Arsenal were victorious over Manchester United thanks to second half strikes from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.
With Liverpool dropping points against Southampton, it was even more important that either Arsenal or Manchester United took advantage. Both sides started the game brightly. Petr Cech and David De Gea made important saves in the first 10 minutes to deny Antony Martial and Aaron Ramsey respectively, keeping the score level.
Arsenal continued to apply the pressure but Man United stood firm. Phil Jones blocked Danny Welbeck’s shot and then De Gea made another brilliant save from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s deflected strike. Rob Holding’s sloppy backpass was pounced on by Wayne Rooney but a fine save from Cech prevented the Man United captain from opening the scoring.
The start to the second half was fairly scrappy from both sides. Arsenal were fortunate in the 54th minute when Granit Xhaka’s long-range effort was deflected in off Ander Herrera. Based on their first half performance, Arsenal deserved the goal.
The Gunners doubled their lead just two minutes later. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a fantastic cross and Danny Welbeck was there to head it in from close range for just his second Premier League goal of the season. Welbeck has now scored in his last three appearances against Man United. He certainly enjoys facing his former side.
With Arsenal two goals to the good, it was up to Man United to turn it around. Rooney had a chance to get his side back into the game but his curling free-kick was well saved by Cech. Rooney was off target with another effort in a frustrating afternoon for Man United.
Arsenal claimed all three points as Arsene Wenger was victorious over Jose Mourinho on the 13th attempt in the Premier League. In doing so, Manchester United’s 25-game unbeaten run came to an end. It’s very unlikely that Arsenal will make it into the top four this season. All they can do is win their remaining fixtures and hope for the best. As for Manchester United, they face Celta Vigo on Thursday as they aim to reach the Europa League final.
Featured Image Credit: ctwino