A Kieran Gibbs own goal and Wayne Rooney strike gave United victory at the Emirates.
Arsenal have once again been lift licking their wounds after facing Manchester United this evening, with a fine second half performance from Louis van Gaal’s men proving to be enough to see them past Arsene Wenger’s underperforming charges at the Emirates Stadium.
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The end result couldn’t be seen during the opening exchanges of the match, however, as the hosts poured out of the traps and pinned back a United side desperate to protect their inexperienced back line during the opening stages.
As has been the theme of Arsenal’s season, however, things still didn’t go their way when they were on top, with Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck both guilty of missing glorious chances to give the Gunners the lead.
Predictably, they were made to pay for it in the second half, as a horrible mix-up between goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and left back Kieran Gibbs led to the latter deflecting Antonio Valencia’s effort into his own net:
Arsenal seemed to lose all shape and balance after falling behind, despite having plenty of times to rectify matters, and were caught on the break numerous times – meaning that it was no surprise when Wayne Rooney raced clear and lifted beyond Damian Martinez to seemingly settle the score:
Frenchman Olivier Giroud had been thrown on as a substitute for the hosts by this point, however – and he made a game of it for the eight minutes of injury time by thrashing a near post effort beyond David de Gea:
Manchester United held on without too many more hiccups, however, and now find themselves above both Liverpool and Arsenal in the Premier League table. For the Gunners, however, does this mean a fully blown crisis?