All the good things have to come to an end. That is the rule of nature, and applies to all the stuff in it. That is what happened to Manchester United’s streak of invincibility on the road tonight.
After nine straight victories outside the Old Trafford, the Red Devils finally lost. It was Arsenal who snapped the fantastic series and defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s crew with 2-0.
Though, we need to point out that this result isn’t entirely fair when looking at the number of chances and the quality of the same.
United was much better in that aspect of the game, but unfortunately for them, the lack of concentration in finishing the same, cost them dearly.
Even Solskjaer had to mention that after the game.
“We created so many more chances than when we beat them in the FA Cup. Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice and had five very big chances ourselves,” the Norwegian stated.
Just in the first 45 minutes, the guests had three superb chances, two by Lukaku and one from Fred.
The Belgian international had a chance to stun the whole stadium already in the 9th minute, but his strike from the middle of the box ended up on the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Granit Xhaka brought the lead to the hosts after one very tricky shot which changed the direction in front of De Gea and ended in his lower right corner, although the ball started flying in a different direction.
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Not long after that Fred hit the post after one screamer from the edge of the box. The Brazilian sent a precise shot, but Leno denied it, and while the ball went flying out it deflected off the post once again.
Lukaku had his second opportunity to score, with nine minutes until the break, but Leno once again made a fabulous save.
That was the first half, and the scenario was the same in the second, United attacked and Arsenal scored. Romelu Lukaku missed one more promising possibility for scoring, only because he didn’t react as he should, and made the shot too early.
The anxiety among United’s players rose, and negative effects appeared in the 69th minute when Fred made on a reckless tackle in Manchester’s box and brought down Lacazette.
Unlike versus Tottenham, this time Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang kept his cool and beat De Gea.
Aubameyang sends his penalty past De Gea to score!
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He mentioned that the French teammate from the attack gave him to shot the penalty, and expressed gratitude for believing in him.
“I was confident, all of my team-mates give me a lot of confidence,” the goalscorer says. “Laca gave me the penalty, and that was cool from him. I was really focussed,” Aubameyang commented.
Nothing more happened until the end of the game. United’s intensity decreased significantly, and the home team might have scored at least one more goal, but luckily the Gunners didn’t use all the errors of the frustrated and deflated guests.
There is no time for despair according to their coach, who suffered his first defeat in the Premiership after taking over the Red Devils.
“It is one of those days, we have to dust ourselves down and now we play Wolves in the FA Cup,” Solskjaer stated to the journalists.
This comes as a double win for Arsenal, as they now sit in the fourth place of the English Premiership standings, with 59 points, one fewer than the third-placed Tottenham. United is one step below the Gunners, while Chelsea occupies No.6 with 56 points, but with a game in hand.
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Unai Emery was thrilled following the final whistle.
“To take three points and get a good position for our target is very good and I’m happy for the players.”
Arsenal profited the most from today, because all other Champions League rivals couldn’t win. United lost against them, Tottenham lost yesterday, while Chelsea played a draw against Wolves today.
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