Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top-four finish as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Nuno Tavares opened the scoring in the third minute before Bukayo Saka doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot. Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back before Granit Xhaka sealed the win in the 70th minute.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Cedric Soares (6), White (6), Gabriel (6), Tavares (5), Elneny (8), Xhaka (8), Saka (8), Odegaard (7), Smith Rowe (6), Nketiah (7).
Subs: Martinelli (6), Holding (n/a), Tomiyasu (n/a).
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Dalot (7), Lindelof (6), Varane (7), Telles (5), Matic (7), McTominay (6), Sancho (7), Fernandes (5), Elanga (6), Ronaldo (7).
Subs: Rashford (n/a), Lingard (n/a), Mata (n/a).
Man of the match: Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “A big performance in a game I think had everything. Moments where we showed real quality, a game where we had to suffer, a game where there were moments where we were a bit lost and lacking energy, a game where we were really efficient in the boxes, a game where we had luck when we needed it. Overall I am extremely happy. I said this is going to be a rollercoaster. The winning and losing in this league is small margins. Today things went our way and we are really happy.”
Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick: “I think we showed an improved performance but in the end a disappointing result. I think we bounced back well from the early goal and had numerous chances in both halves to score more goals. I thought the weak part of our performance today was we didn’t defend well inside and around our box. I felt there were three very unlucky VAR decisions. For me, the Arsenal third was clearly offside. The second of Cristiano was not offside. We were not very happy with the VAR decisions today.”
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