Arsenal win 5-goal thriller against Manchester United with 90th-minute magic

Sunday’s version of Arsenal against Manchester United, a thrilling 3-2 Gunners victory at the Emirates Stadium, taught the Premier League a new but familiar lesson.

The Arsenal-Manchester United rivalry is back on as fans and neutrals alike will dream of this game becoming what it was at the start of this century.

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Eddie Nketiah completed his brace with a 90th-minute winner, joining Bukayo Saka’s terrific goal on the scoresheet and eclipsing Man United goals from Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez.

The Gunners keep rolling as first-placed youngsters Mikel Arteta beat bitter rivals Tottenham and now age-old foes Man United in a week, picking up 50 points to extend their table lead to five points over Man City with one game -in -main.


But Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United showed courage after being linked to Crystal Palace in midweek, battling weariness before falling just short. The Red Devils’ 39 points are behind third-place Newcastle United on goal differential.

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Arsenal vs Manchester United rivalry properly revived (or at least reinvigorated)

We needed this.

There are certain non-geographical rivalries in the Premier League that just add to the fixture list, and we’ve been waiting a long time to see Arsenal and Manchester United give us a top-four fight with meaning.

Sunday’s encounter joins United’s victory at the start of the season in reinvigorating the rivalry and allowing fans on either side – as well as neutrals – to wonder if there is any hope that Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag will give a mini-Arsene Wenger against Alex Ferguson.

The scuffle between Bruno Fernandes and Gabriel Magalhaes gave us clues about Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira (in different positions, of course) and the fire in the eyes of goalscorers Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka in particular showed us what that can mean to score a big goal in this game.

What would it have been like with Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus and Diogo Dalot?

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Arsenal project still a little ahead of Man United

Erik ten Hag doesn’t have all his pieces and the distance between the two sides may not be a chasm but it’s still noticeable.

Even taking into account the home advantage, injuries to Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial and, most importantly, Casemiro’s suspension, Arsenal were ready to go from the jump and United spent much of their day on their heels. adapt to the dictation of the game by the hosts.

Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka limited the ever influential Bruno Fernandes and the Gunners had well over half the ball plus a significant advantage in shot attempts and expected goals.

But Ten Hag’s defense didn’t leave many chances for a gifted side who needed a remarkable goal from Saka on their way to a point – there are questions about the backs on Nketiah’s marker – and Raphael Varane has been a bit of a cheat code when healthy. .

United are a step behind the Gunners at the moment, and Nketiah’s winner was deserved and decisive, but sign us up for the front row seats when those matches come next season.

Stars of the show

Xhaka Granite

Bruno Fernandes

Bukayo Saka

Marcus Rashford

Eddie Nketiah

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And after?

Arsenal travel to Manchester City for an FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday ahead of a Premier League visit to Everton on February 4.

Man United have three cup games before their next Premier League outing, which is on February 4 against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. United travel to Nottingham Forest in a League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday, host Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday and then host Forest for a second leg on February 1.

Mikel Arteta’s reaction

“It doesn’t get much better than that after a derby, coming here and winning it this way is even better. …. Mentally and emotionally we were really calm and determined at the same time. We never panicked and we continued to believe in it, doing the same things even better than before.

“You can talk about maturity, but it was about conviction and quality, to show the perseverance to take the game to where we wanted it to be. I’m delighted and thank you to the public.

Arsenal vs Manchester United video recap: Arsenal 2-2 Man United

Video of Marcus Rashford’s goal: Man United take a 1-0 lead (17′)

Video of Eddie Nketiah’s goal: Granit Xhaka obtains the fifth assist of the PL this season (24′)

Video of Bukayo Saka’s goal: the Arsenal star delivers a fantastic goal from distance (53′)

Video of Lisandro Martinez’s goal: Desperate header pops the ball over the line (59′)

Eddie Nketiah goals video: Deft touch delivers Arsenal win (90′)

How to watch Arsenal vs Manchester United live stream, stream link and start time

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Key scenarios and in-form players to watch

Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, William Saliba and Aaron Ramsdale continue to excel and through the backbone of the team Arsenal are fit and motivated. Even without Gabriel Jesus, they haven’t missed a beat with Eddie Nketiah admirably. After that United clash, they have an FA Cup game, then a Premier League clash against Manchester City to negotiate, but then a series of very easy encounters. To be top of the table at this stage is truly deserved and a win against United would see many predicting the Gunners have a hand on the Premier League trophy.

United slipped up midweek at Palace as Michael Olise’s superb free-kick in stoppage time denied them another victory. United haven’t been ruthless enough, but they’re still ahead of what everyone thought they were this season. Marcus Rashford has been on fire in recent weeks, while Luke Shaw has been a revelation at centre-back but remains in his usual left-back spot for a tasty battle against Saka. Bruno Fernandes scored in consecutive games and led the attacking unit and Casemiro was exceptional but he is suspended for this game which is a blow. Scott McTominay or Fred should replace him in the line-up alongside Christian Eriksen in midfield.

Arsenal squad news, injuries, roster

Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson remain absent, while Mohamed Elneny has a shot. Mikel Arteta continues to roll out the same starting lineup, and why the hell not?

Manchester United squad news, injuries, roster

Jadon Sancho, Diogo Dalot and Donny van de Beek are injured, while Casemiro is suspended. Scott McTominay replaces Casemiro in the starting line-up, while Anthony Martial stays out for Wout Weghorst to get back on top

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