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Arsenal show their fighting spirit in away draw against Manchester United (2-2)
5 December, 2018
Arsenal’s next challenge in the Premier League was a midweek fixture away at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Unai Emery’s side came into the game with increased confidence after their north London derby performance on Sunday, knowing that they would have to be at their best to get a third Premier League win in a row.
The game took a little time to get going, but Arsenal’s first goal arrived on the 25th minute through a Shkodran Mustafi header from a corner. The centre-back managed to find space in the box and direct a firm effort towards goal. De gea was unable to hold onto it, and the referee confirmed that the ball had crossed the line despite Herrera’s attempted clearance. However, the lead was short-lived. A great save from Bernd Leno prevented a free kick going in, but Herrera managed to get to the rebound and Martial equalised. The rest of the first half saw plenty of full-blooded challenges and incident, and Rob Holding was unfortunate to sustain a knee injury.
The second half continued in the same vein, with Unai Emery’s team showing real fighting spirit in a very physical game. On the 68th minute, good Arsenal pressing won the ball in the final third and Alexandre Lacazette was put through. He was bundled over by two Manchester United defenders, but the ball found its way into the back of the net to put Arsenal back in front. However, the home side got back on level terms straight from the restart, through Lingard. Arsenal were on the front foot for most of the rest of the match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close to getting the winner on two different occasions, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a brilliant volley right at the end, but was in an offside position.
The game ended in a 2-2 draw and Arsenal leave Old Trafford with a hard-fought point, extending their unbeaten run to 20 games in all competitions. The squad now turn their attention to this Saturday’s match against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.