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Arsenal record crucial win over Manchester United

Posted on May 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes alive of a top-four finish this season.

United had the first chance on goal on three minutes, as Wayne Rooney headed over the bar from a Juan Mata cross. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech was called into action on five minutes, parrying an Anthony Martial shot wide of goal.

Arsenal had their first real sight of goal on ten minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Aaron Ramsey in the box with a superb through ball, but the Welshman’s effort was saved low superbly by David De Gea.

The next real threat did not arrive until 24 minutes, as Rooney headed over the bar from inside the penalty area.  Soon afterwards Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck saw an effort inside the area blocked well by United centre-back Phil Jones.

Arsenal started to look more threatening, as Mesut Ozil looped a cross across the face of the goal, but nobody was there to cover the centre. On the half hour mark Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also drew a good save out of De Gea.

The visitors were nearly handed a gift on 33 minutes. Young Arsenal defender Rob Holding attempted to play a ball to Laurent Koscielny near his box, only for Rooney to latch onto the ball and see his low effort saved well by Petr Cech.

A quiet start to the second half was lit up on 54 minutes, as the Gunners took the lead. Granit Xhaka hit a long-range effort that took a massive deflection off Ander Herrera and looped over De Gea in the United goal.

It did not take long for the home side to double their lead. In fact took just three minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in a superb cross and former United striker Welbeck headed past De Gea with a bullet head from ten yards out.

United attempted to hit back on 65 minutes, as Cech produced a good save from a Wayne Rooney free-kick. Xhaka volleyed just wide of goal from long-range on 68 minutes. The next goal threat also came from Rooney, as he curled an effort wide of Cech’s near post from the edge of the area.

Arsenal were quite to keep possession, but Rooney attempted another effort from 20 yards out that went high and wide of goal. The home side sat back slightly looking happy with their two-goal lead. United offered the occasional threat on goal and young substitute Scott McTominay saw a long-range effort hit Rooney and bounce into Cech’s hands.

In the end, though, it was a comfortable victory and means the Gunners are now two points behind United and six points behind fourth-place Manchester City, with a game in hand on the Citizens in the race for the Champions League spots.

Who was Arsenal’s man of the match against Manchester United?

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