Arsenal are no longer invincible. After winning each of their first five Premier League games, the Gunners fell to Old Trafford. They lost to a much more realistic Manchester United team (3-1). This result does not change the ranking. Because Arteta’s men remain the only leaders, with a point ahead of Manchester City. And the Red Devils, with a fourth consecutive victory, retain their 5th place. Only three lengths behind their opponents of the day.
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Dominating and with a much more accomplished collective mastery, the Londoners have long jostled the Mancunians. But they were never really in a position to win. Because, despite 47 balls in the opposing area, the team lost a lot in the finish. Only 3 of their 16 shots found the frame. Too insufficient to hope for better, despite Saka’s strike which allowed the equalizer in the second half (1-1, 60th).
Rashford was everywhere, Ronaldo still on the bench
Because, defensively, the team also cracked. She left too many free spaces for the Mancunian attackers who feasted. And, for the first time this season, she conceded three goals. First, by conceding the opener signed Antony (1-0, 35th).
The new rookie at 100M million euros landed from Ajax, who was playing his first match there in his new colors. Dream debut for the Brazilian left-hander replaced shortly before the hour mark by Cristiano Ronaldo (58th), for the fourth time in a row on the bench at kick-off. But first to celebrate his teammate’s first goal with MU.
Decisive passer on this first achievement, Marcus Rashford then offered himself a double. A first capital goal to revive his team (2-1, 66th), just six minutes after Arsenal equalized. He then took advantage of good service from Christian Eriksen, after setting Aaron Ramsdale, to make the break (3-1, 75th). He thus destroyed the last hopes of Arsenal who missed a great opportunity to make the hole at the top of the championship.
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