Sunday 22 January 2023

Arsenal 3-2 Man U

Quite how Arsenal won this game is hard to fathom. This was a Man U team in form on an unbeaten run, but Arsenal would not be denied.

Five points clear at the top with fifty points on the board and without Gabby Jesus, Eddie Nketiah has stepped up just at the right time. Of course, the number 14 added the merest of touches to net in the final seconds, after the ball had been pinballing around the Man U box. Nketiah, the poacher, could have had the goal chalked off, but it passed the VAR steward's enquiry, which was understandable, considering that Zinchenko looked a tad offside. However, the goal stood.

Before that, Arsenal had taken the league with a howitzer from Saka. He almost added another later, but his effort hit the outside of the post, after a brave header from Martinez restored parity.

Overall, Arsenal have much to be pleased about. As well as another win against a top rival, Trossard's debut was strong, and he added to Man U's challenges with his dribbling skill.

Tomiyasu also played well, coming on at half time, perhaps to deal with the threat of Rashford, unless White was withdrawn for other reasons rather than tactical.

In the final analysis, the character of Arsenal shone through and long may it continue, as this still a long road ahead. Well, it's 19 games actually. Could this team achieve 100 point? Saka says: 'Stay humble,' and he's right. The 'belief' is keeping the team going, but Nketiah should have got man-of-the-match, despite Saka's brilliance.

No matter what, this team keeps going. Even though Arteta kept giving people snot Richard Keys something to moan about, by getting booked, the belief Saka talks about, which comes from the coach, is keeping Arsenal top of the league. Now let's see if the team can keep this momentum going.

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