Arsenal beat Manchester United to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League


Arsenal’s season is like a roller coaster. After having suffered three defeats in a row against formations not necessarily very well ranked, Crystal Palace (0-3, April 4), Brighton (1-2, 9) and Southampton (0-1, 16), now the Gunners have just won two prestigious victories, on the lawn of Chelsea on Wednesday (2-4) and against Manchester United, at the Emirates, on Saturday at the start of the afternoon, as part of the 34th day of the Premier League .

A 28 shot game

This result could prove decisive in the race for the Champions League, from which the Red Devils seem to be sidelined, they who are now six points behind their opponents of the day, who have played one game less. At the same time, Arsenal climbed, thanks to this new success, to fourth place in the Premier League, the last qualifier for the C1, pending the result of Tottenham who could come back ahead of their long-time rival in the event of success in Brentford. (from 6:30 p.m. Saturday).

Beyond these consequences in the standings, this Arsenal – Manchester United, disputed for once in front of a feverish Emirates, proved to be rich in opportunities (28 shots in all, 14 on each side) and twists. The big man of the match is called Bukayo Saka. The young English winger (20 years old) was sparkling, martyring with application his vis-à-vis, Alex Telles. Saka was thus at the origin of the opener, by landing a shot repelled by David de Gea, and finally taken over by Nuno Tavares (1-0, 3rd).

Then, the English international quietly converted a penalty that he himself had caused (2-0, 32nd), after a fault by Telles. Finally, Saka launched the action of his team’s third goal by dribbling in the area, before the ball reached Mohamed Elneny, then Granit Xhaka, author of a bright shot from far, from the left, who deceived De Gea (3-1, 70th).

Hundredth Premier League goal for Ronaldo

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo, who stood out in the first half, scored the 100th goal of his Premier League career (18 years after the first), resuming in the heart of the area, from half a volley from the left, an uncontrolled cross from Nemanja Matic (2-1, 34′).

Bruno Fernandes could then have allowed the Red Devils to equalize, but his penalty (obtained after the ball bounced off the arm of Tavares) was pushed back by the outside of the post (57th). As the symbol of a season where everything will have finally gone wrong for MU, who have conceded seven goals in four days (after the 0-4 defeat suffered Tuesday at Anfield).

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