Tops/Flops – Captained by Declan Rice, the Gunners provide themselves with a coveted success against the overly cautious Red Devils.
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Emirates Stadium came after Declan Rice
The most expensive rookie of the summer transfer window couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario. Bought for a hefty sum from West Ham (116 million euros), the English midfielder has made a successful debut in the Arsenal jersey for four days. Author of a solid start to the season in front of the defence, the 24-year-old has undoubtedly returned to the hearts of Gunners supporters this afternoon. His decisive goal in the 96th minute against the historic rival, gave his team a very valuable victory. It was worth a joyous celebration at the corner post.
Martinelli-Odegaard pairing making all the right moves
Bukayo Saka was beaten aggressively by Diogo Delot, Martin Odegaard and Gabriele Martinelli. Unsteady on his left, the Brazilian dribbler offered his captain the equalizer on a silver platter (28′). Both players continued to push the initiative with several movements in the second half, especially the Norwegian. The former Real Madrid man tried hard and earned the decisive corner on his last shot of the game. Martinelli, on the left, did not make his efforts to shoulder Arsenal’s attack count.
Marcus Rashford, the spark for the Red Devils
Luckily, English striker Ramsdale was there to threaten the goal. An astute scorer at the opener (27′), Rashford could offer himself a double (78′) and pass the decisive pass to rookie Rasmus Hjlund (72′). Ultimately, the Red Devils star walks off disappointed after 90 minutes of explaining on his part. He was very much alone in attack against the London defenders, even though he lacked accuracy. But amid the attacking slump, No. 10 floated. a new time.
Tough afternoon for Anthony Martial
Dueling from afar with his compatriot William Saliba, the French striker was rarely present at the front. Despite some judicious clearances in the first period, the former Monegasque was decimated within minutes. His coach Erik ten Haag didn’t hesitate to bring on Hojlund (67′) for United’s first substitution. Marshall had an opportunity to mark the spirits before the young Dane’s debut as Holder, he missed.
Kai Havertz still not convinced
Another key newbie to the Gunners, the German attacking midfielder hasn’t found the same success as Declan Rice. Very discreet in the first three games, Havertz still struggled in the role of torch bearer. His failure at an ideal position at six meters (18′) probably lingered in his mind for a long time. Even VAR protested when he thought he was getting a penalty (60′). Substituted by Vieira (76′), the former Leverkusen striker will wait before agreeing everyone in the Arsenal jersey.
Manchester United once again lost to a direct opponent
Last season, the Red Devils won only a meager 27 points out of a possible 27 against the Premier League’s top 10. And they seem to be on similar (bad) grounds. Eric Ten Haag’s team could not handle the blow in the face of Arsenal’s pressure, losing to Tottenham on the second day (2-0). Not very ambitious offensively, Bruno Fernandes’ teammates once again lost to the state’s hostile lawn. A recurring evil that is likely to be overshadowed in a very competitive championship.