Arsenal have secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
United entered the game on the back of impressive European form that didn’t necessarily align with a troubled Premier League start that featured a 6-1 annihilation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red Devils’ superb wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig couldn’t appear more incongruous with defeat to Crystal Palace and scraping victory at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Arsenal make strong start
Arsenal, meanwhile, were by no means sunshine and rainbows by comparison and were hoping to avenge their tepid 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City, which saw them loitering on just nine points.
Nevertheless, it was indeed the Gunners who enjoyed a stronger first half and they could count themselves unlucky for having not exploited United‘s slow start on home turf.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang narrowly slid short of a teasing cross, Willian rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort and Bukayo Saka should have done much better with a headed attempt.
Aubameyang breaks the deadlock
It was certainly the sort of performance that would have prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rattle the cage at half-time and the Red Devils did emerge with greater menace after the break.
By the time the first substitutions started rolling in, however, it looked to be in vain with United suffering the fate they so often profit from: the concession of a penalty.
Paul Pogba was penalised for a careless tackle on Hector Bellerin in the area, allowing skipper Aubameyang to finally make Arsenal’s pressure pay by sending David de Gea the wrong way.
United once again put their foot on gas and came close to an equaliser when Donny van de Beek’s deflected effort struck the upright, but Mikel Arteta’s men ultimately held onto their clean sheet.
The victory sees Arsenal end two embarrassing Premier League stats: going five years without a win away to a ‘top six’ side and 14 years without a victory at Old Trafford in the competition.
As for United, they remain without a home league win from four attempts and there are calls for Solskjaer’s head on social media as they languish in fifteenth place with merely seven points.
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