

29 mins: Pennant's looping cross is put out for a corner by Neville, who takes no chance with Reyes lurking.

27 mins: With the United defence stranded, Henry slips a ball into the path of Bergkamp but the Dutchman stands on the ball and spurns the best chance of the game.

25 mins: Reyes is inches away from connecting with Pennant's cross into the area, just failing to make contact under pressure from Neville.

22 mins: Cesc Febregas floats in an inviting cross as the United defence come under more pressure, but Cygan can only watch as the ball drifts over his head.

20 mins: Henry fires in a free-kick from outside the area but Howard makes a comfortable save, tipping the ball over the bar.

18 mins: Quinton Fortune strips Lauren for pace and delivers a dangerous cross into the middle, which is cleared by Cygan's outsretched leg.

15 mins: From the resulting corner, Arsenal break quickly but Pennant's cut back is intercepted by Silvestre.

14 mins: Giggs latches on to a lobbed through ball from Scholes but a combination of Pascal Cygan and Kolo Toure stops the Welshman getting his shot away.

11 mins: Bergkamp strikes a powerful shot from outside the box, but Howard is equal to it and makes a good save down to his left.

9 mins:A neat interchange on the left flank between Reyes and Henry creates some space for Dennis Bergkamp, who snaps a shot off target after collecting the Frenchmnan's clever reverse pass.

6 mins: As the play quickly mvbes to the other end, Jermaine Pennant shows impressive pace to deliver a low cross across the box which Thierry Henry directs goalwards, but with little power.

5 mins: Ryan Giggs earns a free kick on the edge of the box after his shirt is tugged by Lauren. But Jose Antonio Reyes charges down Paul Scholes' shot and the chance comes to nothing.

3 mins: A casual flick from Ashley Cole gifts possession to Alan Smith and the ball eventually works its way to Roy Keane, who fires the first shot of the match high over the bar.

2 mins: Gary Neville concedes a throw-in deep in his own half as Arsenal apply pressure straight from the start.

1500: Arsenal get the match underway as the new season kicks off.

Team news

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will play up front alongside Dennis Bergkamp after being declared fit.

In midfield, 17-year-old Spaniard Francesc Fabregas gets the nod, while new signing Robin van Persie starts on the bench.

Manchester United will also field a unfamiliar side, with Wes Brown unavailable through injury and David Bellion and Eric Djemba-Djemba in the starting line-up.

Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Cygan, Cole, Pennant, Silva, Fabregas Soler, Reyes, Bergkamp, Henry. Subs: Van Persie, Senderos, Clichy, Almunia, Aliadiere, Hoyte, Svard.

Man Utd: Howard, Gary Neville, O'Shea, Silvestre, Fortune, Bellion, Keane, Djemba-Djemba, Giggs, Scholes, Smith. Subs: Phil Neville, Carroll, Forlan, Richardson, Fletcher, Spector, Eagles.




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