Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1
Pogba 16, Fellaini 91, Mkhitaryan 51

Arsene Wenger’s final match as Arsenal manager ended in injury time heartache when Maroune Fellaini headed in the winner for Manchester United. Paul Pogba put United ahead in after sixteen minutes and the home side looked comfortable against a very inexperienced Gunners line up. Former United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan levelled six minutes after the break and honours even seemed to be about the right result until the late drama. In the first minute of the four of time added on, Fellaini rose to head past David Ospina as Arsenal once again lost focus so close to the end. The Gunners poor away form continues. Wenger’s men remain the only side without an away point this year. Following the announcement that Wenger will leave N5 at the end of the season, current and former managerial foes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho presented a pre-match silver commemorative vase to the Frenchman in recognition of his 22 years at Arsenal, and at the scene of some very memorable battles between the two clubs, Wenger was afforded unusually warm applause from the Old Trafford faithful.

With Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Thursday in mind, Wenger made eight changes this team. 20 year old Dinos Mavropanos made his Premier League debut in a centre back pairing alongside Calum Chambers. The pair did well and Mavropanos impressed with some intelligent anticipation and tough tackling. Both qualities have been lacking of late, but the post Wenger era looks bright. Ainsley Maitland-Niles also impressed and whoever Arsenal appoint to take over from Wenger will be fortunate enough to inherit these two young talents.

In what has become an all too familiar post-match summary of late, Wenger was left frustrated by the late winner and lamented what might have been.

“It’s a sickener but overall I believe the positive performance was there, and some players stood up to the level that was requested and showed a big quality. I would say our central defence has done well. Mavropanos, who nobody knew before, has done well. Maitland-Niles has done well too. Of course we know the experienced players who played, but Iwobi did well in the first half too, and tired in the second half. Overall these are all players who have shown great qualities.”

Wenger went on to praise and thank the classy gesture by United to mark his final trip to Manchester.

“It was the first time I had got a trophy before the game,” smiled Wenger. “It’s the end of a long, long story. I would like to thank Manchester United for the gesture they made. They will certainly be competing with Arsenal in the future again, and I will be following that with attention, and hopefully Arsenal come here next season and win.”

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