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Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Arsenal and Manchester United clashed in a Premier League match on Sunday evening.


Arsenal kicked off at the Emirates knowing they needed a win to put some distance between themselves and Manchester City.

As for Manchester United, they needed three points to keep pace with the top-four and potentially even mount a title charge in the second half of the campaign.

When all was said and done at the Emirates, Arsenal came away with the three points.

Arsenal started on the front foot, having two chances inside two minutes. But it was Manchester United who opened the scoring.

Marcus Rashford intercepted a poor ball from Thomas Partey before then meging the midfielder and smashing a long-range effort past Ramsdale.

United’s lead did not last long, though, as Granit Xhaka’s cross fell to the head of Eddie Nketiah was headed past David de Gea.

Neither side created much more in terms of big chances in the first half, meaning they went in level at the break.

Arsenal came close to a second early in the second half when Odegaard slipped in Xhaka but Martinez made a great sliding tackle to prevent a likely goal.

The Gunners got their second goal less than a minute after that chance. Saka cut inside and bent a lovely ball past Eriksen and De Gea to make it 2-1.

However, United hit back just minutes later. Arsenal failed to clear the ball from a corner and Martinez headed in the loose ball.

Odegaard came close to putting Arsenal back in front after 65 minutes but his effort went out for a corner.

Nketiah then had a great chance to win in late on when he picked up the ball unmarked in the box but De Gea made a good save.

The striker had a chance to redeem himself 89 minutes in and did exactly that. A Zinchenko cross was deflected to Nketiah by Odegaard who tapped in the winner.

Player ratings

Arsenal

  • GK: Aaron Ramsdale (5)
  • RB: Ben White (6)
  • CB: William Saliba (6)
  • CB: Gabriel (6)
  • LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko (7)
  • CDM: Thomas Partey (7)
  • CDM: Granit Xhaka (7)
  • CAM: Martin Odegaard (7)
  • RW: Bukayo Saka (7.5)
  • ST: Eddie Nketiah (8)
  • LW: Gabriel Martinelli (6)

Substitutes

  • Takehiro Tomiyasu (6)
  • Leandro Trossard (N/A)
  • Rob Holding (N/A)

Manchester United

  • GK: David de Gea (6)
  • RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5.5)
  • CB: Raphael Varane (6)
  • CB: Lisandro Martinez (7)
  • LB: Luke Shaw (6)
  • CDM: Scott McTominay (6)
  • CDM: Christian Eriksen (4.5)
  • CAM: Bruno Fernandes (6)
  • RW: Antony (5.5)
  • ST: Wout Weghorst (6)
  • LW: Marcus Rashford (7)

Substitutes

  • Fred (5)
  • Alejandro Garnacho (N/A)

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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