- Manchester United came out on top vs Arsenal in arguably the greatest game so far in the 2017/18 Premier League season.
- David De Gea starred in the performance with Jesse Lingard scoring twice and Antonio Valencia scoring another.
- Paul Pogba however saw a red card in the second half and will subsequently miss the Manchester derby next weekend.
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Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia.
Valencia gave United the lead after just four minutes after combining superbly with Paul Pogba. Jesse Lingard then added a second just seven minutes later after latching onto a superb piece of skill from Anthony Martial to tuck the ball past Petr Cech.
The game then produced an added intensity after the two early goals and remained end to end from start to finish.
Arsenal pulled one back in the second half through Alexandre Lacazette and almost drew level minutes later. David De Gea produced one of the finest double saves the Premier League has seen in recent years to first deny Lacazette and then Alexis Sanchez seconds later.
Instead of drawing level Arsenal then went on to concede a third with Jesse Lingard putting the final nail in the Gunners’ coffin.
The game looked to be completely wrapped up for United but a Paul Pogba red card in the 74th minute for a studs up challenge on Hector Bellerin allowed Arsenal hope of getting back into the game.
However, the subsequent Arsenal pressure proved to be fruitless as the Red Devils took the three points home from the Emirates.
Man of the match
Many United payers shone tonight and had Paul Pogba had not seen red then he could have quite easily taken home the award. While Lingard was magnificent in just his third Premier League start this season it was De Gea who stole the show.
Arsenal has an incredible 33 shots in tonight’s clash but just could not find a way past the Spanish number one.
Flop of the match
Laurent Koscielny is so often one of the key players amongst the Arsenal squad but the Frenchman simply could not cope with United’s pace on the counter tonight. The star could have even seen red in the second half for a challenge on Romelu Lukaku.
Stat of the match
2 – Man Utd (2) scored more goals inside the first 11 minutes versus Arsenal than they managed in their previous eight away Premier League games vs the big six (1). Buses.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2017
Arsenal: Cech 5, Koscielny 4, Mustafi n/a, Monreal 5, Bellerin 5, Ramsey 7, Xhaka 5, Kolasniac 6, Ozil 5, Sanchez 6, Lacazette 7.
Subs: Iwobi 5, Welbeck 6, Giroud 5.
Manchester United: De Gea 9, Lindelof 7, Smalling 6, Rojo 6, Valencia 8, Pogba 7, Matic 6, Young 6, Lingard 9, Lukaku 7, Martial 8.
Subs: Herrera 6, Darmian 6, Rashford n/a.
So much love for David De Gea…
David De Gea could save a PDF file on a calculator.
— hash (@hashim0307) December 2, 2017
Keep forgetting to save your work files? Name them De Gea and they’ll be autosave
— Matluthfi90 (@Matluthfi90) December 2, 2017
FIFA awards were in London in October. Incredible David De Gea was not on shortlist for best goalkeeper in the world
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) December 2, 2017
Jose: “I told him (De Gea) what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) December 2, 2017
Not an atheist anymore. I believe in De Gea.
— Sports Fanatic (@sprtsfanatic) December 2, 2017
What De Gea is doing is not humanly possible!!
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) December 2, 2017