LONDON-Arsenal removed Manchester United from fourth place in the English Premier League with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
The battle for a top-four spot pitted the old foes together, with United eager to maintain their hot streak in all competitions. Following his midweek exploits in Paris, Romelu Lukaku looked to put United in front but was denied by the crossbar off Luke Shaw’s cross on six minutes. Arsenal went in front on 12 minutes after Granit Xhaka’s long-range shot swerved past David De Gea.
Summer signing Fred bombed through the middle and hit the frame of the woodwork off a cut back on 18 minutes. The Red Devils maintained their pressure, but Lukaku failed to get the equaliser after rounding Bernd Leno just before halftime.
In the second half, United made renewed strides for the equaliser but Leno’s outstretched save with the left-foot prohibited Lukaku on 51 minutes. Arsenal doubled their tally when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang slotted home from the spot following a foul on Alexandre Lacazette in the box on 69 minutes.
Lacazette closed in on a third after breaking through the defence, but fired wide from five metres two minutes later. It was heading to a one-sided affair from then on, with United struggling to get any sort of rhythm going on the wet and rainy surfaces, leading the Gunners to victory and a top-four spot. Kickoff