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Arteta Secures First Win As Arsenal Beat Man Utd

Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta (2nd L) celebrates together with his gamers on the pitch after the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United on the Emirates Stadium in London on January 1, 2020. Arsenal gained the sport 2-0.
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Mikel Arteta claimed his first win as Arsenal supervisor in spectacular style as his facet outplayed Manchester United to safe only a second victory in 16 video games with a 2-0 win on the Emirates.

Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos struck earlier than half-time to reward arguably Arsenal’s best 45 minutes of the season to this point.

The Gunners began the sport thrice as many factors off the highest 4 because the relegation zone, however a primary house win in 87 days hauls Arteta’s males as much as tenth and inside 4 factors of United in fifth.

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There have been indicators of encouragement for Arsenal in Arteta’s house debut in opposition to Chelsea on Sunday when solely a late collapse noticed a 1-0 lead flip right into a 2-1 defeat.

However, this time the hosts noticed the sport via as a dismal United efficiency raised recent questions over their possibilities of ending within the prime 4.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males have been once more shorn of Paul Pogba, who faces one other few weeks on the sidelines resulting from an ongoing ankle damage.

United have grown used to coping with out Pogba this season, however nonetheless, battle to create when denied the counter-attack and didn’t get better after falling behind early on.

For the primary time, Arsenal began with all of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil collectively in assault and Arteta’s daring selection paid dividends eight minutes in.

Pepe scored simply his second Premier League purpose from open play since a £72 million transfer from Lille when he swept house Sead Kolasinac’s cross on the again put up.

The Ivorian was immediately brimming with confidence as he twisted and turned Luke Shaw earlier than cross for Aubameyang to volley simply over.

Lacazette then rolled Harry Maguire simply in an evening to overlook for the world’s costliest defender earlier than pulling his shot throughout purpose.

David de Gea is one other of United’s extra skilled stars struggling an alarming dip in type and a poor clearance from the Spaniard provided one other sight of the purpose to Pepe, whose long-range strike got here again off the put up.

Arsenal’s first half dominance was rewarded with a second purpose earlier than the half-time interval as De Gea may solely palm Lacazette’s header from a nook again into the hazard space and Sokratis pounced to fireside into the roof of the web.

As the hosts’ vitality ranges dipped from a frantic first 45 minutes, United have been allowed to dictate the sport however did have the guile to make their possession depend.

Andreas Pereira had one of the best likelihood to offer United a lifeline however fired into the side-netting from Nemanja Matic’s intelligent reverse go.

Mason Greenwood additionally compelled Bernd Leno into a wise save, however United’s regular supply of targets, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, have been saved in test as a much-maligned Arsenal defence saved only a fourth Premier League clear sheet this season.

AFP

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