Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal: Spoils shared after frantic clash


Manchester United are now four Premier League games without a victory after a frantic 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night at Old Trafford.

Arsenal, against an entirely new United back five, took the lead early on through Shkodran Mustafi’s header, which squirmed through David de Gea’s hands and just dropped over the line via the goal decision system (26).

Anthony Martial’s close-range finish brought United level shortly after (30), before two goals in the space of a minute in the second half as Marcos Rojo’s own goal from sub Alexandre Lacazette’s effort (68) gave Arsenal the lead only for Jesse Lingard to score just 13 seconds after the restart (69).

 The result means United are winless in four Premier League games, leaving them eight points off the top four and a whopping 18 points off leaders Manchester City after just 15 games. Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions but move down to fifth.Jose Mourinho made seven changes from the draw at Southampton, saying in his programme notes that “there isn’t space for people that are not ready to give it their all” as the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench.

After a dull start, Arsenal were ahead as Mustafi lost Chris Smalling from a Lucas Torreira corner, headed straight at De Gea, only for the Spaniard to let the ball loose through his hands and just over the line. De Gea has kept just two clean sheets in 15 games for United this season.

 But United were level just four minutes later in controversial fashion through Martial, as he finished from close range after Ander Herrera’s centre, but Herrera looked inches offside from Rojo’s initial free-kick.The second half was lacking in chances until Lacazette’s introduction with 25 minutes remaining, and the Frenchman helped put Arsenal ahead three minutes later after Rojo’s mistake allowed Arsenal to break through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and he fed Lacazette helped bundle it past De Gea via a touch from Rojo.

But just seconds after the restart United were back level as Sead Kolasinac got in a mix-up with Bernd Leno, allowing Lingard to steal in and slot home under the goalkeeper.

Arsenal nearly went back ahead minutes later through Aubemeyang, only to see his shot saved by De Gea as he went through on goal, and the goalkeeper looked to make up for his earlier mistake again with a fine stop from Torreira from point-blank range.

Via SkySports


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