The Premier League is in full swing this Sunday for the 21st day of the English championship. While Manchester City, runner-up to Arsenal, put pressure on the leader by beating Wolverhampton (3-0) on their home ground, the Gunners could take off at home in the event of a victory against Manchester United, the only winner of the residents. Emirates Stadium in the first leg this season (3-1). For this, Mikel Arteta renewed the eleven winners on the field of Tottenham last week (2-0).
At the very start of the game, teammates Martin Odegaard tried to pack the game and even obtained several corners, but the hot situations happened on the other side of the field. Bruno Fernandes, behind Gabriel Magalhaes, hit Aaron Ramsdale and asked for a penalty after this shock but the referee did not flinch (6th). Erik ten Hag’s players, without being flamboyant, opened the scoring on the first chance of the game. On a ball lost by Thomas Partey, Marcus Rashford dribbled the Ghanaian and advanced against a Gabriel Magalhaes on the backside before arming a precise shot to deceive the opposing goalkeeper (17th, 1-0). Just five minutes later, the Gunners responded to the Red Devils to dispel any doubts despite a cruel start to the game for them. Granit Xhaka centered at the far post where Edward Nketiah popped up to pass Aaron Wan-Bissaka and propel the leather header into the back of David De Gea’s net (24′, 1-1).
The Gunners, as boss, made United bend
The public at the Emirates Stadium then found their voice to encourage their team. Half an hour into the game, Aaron Ramsdale diverted his fists for a corner kick from Scott McTominay after a back pass from Antony (28th). The match did not lose in intensity but the chances were rarer as half-time approached. On returning from the locker room, we had to wait about ten minutes before seeing the Gunners again being dangerous. Bukayo Saka, in the fight with Christian Eriksen, returned to the axis to trigger a shot which ended its race in the opposite side net of David De Gea (53rd, 2-1). The Red Devils reacted immediately through Marcus Rashford but the Mancunian fell on a great Aaron Ramsdale to counter a shot from the English striker (55th).
Only a few minutes later, the Gunners goalkeeper released the ball after a corner and Lisandro Martinez took the opportunity to equalize (59th, 2-2). Shortly before the last quarter of an hour of this meeting, Bukayo Saka rolled up a new shot but his attempt failed on the post (70th). At the end of the match, on a free kick from Martin Odegaard and after a mess in the Mancunian area, Edward Nketiah recovered the ball from the penalty spot and came up against the sumptuous parade of David De Gea (84th). Arsenal then stood out in the final on an acrobatic deflection from Edward Nketiah (90th, 3-2). With this win, Arsenal resume their five-point lead over Manchester City. Manchester United, for its part, remains at the dock. On the next Premier League matchday, Arsenal travel to Everton while Manchester United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.