We were being sold this meeting as a new installment in the great rivalry between the Gunners and the Red Devils, the Keane vs Vieira, the “Invincibles” and the famous 8-2. But this match counting for the 7th day of the 2020-2021 English championship will not be remembered. Tonight, we were far from Arsene Wenger against Sir Alex Ferguson. The meeting, if it did not reach epic proportions, was nevertheless disputed at a very good pace. The men of Arteta having dominated the first act, without succeeding in finding the loophole in the defense of the flock of Solskjaer. The Red Devils were on the prowl, giving themselves a cutting opportunity in the 21st minute with a cross shot from Greenwood knocked back by Leno’s foot. 5 minutes before the break, a roll-up from Willian brushed against the crossbar of a beaten De Gea. But the scorecard of this shock remained unchanged at the break.
Encouraging signs …
But still no breakthrough in Manchester.#MUNARS 👹 0-0 ⚪️ (HT)
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 1, 2020
The very expensive summer recruit of the Gunners, Thomas Partey, had forced into silence most of the Mancunian offensive inclinations in the first period. A solid base on which to build offensives, as on this acceleration of Lacazette, which would benefit Aubameyang, who opened his right foot for a strike whose trajectory spun flush with the right post of the Red Devils (52nd). Three minutes later, on a free kick in favor of Manchester United, Maguire put a head that spun aside in a match still undecided.
It was Pogba who was going to change the match, but not in the direction desired by the French player, who unbalanced Bellerin in the zone of truth. Aubameyang converted the penalty and Arsenal led at Old Trafford with 20 minutes remaining. Arsenal also had success, with Gabriel Magalhães tackling Greenwood from behind when he was already warned, but who miraculously escaped second yellow water (74th). And 5 minutes from time, Donny Van de Beek attempted a cross where Elneny plunged to the near post and deflected the leather on his upright. The score would no longer change and Arsenal won on the smallest of margins (1-0), offering themselves three points, some playful certainties and a prestigious success in the process.