Arsenal Dominated Against Manchester United, But Took Only One Point, 2-2
In the biggest game of the day, Manchester United and Arsenal played a draw at Old Trafford. The final result was 2-2.
Arsenal was patient and stubborn, and that was the recipe for scoring two goals against the pretty bad United’s defense. Shkodran Mustafi and Alexander Lacazette netted once apiece, in the 26th and 68th minute of this event.
However, the home team was aggressive, and they managed to come back from the dead on two occasions, through Anthony Martial (30) and Jesse Lingard (69).
This was the 20th consecutive game in which Arsenal didn’t lose, and it is the first time in the previous 11 years, that the Gunners achieved such a thing. Still, the guests from London didn’t win at Trafford since 2006.
The opening half wasn’t that spectacular, but the fans saw two goals anyway. Midfield was the area where most of the action took place, and 14 fouls and 5 yellow cards were just a logical consequence of that style of play.
Davide de Gea made a huge mistake after Mustafi’s header, and the ball went through Spaniard’s hands, crossing the line before being cleared by the one of United’s players.
Four minutes later, Martial scored after Herrera’s assists. Previously, he reached the ball after Arsenal’s goalkeeper Leno denied one shot from the free-kick.
The second part of the game wasn’t that interesting until the last 20 minutes. At first, Lacazette who came in scoring after battling with Marcus Rojo, when running towards goal in a one-on-one situation.
Lingard erased that advantage, with his first goal since February. One long cross sent to Romelu Lukaku ended at his feet, and the young player didn’t want to wait for a second, as he fired a strong kick from the middle of the box, into the net.
With one point from this contest, Arsenal now leveled with Chelsea on the fourth place in the Premiership standings, with 31 points each. The Blues were defeated in Wolverhampton, even though they had a lead at the halftime.
The Red Devils posted their third draw in a row, which puts them in a group of teams who have 23 points and are between 6th and 8th place. Two others are Everton and Bournemouth.
Up next, United hosts Fulham, who started playing much better under Claudio Ranieri.
Arsenal also plays at home, and their rival is Huddersfield.