Arsenal’s 12-match winning run at home in the Premier League ended on Saturday evening, as Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat by second-place Manchester United.
The Red Devils took the lead with the first real attempt on goal on four minutes. Antonio Valencia played a one-two with Paul Pogba before the Ecuadorian fired a low effort past Petr Cech.
Alexis Sanchez fired a free-kick straight at the United wall on nine minutes from 25 yards before United doubled their lead two minutes later.
Jesse Lingard dispossessed Shkodran Mustafi. Romelu Lukaku then found Anthony Martial, who flicks the ball to Lingard and the winger steered the ball past Cech.
At the other end of the pitch, David de Gea needed to produce a low save with his leg after Alexandre Lacazette stretched to fire an effort on goal.
On 23 minutes, Lacazette attempted to guide Aaron Ramsey’s attempted volley on goal, but could only put the ball over De Gea’s bar. The effort would not have counted anyway, as the French striker was ruled to be offside.
On the half-hour mark, Ashley Young cleared a Mesut Ozil free-kick off his goal line to preserve the Red Devils two-goal advantage.
The Gunners continued to press looking for a way back into the game. On 32 minutes, Lacazette came close to finding the net. The French striker found himself in acres of space before seeing his attempt saved by De Gea before hitting the bar. Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka curled an effort just wide from ten yards out with the rebound.
Ozil was the next to try his luck from just outside the area. However, the German’s well-struck effort was straight at De Gea.
Ramsey looked set to smash the Gunners back into the game on 42 minutes, but Nemanja Matic produced a superb saving tackle to prevent the midfielder from hitting the target. The Serbian also produced a vital block to keep out an Ozil strike.
With just a minute left in the first half, De Gea made a double save first from a 20-yard effort from Hector Bellerin before keeping out a long-range effort from Sead Kolasinac.
The United goalkeeper was in action again in first-half stoppage-time. A cross was launched into the United box that hit Lukaku and looked to be heading in before the Spaniard produced a fine save on his line.
Arsenal got back into the game with the first real chance of the second half on 49 minutes. Sanchez lofted a ball over the top of the United defence to Ramsey who cushioned the ball to Lacazette who lashed the ball past De Gea.
The visitors come close to extending their lead on 52 minutes, Cech saved Lingard’s effort only for the ball to hit the post and bounce clear of goal. At the other end, De Gea is called into action yet again, this time producing a good save to deny Alex Iwobi.
The Spaniard then produced a low save from Lacazette, with Sanchez close to getting onto the rebound.
The Red Devils extended their lead on 63 minutes. Lingard led the counter-attack, before finding Paul Pogba who took on two Arsenal defenders to get into the area and returning the ball to Lingard for a simple tap-in at the far post.
De Gea produced yet enough save on 65 minutes, as the Spaniard got down low to keep out Sanchez’s long-range effort.
Paul Pogba was dismissed on 74 minutes for a terrible tackle on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin that left the Spaniard needing treatment.
Arsenal dominated possession after the sending-off. However, they struggled to break down the visitors. On 83 minutes, De Gea had to be alive to tip over a Danny Welbeck effort on goal. The former United striker also headed well over the bar from inside the area.
On 86 minutes, Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny brought Lukaku down 40 yards from goal. The French star received a booking, but United boss Jose Mourinho protested that he was the last man and should have been dismissed.
With two minutes left, Arsenal saw a penalty appeal turned down, as Mateo Darmian looked to have fouled Danny Welbeck in the area. In stoppage-time, Ramsey fired a half-volley over from eight yards out.
The effort was the last of a disappointing encounter for the Gunners, who are now fifth-place in the Premier League table after Liverpool’s win earlier today.
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