Arsenal 2-0 Man United: 3 reasons why Arsenal defeated United

Arsenal 2-0 Man United: 3 reasons why Arsenal defeated United

Arsenal 2-0 Man United: 3 reasons why Arsenal defeated United

Chelsea have a game in hand over their rivals but will only leapfrog Arsenal if they win by a six-goal margin.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat in the English Premier League as caretaker manager of Manchester United, as his side was beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka scored with a long-range effort that swerved past David De Gea after 12 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead in the second half with a penalty after referee Jon Moss decided Fred had brought down Alexandre Lacazette.

There are just five points separating sixth-placed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in third, meaning the race for Champions League qualification looks set to go down to the wire.

"They (United) were in a good moment after one result against PSG but we had a big performance and we are in a good moment in the Premier League", he said.

European trips to France for both sides in midweek produced vastly contrasting results as United shocked free-spending Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

The 10-man Gunners suffered a demoralising 3-1 defeat in the last-16 first leg at Roazhon Park on Thursday, leaving an uphill task in the upcoming return tie.

But for Emery it is all about emphasising the idea of positive energy.

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Lukaku was denied by a good Bernd Leno save when Rashford picked him out with a clever pass, and the German was out again to smother the ball at the feet of the England striker as United's pressure grew.

"I can't remember any saves that David had to make, proper saves".

Sadio Mane was also on the scoresheet twice in a game in which Liverpool were required to respond to falling a goal behind against Sean Dyche's struggling side. "We had the ideal mixture of fighting the opponent, fighting the circumstances and playing football".

"Being consistent is very important", Emery said after the win.

Aubameyang missed a last-minute penalty to win the north London derby against Tottenham last weekend, but made no mistake to leave the visitors a mountain to climb.

Solskjaer's time at United as a player and over the past three months has been littered with late drama.

I don't know why he's not so sure about it, it's gone in the centre of the goal from 30 yards.

"At the moment there are three clubs fighting for one place, but obviously if we get the three points on the weekend it will be ideal for us".

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