Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2
Martial 30, Lingaard 69, Mustafi 26, Lacazette 68

Arsenal took the lead twice at Old Trafford, but on both occasions, a case not for the defence came to cost the Gunners the win. Buoyed by the 4-2 thrashing of Spurs last week end, Arsenal were comfortable for large portions of the game, at a venue which has been of rare rewards in seasons past.The draw means that Unai Emery’s side are now unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions. Shkodran Mustafi gave the visitors the lead heading downwards from Lucas Torreira’s corner to cause confusion for the usually dependable David De Gea. He palmed the ball high with goal line technology revealing that the ball crossed the line despite the efforts of Ander Herrera to clear. Within four minutes, United were level. Bernd Leno made a fine save to keep out Marco Rojo’s free kick. Following up from a offside position, Herrera was the first to react, clipping the ball back for Anthony Martial to find the target.

The first half was unfortunate for Rob Holding who had to be stretchered off after 36 minutes with a knee injury following a tackle by Marcus Rashford. He was replaced by Stephan Lichsteiner. Rojo can count himself fortunate for not seeing red after an awful challenge of Gundouzi. 1-1 at the break and you knew there would be further chances and more goals. Serving a one match suspension for amassing five yellow cards, Arsenal were without Granit Xhaka. Matteo Guendouzi partnered Torreira, while Aaron Ramsey was handed the captain’s armband.

Arsenal re-took the lead through a scrambled Lacazette goal. Rojo gifted possession to the Gunners deep in his own half, and after a quick interplay sequence involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan who had replaced Ramsey at the break, Lacazette and Rojo seemed to get joint last touch of the ball as it slid beyond De Gea. Straight from the re-start however, United were level again. A simple high ball to Romelu Lukaku who was surrounded by the Arsenal defence did the damage. While the defence dithered and left it to each other to clear the ball, in swept Jesse Lingaard to beat Leno. Emery was furious on the touchline and will let his side know his thoughts.

Still, Arsenal had chances to grab a third. Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang saw his effort blocked by De Gea’s kneeling leg, while Mkhitaryan did everything but score at the near post, hitting high over the target with De Gea beaten. When the Armenian did find the target from a sharp angle, he was offside, but what  finish it was.

Despite not returning home with all three points, Emery was pleased with his side.

“I am very proud of our work and how we played and how we responded in the 90 minutes because when we were winning it was a good moment but they equalised very quickly and then we got up after the two goals. In the second half our players worked and fought to win and I think we were closer than United to getting the third goal but I think De Gea saved two or three times with good actions,” he said.

Emery preferred not to wade into the argument for Rojo to to have been sent off, but reflected on how the game would have been had VAR been used on the night which would have chalked off Martial’s leveller.

“When VAR comes in, you can’t equalise something like this, it is difficult decision for the referee. Sometimes it is for us, sometimes it is for the opposition. But I think the referee’s decision was not [decisive] for the result. I think we controlled the game and if one team deserved to win I think we did more.”

Next up for the Gunners is the arrival of Huddersfield Town at the Emirates on Saturday.