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Arsenal edge past United

Arsenal edge past United

2024/05/12 18:33

Leandro Trossard’s first-half goal was enough for Arsenal to get themselves over the line against Manchester United at Old Trafford and take the Premier League title race to the final day of the season.


MUN XI: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Evans, Diogo Dalot; Mainoo, Amrabat; Diallo, McTominay*, Alejandro Garnacho; Hojlund

MUN SUBS: Bayindir, Kambwala, Amass, Ogunneye, Eriksen, Collyer, Antony, Forson, Wheatley

ARS XI: David Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard*, Partey, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Trossard

ARS SUBS: Ramsdale, Kiwior, Zinchenko, Jorginho, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Jesus, Nketiah

Action: Fresh off the back of their humiliation at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace last week, Manchester United were immediately under the cosh with a fast start from the title challenging Gunners.

Arsenal, though unable to create anything majorly clear cut, piled the pressure on in the early stages with several corners and a couple of efforts that tested Andre Onana.

However, after steadying themselves, Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United eased themselves into the game and began to show signs of cohesion, both defensively and in attack.

That was then undone in the 21st minute when Onana launched a ball long that was intercepted by William Saliba. The ball ran through to Kai Havertz who was being played onside by a sluggish and lazy Casemiro. Havertz drove into the box and was able to pull back for Leandro Trossard to smartly tuck in past Onana.



The fairly even contest resumed after the opening goal, though, with both sides quite stodgy and slow in possession before the half-time interval. 

The second-half continued in the same way as much of the first-half with neither team truly establishing themselves on top and Arsenal looking fairly nervy against an improved United side.

That said, though, the closest either team came in the entirety of the second-half were both good chances for the Gunners and excellent saves made by Andre Onana.

Second-half substitute Gabriel Martinelli managed to propel himself through into the United box with around ten minutes to go and the Brazilian struck well at goal but Onana’s strong hand pushed the ball over the bar.

Arsenal then came close a few minutes later when Declan Rice, in acres of space which will be a major irritation for United fans after Michael Olise’s second goal for Palace last Monday, curled an effort that was once again well saved and pushed away by Onana’s left hand.

The Manchester United late show and onslaught consisted of Alejandro Garnacho launching a tame effort from long distance before the Argentine overhit a floaty cross into the grateful hands of David Raya to kill the contest. 

The big picture: Losing at home to a team with a famously poor record at Old Trafford in tepid circumstances has restored some pride in Manchester United – and that is never a good sign. They will need to beat Newcastle United on Wednesday or European football next season seems almost impossible. Arsenal have taken the title race to the final day of the season and will now be hoping their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur can do them a favour against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Man of the match: Andre Onana. Despite losing, the former Ajax and Inter goalkeeper once again put in an excellent performance in terms of his shot stopping abilities. 



’20 | GOAL: Trossard (0-1)





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2024-05-12 19h18m by sparkerfield
As an Arsenal fan, I couldn't be more delighted with Trossard's goal and this win against Man Utd. The eagerness and determination shown by our team in the first half was incredible. We're taking the Premier League title race to the final day and I have faith in my team to come out on top.
2024-05-12 19h10m by jwhiteheadbarnes
As an Arsenal fan, I couldn't be happier with Trossard's early goal. It's been a tough season for us, but this win and the Premier League title race going down to the final day is a huge relief. Let's bring it home, Gunners!
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