Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United: Arsenal Players Let Wenger Down, De Gea Lifts Mourinho

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As far as the job of a manager goes, Arsene Wenger did all the right things to ensure Arsenal get something out of the match against Manchester United; same can’t be said of Arsenal players.

The match ended 1 – 3 in favour of Jose Mourinho’s men thanks to horrendous defending by Arsenal’s back three.

For United’s first goal, team captain, Laurent Koscielny passed the ball straight to Antonio Valencia in his own half. The Ecuadorian quickly found Paul Pogba and swiftly moved into the channel for a return ball, which he received and deftly fired a low shot throw the legs of Petr Cech.

Hapless defending was again to blame for United’s second goal when Mustafi was dispossessed in front of his goal area. United exchanged the ball with pace before Anthony Martial found Jesse Lingard with a scintillating sidefoot knock down and the Englishman had Cech at his mercy but he didn’t forgive as he hit the back of the net with a well-placed shot that went in off the post.

Though Arsenal had the game under control all the while, they were not threatening the visitors in anyway until the second goal went in. Even when they started threatening, their finishing was just miserable. This is not taking anything away from David de Gea’s absolutely classic performance that saw him make 14 saves. But we’ve seen players like Alvaro Morata keep De Gea rooted to the spot as his goal went in.

Mourinho had the Spanish goalkeeper to thank for keeping his team’s two-goal intact until the break. But De Gea was finally beaten early in the second half by Alexander Lacazette from close range.

After the goal, Arsenal continued their profligacies in front of goal while De Gea continued to affirm himself as the best shotstopper in the land with one unbelievable save after another.

While the Gunners were missing the target in the opposition half, Arsenal’s defence again let the opposition hit the target. Lingard was allowed to stroll into the 6-yard box to tap the ball into an empty net following a swift counter attack led by Pogba. Koscielny had Pogba closed down in the build up to the goal, but the defender couldn’t hold his ground as he was shoved aside quite too easily by his countryman who went on to squar the ball for Lingard.

Pogba was later sent off for a pointless foul on Hector Bellerin. But United held on for a vital win to close the gap on Manchester City who take on West Ham later today.

Pogba will now miss next weekend’s Manchester derby.

Author: Yemi Olarinre