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Nketiah strikes late as leader Arsenal edges Man United in thriller


Soccer Soccer – Premier League – Arsenal v Manchester United – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – January 22, 2023 Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah celebrates scoring their third aim Motion Photos by way of Reuters/Peter Cziborra

LONDON -Arsenal restored their five-point lead on the high of the Premier League with Eddie Nketiah scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat of Manchester United, together with a Ninetieth-minute winner, in a rip-roaring conflict at The Emirates on Sunday.

It appeared as although it could finish honors even with United resisting a late Gunners siege however Nketiah tapped in from shut vary to ship the house followers into raptures.

A sport that totally lived as much as expectations noticed Marcus Rashford give United the lead with a shocking early opener just for Nketiah to go Arsenal degree in a frantic first half.

Bukayo Saka’s flashing drive gave Arsenal the lead in the 53rd minute however Lisandro Martinez’s header leveled it up earlier than the hour mark to arrange an absorbing finale.

Saka struck the submit and Nketiah was denied by David de Gea however the hosts had been relentless as they avenged their loss to United earlier in the season — their sole defeat.

Mikel Arteta’s aspect has 50 factors from 19 video games, their greatest ever first half of a Premier League marketing campaign, with Metropolis on 45 from 20 and United in fourth place on 39, beneath Newcastle United on aim distinction.

“You possibly can see how a lot we needed to win and the way unhealthy we needed it for ourselves and our followers,” youth product Nketiah, who has scored seven objectives in his final seven video games as a stand-in for the injured Gabriel Jesus, stated.

“We stored pushing and pushing and fortunately discovered the aim.”

Arsenal’s title credentials are now not being questioned and victory over United was one other large assertion after champions Metropolis had earlier acquired to inside two factors.

United have been in excellent type, successful 5 of their final six in the league, and took that confidence into the early phases regardless of being with out suspended midfielder Casemiro.

It took them solely 17 minutes to take the lead and it was no shock it was the in-form Rashford who scored the aim.

When Arsenal misplaced the ball in midfield the ball landed on the ft of Rashford and after tricking his well past Thomas Partey he minimize in earlier than unleashing a low shot from simply exterior the penalty space that screamed inside close to submit.

It was a jolt for Arsenal who had not conceded so early all season however they responded impressively.

United needlessly conceded a nook after making an attempt to play out from the again and Arsenal labored the ball to Granit Xhaka who delivered an appetizing cross for Nketiah to time his leap completely and thump a header into the again of the web.

Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale was pressured to make a save from Scott McTominay as the frantic tempo continued till halftime.

The hosts moved up a gear in the second half and Saka gave them the lead in the 53rd minute with a aim to rival Rashford’s. Chopping in from the best he fired a shocking left-foot shot that gave De Gea no probability.

Again got here United although and 6 minutes later they had been degree when Ramsdale couldn’t deal correctly with a excessive ball and the ball bounced out to Martinez who improvised a lobbed header that nestled in the again of the web.

Arsenal started to show the screws and with 20 minutes remaining Saka nearly restored Arsenal’s lead with a carbon copy of his aim however this time the ball clipped the surface of the submit and when De Gea saved from Nketiah it appeared as although the hosts must accept a degree.

However Nketiah, who has established himself as a fan favourite, was readily available to flick dwelling from in entrance of aim in the Ninetieth minute after a low cross was deflected into his path.

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