Two defensive howlers in the first ten minutes cost Arsenal the game despite an utter dominant display as Manchester United came away victorious 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday.
Arsenal started with Lacazette despite of the news that he will miss the game. Iwobi started from the bench while the defensive trio of Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal was back.
United fielded Lukaku while Matic and Pogba were fit to start.
A defensive error from Koscielny led to United’s first goal when Antonio Valencia beat Cech. Minutes later Shkodran Mustafi’s error led Jesse Lingard through and he also pounced to double the visitors advantage. Arsenal though came back hard and dominated the rest of the half, they couldn’t halve the deficit due to De Gea’s heroics. Lacazette and Xhaka came close but it was a two goal advantage for Mourinho’s men at the break.
Arsenal piled the pressure at the second half and got the goal through Lacazette to decrease the deficit. Shortly after De Gea made two brilliant saves, first from Lacazette and then the follow up from Sanchez was also brilliantly kept out by the Spanish custodian. Gunners were by far the better side as United players were sitting defensively, but the Red Devils regained a two goal advantage when Pogba muscled through Arsenal defense and set up a tap in for Lingard. Wenger went all out attack but the United defense was rigid and Arsenal couldn’t make any inroads. Pogba was sent off as well for a horrific challenge on Bellerin, but it was too late for Arsenal to salvage something as they suffer their first home defeat of the season.
Starting Line Up:
Arsenal: Cech; Mustafi (Iwobi), Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka (Giroud), Ramsey, Kolasinac (Welbeck); Sanchez, Ozil; Lacazette
Man Utd: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Young (Rashford); Matic, Pogba; Lingard (Darmian), Martial (Herrera); Lukaku
Arsenal are 7 points behind Manchester United who sit second on the table. The Gunners next travel to Southampton while United are at home against league leaders Manchester City.