Arsenal vs Manchester United Highlights: Nketiah’s late winner gives ARS a deserved 3-2 win over MUN (2023)

Arsenal vs Manchester United Highlights: Nketiah’s late winner gives ARS a deserved 3-2 win over MUN (1)Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)

Premier League, Arsenal vs Manchester United Highlights: Arsenal made a huge statement in their bid to win a first title in 19 years, defeating Manchester United 3-2 at the Emirates with a last-minute winner from Eddie Nketiah.

United got an early first-half lead thanks to a Rashford screamer, before an Eddie Nketiah header levelled it going into half time. Almost a mirror to the first, Bukayo Saka scored a long-range belter before it getting cancelled out by a clever Lisandro Martinez header within minutes.

Arsenal have now got 50 points midway through the season, and crucially have a five-point lead over defending champions Manchester City, with a game in hand. They still need to play two against Pep Guardiola’s side, but have given themselves a big cushion at the top.

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Arsenal vs Manchester United Highlights: Arsenal vs Manchester United Premier League match

00:10 (IST)23 Jan 2023

FINAL THOUGHTS: Statement win

A massive win for Arsenal.

United's plan was effective in curbing high-quality chances through a midblock and were a threat on the counterattack. They fought well, but in truth, Arsenal were the better team from start to finish.

They dominated midfield in the absence of Casemiro, Saka and Martinelli were consistently beating full backs and pinning the defence back, and their high press did not let United have any control.

50 points halfway through the season. Can't blame their fans to start believing again. A huge result.

ARS 3-2 MUN

23:55 (IST)22 Jan 2023

FULL TIME: And we breathe...

A storming win for Mikel Arteta's side. Played at a brilliant pace, fought relentlessly by United, and won with a last-minute winner.

What a game. What a win.

ARS 3-2 MUN

23:53 (IST)22 Jan 2023

90 + 2': Emirates is buzzing

In the final minutes, Arsenal's fans have come alive in the stadium.

United need a miracle to equalise now.

ARS 3-2 MUN

23:51 (IST)22 Jan 2023

90': GOAL STANDS

That is the loudest roar at the Emirates in years. Years.

A long VAR check for offside for the goal, which is eventually given.

ARS 3-2 MUN

23:50 (IST)22 Jan 2023

90': NKETIAH SCORES

Smart flick from an Odegaard deflected shot, after Trossard's driving run. Big goal.

ARS 3-2 MUN

23:48 (IST)22 Jan 2023

87': United move

After a good 15 minutes of absorbing Arsenal pressure, United get a move of their own, a counterattack from Eriksen, who dribbled into the box and earned a corner.

Wan Bissaka fouls Saka, having been beaten by him for much of this match, to stop a counter.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:44 (IST)22 Jan 2023

83': DE GEA WITH A BIG SAVE

United struggle to clear a free-kick which breaks to Nketiah. The forward's half-volley, placed well into the bottom right corner, was stopped sensationally by De Gea.

Arsenal fully on top now.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:42 (IST)22 Jan 2023

81': Trossard debut

A very big game, and moment, to make his debut.

Leandro Trossard comes on for Martinelli, who had been bright today.

ARS 2-2 MUN

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23:41 (IST)22 Jan 2023

80': Arsenal with a good spell

Incessant pressure from Arsenal.

Saka with a good run down the right to create space and a cutback. The ball breaks to Xhaka next, whose volley is blocked well.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:38 (IST)22 Jan 2023

78': End to end

A long ball over the top sent Rashford in on goal, but Ramsdale wins the ball off him, which he felt is a foul.

Moments later, Arsenal go down the other end as Martinelli nearly latches on to an early cross to score.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:33 (IST)22 Jan 2023

74': Arsenal want the win

They are not keen to sit back for a point here.

The Gunners are playing high up the pitch and committing players forward, and turning up the pace of the passing.

A big defensive job needed from United now.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:30 (IST)22 Jan 2023

70': Saka sizzling

Once again cuts in from the right and beats both Wan Bissaka and Eriksen and gets a shot off, which hits the outside of the far post.

Another good chance that.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:29 (IST)22 Jan 2023

69': Tight game

Arsenal are, as was the case in the first half, looking sharper and brighter. More likely to create goalscoring opportunities patiently.

United are a big threat on the counterattack, and seem up for the fight, throwing in challenges and committing bodies.

Game's on a kinfe-edge.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:26 (IST)22 Jan 2023

66': Big chance

Brilliant move from Arsenal.

Xhaka found space in the inside left channel, his deflected shot came to Odegaard, whose shot was blocked by Eriksen.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:24 (IST)22 Jan 2023

64': Good chance

Arsenal are still looking bright here.

Saka, once again, beats his man down the right before his cutback was met by Nketiah, who shot wide.

ARS 2-2

23:20 (IST)22 Jan 2023

60': Another keeping error

Incredibly clever finish from the Argentine World Cup-winner.

Ramsdale came out to take control of a corner in a box but fumbled it. The ball broke to Martinez, who dove forward for his header with bravery, but smartly, lifted his header above the defending Arsenal bodies to score.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:18 (IST)22 Jan 2023

58': MARTINEZ EQUALISES

What a clever header to get his side back into the lead.

ARS 2-2 MUN

23:15 (IST)22 Jan 2023

55': Rashford with a chance

The forward, somehow, gets a shot away through a cluster of Arsenal bodies in the box, forcing a good save from Ramsdale. He beat at least three players there.

Nearly an immediate response.

ARS 2-1 MUN

23:15 (IST)22 Jan 2023

53': De Gea on his heels

Saka receives the ball deep outside United's half, shuffles onto his left foot away from Eriksen with ease, and hits a powerful strike, that moved after it bounced on the grass, into the bottom left corner.

Despite Saka's genius though, De Gea should not be getting beat from that distance. A mistake, that could cost them.

ARS 2-1 MUN

23:13 (IST)22 Jan 2023

52': SAKA SCORES

Emphatic finish. Simply brilliant.

ARS 2-1 MUN

Sunday Blockbuster: Premier League leaders Arsenal vs resurgent Manchester United

Arsenal vs Manchester United Highlights: Nketiah’s late winner gives ARS a deserved 3-2 win over MUN (7) Arsenal players on the left and Manchester United players on the right. (Reuters)

League leaders Arsenal will hope to avoid any slip ups when Manchester United come to visit the Emirates on Sunday. United, the only team to defeat Arsenal this season, will be looking to put the midweek result against Crystal Place in the rearview mirror and begin afresh. The Red Devils, who were leading 1-0 till the 90+1 minutes had to settle for a point against the Eagles when Michael Olise’s inch perfect free kick cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ 44th minute strike.

Arsenal, meanwhile, thrashed local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in their last Premier League game, continuing their march towards the title. A perfectly balanced team, the Gunners have finally found the necessary synergy between their frontline and the backline, which makes them the favourites to go all the way this season. Keeping 10 clean sheets and conceding the second-least number of goals hasn’t hurt either.

United were brought down from their high of beating rivals Manchester City over the weekend by a dogged Palace, ending their winning run. Another huge blow for the side coming out of the Palace game is that midfield maestro Casemiro will be sidelined for the Arsenal clash due to the accumulation of too many yellow cards. Manager Erk Ten Hag, however, said, “Last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro, we have to do the same.”

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