Arsenal Take The Big Champions League Place Battle For Now – Crucial First-Half Errors Cost United As De Gea and Lukaku Fluff Their Lines
By Marc Gingell
10 March 2019
|10.03. 16:30||Emirates Stadium||ATT: 60,000||Arsenal||2||Man Utd||0|
|REF: J Moss||Granit Xhaka 12′|
|Pierre Aubameyang 69′ pen|
In the last three games, Romelu Lukaku has been immense for Manchester United netting a brace in each game. But, before he started scoring against Crystal Palace and Southampton, he missed easy chances. Against those two teams, he made amends with well-taken goals. And all were more difficult than the chances he missed.
Against Arsenal, after nine minutes, he had an easy opportunity to open his account. Luke Shaw crossed from the left and Lukaku, six yards out, managed to hit the bar instead of scoring.
Granit Xhaka broke the deadlock on 12 minutes. Alexandre Lacazette picked him out about 30 yards from goal and he fired a low left-foot shot that caught De Gea totally off guard. United’s keeper, so many times a hero, will have been disappointed to let that one in.
In the second half, Arsenal were awarded a soft penalty when Fred was adjudged to have fouled Lacazette. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up and converted.
Arsenal: Leno (7), Sokratis (6), Koscielny (6), Monreal (6), Maitland-Niles (6), Xhaka (7), Ramsey (8), Kolasinac (7), Ozil (6), Aubameyang (7), Lacazette (6).
Subs: Iwobi (6), Suarez (5), Nketiah (n/a).
Man Utd: De Gea (4), Young (5), Smalling (5), Lindelof (5), Shaw (6), Dalot (6), Matic (5), Fred (5), Pogba (6), Rashford (6), Lukaku (6).
Subs: Martial (5), Greenwood (5).
Man of the Match: Aaron Ramsey.
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