Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3
Lacazette 49, Valencia 4, Ligard 11, 63

If you’re going down, then best go down fighting. Arsenal saw their 12 game home winning run come to a shuddering end as Manchester United inflicted a defeat on the Gunners with a devastating early double from which Arsenal never really recovered. Antonio Valencia struck after four minutes with Jesse Lingard doubling the United lead seven minutes later. Both goals were in large part due to defensive errors from Luarent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi. Tellingly the latter was substituted after fifteen minutes which may suggest he wasn’t fully fit going into this fixture in the first place. Despite being behind, Arsenal surged forward, only to find an inspired David De Gea keep out Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette and anything else which was sent his way.

That was until Lacazette struck in from Aaron Ramsey’s cushioned pass following a cross from Alexis after the break. The Gunners poured forward to get the leveller they deserved, but left the back door wide open for Paul Pogba to cross for a Lingard tap in. United were reduced to ten men when Pogba was shown a straight red card for studs up challenge of Hector Bellerin on 74 minutes. Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck were denied nailed on penalties and that effectively killed Arsenal’s chance of mounting any kind of recovery.

With Lacazette unexpectedly recovering from the midweek groin strain, the Gunners were unchanged and were looking to build in their excellent home form. United’s early pressure and Arsenal’ unwitting defensive lapses cost the home side as first Valenica and then Lingard pounced. Despite being two down and rallied by a passionate support, Arsenal kept playing their game, but couldn’t find a way past De Gea.

Even a inadvertent Romelu Lukaku own goal bound effort was palmed away. With Mustafi off the pitch, Monreal, Koscielny and Bellerin regrouped, but it was the United defence and De Gea who were leading charmed lives. Ramsey, Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac went close.

With Lacazette halving the arrears, Alex Iwobi went close, and then with the game changing saves, De Gea saved from Lacazette and Alexis’s point blank follow up. Then another sucker punch. Ball out to Pogba, he holds off his marker to find an unmarked Lingard to tap in. 3-1 to United, but Arsenal still went at the visitors. After Pogba’s red card, Arsenal had an attack consisting of Alexis, Lacazette, Welbeck and Olivier Giroud. Welbeck saw his header sail over the target, and how he was denied a penalty when his legs were swiped from under him by Rojo will remain a mystery.

The same applies to Lacazette, when he was scythed down, but referee Andre Marriner waved play on. With five minutes of time added on, Arsenal kept on attacking. The damage had been done by then, but despite the loss, the appreciating Emirates faithful applauded a spirited performance, which deserved at least a share of the spoils.