I didn’t know where the belief of Manchester United would not lose to Arsenal came from since Monday morning, which was when I realized there was a midweek fixture between both teams. I was so sure the Red Devils wouldn’t lose and I kept hammering this to my colleagues who were always quick to refer me to our horrible form against smaller teams. I took the bants in my stride and said time will tell.
Now don’t get me wrong, my team still has not been impressive but this is Arsenal, omo wa naa shi ni won (they are still our children) and just in case you didn’t know, Manchester United have not lost a Premier League game against Arsenal at Old Trafford in 12 years. Now that’s what you call BRAGGING RIGHTS !!!
In the game which took place at United’s Old Trafford ground, both teams adopted what their respective managers will call a 3-5-2 formation (I saw it as a 5-3-2 formation) but the player that piqued my interest was my beloved Manchester United’s 19 year old fullback Diogo Dalot. I have seen him play a few times and with what I have seen he can bend a ball (cross), the only worry I had was the United gaffer didn’t use any big player. Well the manager knew best. I was particularly happy my favourite Arsenal player, Aaron Ramsey made the cut for his team and he was also captain of the side. It would be foolish if they let him go next summer.
Arsenal have never gone into the half time break of any Premier League match this season ahead or leading and that was some sort of consolation when they went ahead no thanks to a David De Gea gaffe in the 26th minute. It wasn’t long before United got an equalizer (in the 30th minute) and though Arsenal fans and neutrals would say Ander Herrera was offside during the build up to the goal, they can like to go and argue with the referees and the Football Association. 1:1 and so it remained till half time. Arsenal still yet to win in the first half of a 2018/19 Premier League tie.
The second half was a cracker and though I was still confident United was not going to lose I was seriously praying Arsenal didn’t take the lead first. They did and it was substitute Alexandre Lacazette who put them ahead in the 67th minute. I did not have to wait too long before the Red Devils got an equalizer 13 seconds later through Jesse Lingard.
Both sides pushed for the win with Arsenal coming closest. Henrik Mkhitaryan put the ball at the back of the net but was rightly ruled off for offside. 2:2 the game ended at Old Trafford.
Undefeated heavyweight boxer and the self acclaimed Gypsy King, Tyson Fury was amongst the crowd sporting a Manchester United muffler in support of the Red Devils.
Both sides dropped down a step respectively on the log with Arsenal being replaced in 4th position by London rivals Chelsea whom was also overtaken by Tottenham who now occupy 3rd position and United pegged back by Bournemouth who beat Huddersfield Town 2:1 the preceding day.
Thanks for your time guys, up next for my darling Manchester United is the visit of Fulham.