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Arsenal Beat Manchester United at Old Trafford

 

 

 

 

Paul Pogba got the wrong side of Hector Bellerin, and Manchester United served up their fifth penalty in seven home league games.

Both clubs started this game in the bottom half of the table, and Manchester United remain there; a quite horrid 15th.

Even this win only elevated Arsenal to the upper reaches of mid-table, although they do have a game in hand of many. It is a far cry, though, from the days when this match-up was a potential title decider.

It’s a big win for Arsenal, but it’s is not as if the ripples are going to be felt in Liverpool or even the other side of Manchester. Not yet anyway.

Back to the present and Pogba’s tackle was the pivotal moment.

Arsenal had been superior, but had missed good chances, particularly in the first-half, and may have thought their moment had passed. Then Willian picked up the ball on the right. He tried to trap Luke Shaw into diving in with a few clever stepovers but the Manchester United man was having none of it. Then he slipped the ball to Bellerin and Pogba took the bait.

There is a difference between genuinely tracking your man and merely playing at it.

Pogba went with Bellerin but not with enough commitment; so he was the wrong side when the ball arrived and, trying to make a tackle despite this, clipped him. Definite penalty, and no critical mass to dispute that.

It fell to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. He has recently endured his longest scoring drought since 2014 with Borussia Dortmund, but sometimes it needs a bit of good fortune to break that.

No Arsenal player had ever scored from the spot at Old Trafford in the Premier League era – although two have been missed – but now that barren spell is done, too.

Aubameyang stuck his shot low and right, David De Gea went low and left. The Arsenal forward expressed his joy with the medium of dance and why not? It’s not every day you get a penalty at Old Trafford – although it might be until fans get a say in the decision-making again.

 

 

 

Arsenal Beat Manchester United at Old Trafford

 

 

 

 

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