Arsenal beat Manchester United
as the league leaders restored their five-point advantage over Manchester City.
Marcus Rashford gave United an early lead with a brilliant run and strike, the
forward’s ninth goal in nine games in all competitions since the World Cup finished –
the most of any player in Europe’s big five leagues.
However, Arsenal soon leveled through Nketiah, whose powerful close-range header
made it 18 goals in his last 26 starts for the club.
Mikel Arteta’s side went ahead for the first time thanks to Bukayo Saka’s fizzing drive
from distance eight minutes into the second half.
But United were back on level terms six minutes later as Lisandro Martinez scored his
first goal for United, the Argentina World Cup winner taking advantage of Aaron
Ramsdale’s mistake to float a header into the net.
But there was late, late drama as Nketiah touched home Martin Odegaard’s mishit
shot – further improving his scoring stats – and, after a tense check for offside by the
Video Assistant Referee, the roof came off the Emirates.
As a result, Arsenal restore their five-point lead over second-placed City, who had
beaten Wolves 3-0 earlier in the day, while United – whose loss was described as a
“reality check” by Erik ten Hag – remain fourth in the table and now lie 11 points off
the leaders, who also have a game in hand on their title rivals.