Premier League |  Arsenal wins against Manchester United (3-2) at the end of the suspense

The Gunners are reliving their best years. Arsenal won their high-flying duel against their historic rival Manchester United on Sunday, during the 21st day of the Premier League (3-2).

In a shock that kept all its promises, the Londoners saw Marcus Rashford (17th) and Lisandro Martinez (59th) shake their nets but Bukayo Saka (53rd) and especially Eddie Nketiah also scored to offer them a precious success (24th and 90th). They remain leaders with 5 points ahead of Manchester City.

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Put under pressure by the Cityzens’ victory over Wolverhampton (3-0), the Gunners immediately showed themselves to be very conquering on their lawn and this English Classic between teams in good shape started off flat out. Sure of their strength, the Mancunians were however able to calm the London ardor by putting their foot on the ball. They even opened the scoring by taking advantage of a high recovery. Rashford accelerated on the left, hooked and placed his low shot from 20 meters flush with the post of Aaron Ramsdale (0-1, 17th).

blow for blow

In sparkling form, Rashford scored his ninth league goal this season and as many in all competitions since the resumption. He also upset Mikel Arteta’s players who set the sights after several off-target attempts. Following a corner, Granit Xhaha centered on the left and found Nketiah’s header at the far post for the quick equalizer (1-1, 24′). Each alternating the highlights, the two teams then fought a good fight until the break.

On the restart, Takehiro Tomiyasu replaced Ben White who suffered against Rashford. Erik Ten Hag, he kept the same eleven even if the option of aligning Wout Weghorst at the forefront was not very profitable and Antony was often rough on the right side. Arsenal was able to push and again find the fault following a corner. Saka provoked on the right, transplanted in the axis and placed a superb curled shot in the opposite side netting against a not enough biting Christian Eriksen (2-1, 53rd).

The last word for Nketiah

Manchester United reacted immediately and Rashford played Tomiyasu without managing to score (55th). The Reds Devils, in turn, made the difference on a corner badly repelled by Ramsdale and which benefited Lisandro Martinez, author of his first goal in England (2-2, 59th). Arsenal, however, moved forward and pushed hard even though Nketiah (64th) and Saka (70th) just missed the target.

Very mobile, Nketiah forced De Gea to release a superb reflex parade after a mess (84th). The Mancunian goalkeeper, on the other hand, could do nothing on an acrobatic deviation six meters from the London center-forward after an offensive led by rookie Leandro Trossard and a recovery from Martin Odegaard (3-2, 90th ). The Gunners snatched victory and got their revenge for the first leg that they lost 3-1 in September. Above all, they strike a blow and pose as favorites in the race for a title that has eluded them since 2004.

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