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Rice, Jesus Boost Arsenal’s Win Over Man Utd

Rice, Jesus Boost Arsenal’s Win Over Man Utd

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Declan Rice scored his debut goal for Arsenal, and Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory as Arsenal made an impressive comeback from a goal down to defeat Manchester United 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday. Marcus Rashford unexpectedly put the visitors ahead in the first half, against the flow of the game, but Arsenal’s captain Martin Odegaard equalized moments later. The Gunners had a penalty initially awarded but later overturned after a VAR review, and United’s hopes for a late winner were dashed when substitute Alejandro Garnacho was ruled offside.

In the final eight minutes of added time, the home team maintained their relentless pressure and eventually got their reward. Declan Rice took control of a corner and fired a shot past Andre Onana, with the ball taking a deflection off Jonny Evans on its way into the net.

There was even more time for another goal as substitute Gabriel Jesus made a dynamic run forward, outsmarting Andre Onana before finding the back of the net. This outcome places Arsenal in fifth position in the table following their third victory in four games, trailing leaders Manchester City by two points. Meanwhile, Manchester United finds themselves in the 11th spot on the table.

At the start of the match, Arsenal came out with great intensity, pushing Manchester United back in the warm September sunshine. The home team had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute, but their new signing Kai Havertz had a terrible mis-kick from inside the penalty area with the goal wide open.


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Despite that missed chance, Arsenal maintained their dominance, applying high pressure and putting United’s defense in uncomfortable situations. The game suddenly became more exciting just before the half-hour mark when Manchester United scored against the run of play following a swift counter-attack.

Christian Eriksen seized a loose ball in midfield and made a powerful surge forward, delivering a precisely weighted pass to Marcus Rashford, who was making a run down the left-hand channel.

Rashford, who had been relatively quiet in the early stages of the match, made a decisive move by cutting inside and maneuvering past two defenders. He then unleashed a shot that beat the outstretched dive of Aaron Ramsdale, finding the back of the net.

However, Arsenal swiftly equalized just one minute later when Martin Odegaard, left unmarked in the penalty area, hammered the ball into the net from just inside the box. This goal came after a fine assist from the impressive Gabriel Martinelli. Despite their attacking efforts, Arsenal managed just one shot on target in the first half.

Arsenal seemed to find their rhythm more quickly after halftime, and they were given a penalty opportunity just before the hour mark when Kai Havertz went down in the box after being caught between Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Casemiro. However, referee Anthony Taylor changed his decision after a VAR review, overturning the penalty call.

United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, gave new signing Rasmus Hojlund his first opportunity to play in a United jersey, bringing the Danish forward on for Martial in the 67th minute. He also introduced former captain Harry Maguire, who replaced Lisandro Martinez.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli came close to scoring with a curling shot that narrowly missed the target as they continued to appear more likely to secure the victory. However, United remained dangerous on the counter-attack.

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, made three changes, including bringing on Gabriel Jesus in place of the lively Nketiah.

Alejandro Garnacho appeared to have secured the win for United in the 88th minute, but VAR ruled that he was just marginally offside.

It’s worth noting that United struggled in away matches against other top-seven teams last season, conceding an average of 3.66 goals per away match. Sunday’s result adds to their difficulties when playing away from home.


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