Sunday’s version of the Arsenal-Manchester United game, the Gunners’ throbbing 3-2 victory at the Emirates Stadium, taught the Premier League a new but familiar lesson.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United has been revived, and fans and neutrals alike will be dreaming that this rivalry will be what it was at the beginning of this century.
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Eddy Nketiah completed his brace with a 90th-minute winner, joining Bukayo Saki’s stunning goal on the scoresheet to eclipse Manchester United’s goals from Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez.
The Gunners just keep playing as top-ranked youngsters Mikel Arteta beat arch rivals Tottenham and now longtime enemies Manchester United in one week to amass 50 points and extend their table lead to five points over “Manchester city”. -arm.
But Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United showed courage after losing to Crystal Palace midweek, battling fatigue before bouncing back. The Red Devils are 39 points behind Newcastle United, who are third on goal difference.
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Arsenal-Manchester United rivalry duly revived (or at least revitalized)
We needed it.
There is a certain non-geographic rivalry in the Premier League that just makes the list complete and for a long time we have been waiting for Arsenal and Manchester United to give us a top four fight with meaning.
Sunday’s clash joins United’s early-season victory, revitalizing the rivalry and allowing fans on both sides – and neutrals alike – to wonder if there’s any hope of Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag giving us a mini-Arsene Wenger against Alex Ferguson.
The clash between Bruno Fernandez and Gabriel Magalhaes gave us hints of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira (in different positions, of course), and the fire in the eyes of scorers Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, in particular, showed us what it means to score a goal. big goal in this fixture.
What would it look like with Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus and Diogo Dalot?
Arsenal project still slightly ahead of Manchester United
Erik ten Hag doesn’t have all of his pieces, and the distance between the two sides may not be an abyss, but it’s still noticeable.
Even with home advantage, injuries to Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial and, most importantly, Casemiro’s suspension, Arsenal were ready to jump in and United spent most of the day adjusting to the hosts’ dictates.
Tomas Parti and Granit Xhaka limited the still influential Bruno Fernandes and the Gunners had over half the ball plus a significant lead in shot attempts and expected goals.
But Ten Hag’s defense didn’t give much chance to the gifted team, who needed Saki’s remarkable goal on their way to the points – there are questions about spins on Nketiah’s marker – and Rafael Varane was something of a cheat when he was healthy. .
United are now one step behind the Gunners and Nketiah’s win was well-deserved and decisive, but sign us up for front row seats when those games come up next season.
Arsenal travel to Manchester City for the FA Cup fourth round game on Friday ahead of the Premier League’s visit to Everton on 4 February.
Manchester United will play three cup matches ahead of their next Premier League match on 4 February against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. United will travel to Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday, host Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday and then face Forest in the second leg on 1 February.
Mikel Arteta’s reaction
“There is nothing better than after a derby to come here and win in a way that makes it even better. …. Mentally and emotionally, we were really collected and at the same time determined. We never panicked and continued to believe, doing the same even better than before.
“You can talk about maturity, but it was about faith and quality, to show perseverance to take the game where we wanted. I am delighted and thank the audience.”
Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United highlights video: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United
Marcus Rashford goal video: Manchester United lead 1-0 (17′)
Eddie Nketiah goal video: Granit Xhaka scores fifth Premier League assist this season (24′)
Bukayo Saka goal video: Arsenal star scores fantastic goal from long range (53′)
Lisandro Martínez goal video: Desperate header clears the ball over the line (59′)
Video of Eddie Nketiah’s goal: Dexterous touch secures Arsenal victory (90′)
Eddie Nketiah plays MASSIVE.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 22, 2023
How to watch Arsenal vs Manchester United live, streaming link and start time
Start: 11:30 AM ET, Sunday.
TV channel: NBC
Online: Broadcast via NBCSports.com
Key storylines and players in good shape to keep an eye on
Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, William Saliba and Aaron Ramsdale continue to excel and Arsenal are fit and loaded thanks to the backbone of the team. Even without Gabriel Jesus, they didn’t miss a beat, and Eddie Nketiah fit in perfectly. After that clash with United, they have an FA Cup game and then a Premier League clash with Manchester City to negotiate, but then a very easy streak. Being at the top of the table at this stage is truly deserved, and in the event of a victory over United, many predict that the Gunners have one hand in the Premier League trophy.
United slipped midweek to Palace as a stunning stoppage-time free kick from Michael Olize robbed them of another victory. United have not been ruthless enough, but they are still way ahead of what everyone thought they would be this season. Marcus Rashford has been on a roll in recent weeks while Luke Shaw has been a revelation at centre-back, but he was at his usual left-back for a tasty fight with Saka. Bruno Fernandes has scored in consecutive matches and is leading an attacking group and Casemiro has been an exceptional player but he is suspended for this game which is a serious blow. Scott McTominay or Fred are expected to replace him in the squad along with Christian Eriksen in midfield.
Arsenal news, injuries, squad
Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson are sidelined while Mohamed Elneni is hit. Mikel Arteta is releasing the same starting XI again, and why not?
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🧱 Gabriel from behind
🪄 Odegaard in midfield
📞 Nketia is in the lead
👊 Fight together! pic.twitter.com/OjJqnWU9W9
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 22, 2023
Manchester United team news, injuries, squad
Jadon Sancho, Diogo Dalot and Donnie van de Beek were injured and Casemiro was suspended. Scott McTominay replaces Casemiro in the starting lineup while Anthony Martial remains on the sidelines, so Wout Weghorst comes out on top again.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2023
Newcastle are 90 minutes away from the League Cup final after beating Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final between the teams at St Mary’s on Tuesday.
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The second leg at St James’ Park will take place next week next Tuesday 31 January. Southampton take on Blackpool in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Saturday…