Victory for Mikel Arteta – 2:0 to Arsenal on United
The Gunners were better at home, scoring Pepe’s and Sokratis and giving the new Spanish manger a late gift at the Emirates Stadium after a four -game drought. The Red Devils lost a chance to get close to Chelsea and the first quarter.
Manchester United arrived in London yesterday for a prestigious match at the Emirates Stadium knowing that Chelsea above the table lost surprisingly points against Brighton. That motivation was not enough against Arsenal who was better and won 2:0, Mikkel Arteta’s debut on the lines.
The Gunners ruled from the first minute, taking the lead in the eighth minute of Nicolas Pepe’s goal and two minutes to end a half that belonged to them exclusively – scoring the second from Sokratis’ feet as well.
United – who came on after two consecutive wins – got better in the second half, squeezed, held the ball and occasionally risked the goal, but it was too little against Arsenal’s determined defense that didn’t make a lot of mistakes.
Arsenal have climbed to tenth place and are currently only four points below United, which ranks fifth after 21 games this season. There is still a chance that United will go down at the end of the cycle to sixth place, but for that to happen, Sheffield will have to beat Liverpool at Anfield today – not the most likely scenario.