Apr 28, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
1-1
Man UtdManchester United
Walcott (2')
Walcott (33'), Sagna (43'), Oxlade-Chamberlain (81')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Van Persie (44' pen.)
Jones (17'), Rafael (24'), Van Persie (28'), Evans (30'), Valencia (65')

Half-Time Report: Spot-on Robin van Persie levels Arsenal clash

Robin van Persie strikes a blow to Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by netting an equaliser from the penalty spot to draw Manchester United level at the Emirates Stadium.

Robin van Persie struck a blow to Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by netting an equaliser from the penalty spot to draw Manchester United level at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal players give United a 'Guard of Honour' before their game on April 28, 2013© PA Photos

The Gunners, who will move four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur if they win today, broke the deadlock after just three minutes courtesy of Theo Walcott.

Van Persie conceded possession on the halfway line, allowing the hosts to pounce with a fluid counter-attack.

Tomas Rosicky slid the ball through to Walcott, who was marginally offside, but the flag stayed down and the England forward finished well from eight yards.

United came close to levelling on the quarter-hour mark, but Phil Jones headed just wide following a brilliant run-and-cross by Van Persie.

Van Persie was then thwarted by an incredible point-blank save from Wojciech Szczesny, who blocked the Dutchman's close-range header with his face.

However, Van Persie was not to be denied in the final minute of the first half.

Bacary Sagna played a slack back-pass, which Van Persie pounced upon before being hacked down by the French full-back, leaving referee Phil Dowd with no choice but to point to the penalty spot.

Szczesny dived the correct way, but Van Persie's effort was too good.

United have not received a red card in domestic competitions all season, but they will have to improve their discipline in the second half if that run is to continue.

Jones, Van Persie, Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva have all entered Dowd's notebook this afternoon, while Arsenal duo Walcott and Sagna have also been shown yellow cards.

United's Robin Van Persie equalises from the penalty spot against Arsenal on April 28, 2013
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