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After Rennes low point, Arsenal recollected with the winning feeling. After the euphoria in Paris, Manchester United tasted for the first time the Premier League defeat during Ole Gunnar Solskjær. This peak season continues to confuse and, as the dust hit, the battle for seats three and four in the top airplane could not have been more exciting. Arsenal had been unhappy in the 3-1 defeat at Rennes on Thursday night – in the first league of the Europa League by 16 – but they found a way to keep their impressive form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage screen, and they were grateful for the goalkeeper Bernd Leno, sometimes but a Granit Xhaka goal – assisted by a rare David de Gea error – and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough to drive them over United in Arsenal are now just one point behind third placed Tottenham and, to paraphrase their supporters in the deadline, they come to their local rivals. The spot in the afternoon was given by the fan who ran on the pitch after Aubameyang's penalty conversion to celebrate with the Arsenal striker. As he ran across the United defender, Chris Smalling, he seemed to shoot him and it was one of those moments when you wondered what was going through the human head and was grateful that nothing more seriously happened. United had come fresh from their Champions League miracle in Paris Saint-Germain and boast a record of nine departures wins…

After Rennes low point, Arsenal recollected with the winning feeling. After the euphoria in Paris, Manchester United tasted for the first time the Premier League defeat during Ole Gunnar Solskjær. This peak season continues to confuse and, as the dust hit, the battle for seats three and four in the top airplane could not have been more exciting.

Arsenal had been unhappy in the 3-1 defeat at Rennes on Thursday night – in the first league of the Europa League by 16 – but they found a way to keep their impressive form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage screen, and they were grateful for the goalkeeper Bernd Leno, sometimes but a Granit Xhaka goal – assisted by a rare David de Gea error – and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough to drive them over United in

Arsenal are now just one point behind third placed Tottenham and, to paraphrase their supporters in the deadline, they come to their local rivals.

The spot in the afternoon was given by the fan who ran on the pitch after Aubameyang’s penalty conversion to celebrate with the Arsenal striker. As he ran across the United defender, Chris Smalling, he seemed to shoot him and it was one of those moments when you wondered what was going through the human head and was grateful that nothing more seriously happened.

United had come fresh from their Champions League miracle in Paris Saint-Germain and boast a record of nine departures wins from nine in all competitions under Solskjaer. But they could not find the track that has driven the caretaker on the verge of a permanent meeting.


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Unai Emery had rolled the dice with his starting Arsenal series, illustrating his preference for football in his home stadium. There were places for Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil in the midfield – the latter in a roaming attacking role – and both Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang up front. The last time Ramsey and Özil had started in the same team was September 29.

Emery wanted to fight fire with fire and he enjoyed an early tonic when Xhaka made his fourth goal for the season. The midfielder looked up, 25 meters from the goal, and decided to try his luck, crushed the ball with the outside of his left start and call surprising force with the technology. That was it, but it did for De Gea. He didn’t see it coming. In fact, he leaned to the left and when the ball started spinning on the other side he could not react.

Solskjær had welcomed back Nemanja Matic from injury while Anthony Martial was adequately fit for use as a 70th minute replacement. The teacher’s starting system was 4-4-2, with Diogo Dalot on the right and Paul Pogba getting on the left. It didn’t work properly, and he soon tweaked to make Pogba a more central role.

United beat the woodwork twice in half and it was the first in the ninth minute that felt like a wasted opportunity. Pogba combined with Luke Shaw and the left back cross was made to measure for Romelu Lukaku. The striker had points twice in each of his previous three games and tried to use the pace that was on the ball. The final was not the cleanest, went down to the ground before raising and beating the cross bar.

The other was from Fred’s low curler from just outside the area in 19 minutes and it kissed the outside of the post. Leno looked to have covered it. It didn’t really fit together for United in the first half, even though they were the more threatening team.



Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka makes his first goal for the match. Photo: John Walton / PA

Marcus Rashford could not create a decisive long-term after a Lukaku cross, while Lukaku seemed to have rounded off Leno after an outbreak outside Nacho Monreal. The goalkeeper knocked out an arm to counteract him. Rashford was also denied an excellent Xhaka challenge.

United pressed hard on the second half start and Arsenal was indebted to Leno for preserving their lead. He was out smart to deal with Matic’s long ball in front of Lukaku before he made another good save to hold out the Unirted striker.

Fred had thrown the ball through Lukaku, whose first touch was a little heavy but he still managed to stretch and loosen his shot. Leno, who was quickly away from his line, rescued his foot. In the first phase of the move, Laurent Koscielny had thrown himself in front of Fred’s shot.

Arsenal’s lineup did not feel configured to defend, but they did, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Koscielny catching their eye. Both central defenders put their bodies on the line.

The home team had begun to flicker around the timepiece, with Aubameyang and Xhaka having views on goals before the penalty changed the game’s beauty. Lacazette had a position on Fred when he got into the area and when the United Midfielder leaned into him, it was in contact. Lacazette felt it in the back, down he and the judge Jon Moss, who had previously mocked the home with a number of decisions, pointed to the place.

Aubameyang had missed her previous penalty against Spurs, who had been winning the game at the last minute, and he went up in the middle here, feeling risky. De Gea, however, had undertaken in the second direction – not for the first time – and the ball found its goal. The recording fan gave a sour note, but at that time, Arsenal knew they had a grip on the points. Lacazette drew wide after a Victor Lindelöf error and United’s misery was complete when Rashford led tamely on Leno.

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