Manchester United have strengthened their position in the Premier League top-two with a 3-1 victory over rivals Arsenal.
Antonio Valencia gave United the lead after just four minutes, after swooping on a loose pass from the Gunners’ defence, playing a neat one-two with Paul Pogba before smashing home through the legs of Petr Cech.
It wasn’t long before the Red Devils were two clear as Jesse Lingard pounced on yet another mistake at the back from the home side, combining with Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.
Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for the Gunners shortly after the interval, before Lingard rounded out the result with a finish from close range.
Is David De Gea the best in the world?
Season after season in recent years, people have asked where Manchester United may well have finished if they didn’t have David De Gea between the sticks. And upon this trip to the Emirates, the same question can be asked.
The Spain international was once again in stunning form, producing a Premier League record 14 saves (the most of any goalkeeper for a single game). His performance was noted by a double save from Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in which one of the two efforts looked destined for the back of the net.
Having a top goalkeeper in between the sticks can sometimes be the difference between claiming the title and finishing in second place, and United have one of the world’s best in De Gea.
This performance alone showcased exactly why people consider him to be the best at his trade in the world.
Paul Pogba’s red card
What a costly decision this has turned out to be from the Frenchman as he will now miss next week’s eagerly anticipated Manchester Derby with Manchester City. Although, there has been a mixed reaction among fans and pundits as to whether Pogba should have been sent off in the first place.
In most cases, when a player elects to enter a challenge with his studs up he will be given his marching orders and on this occasion things were no different. Given United missed his attacking presence when he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, their task against Pep Guardiola’s side has now become all the more difficult.
No points but plenty of positives for Arsenal
While Arsene Wenger’s side may have not picked up any points, there is plenty of positive for them to take away from this clash. If not for De Gea, the Gunners would have probably at least have earned the share of the spoils.
While Jose Mourinho did elect to allow for Arsenal to dominate possession, Wenger should be pleased with the numerous chances his side created throughout the match.
With a busy schedule to come, there is still plenty of sign of life in Arsenal’s season.