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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores a penalty for Arsenal against Manchester United
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the first player since Alexis Sanchez to reach 20 goals in a single campaign for Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first Premier League defeat since being appointed Manchester United's interim manager as Arsenal leapfrogged their opponents to move into the top four.

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area, which the United keeper was expected to stop.

Romelu Lukaku hit the bar while the game was goalless, when it appeared easier to score, and, soon after Arsenal took the lead, Brazilian midfielder Fred struck a post for United.

Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno also produced two crucial saves to keep out Lukaku, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts' lead from the penalty spot after Fred's foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

Soon after Arsenal's second goal, a fan ran on to the pitch and shoved United defender Chris Smalling before being removed by stewards.

The Gunners have won seven out of 10 top-flight games in 2019 and are one point behind north London rivals Tottenham, who sit third in the table, with eight games remaining.

United, who started the weekend in fourth, drop to fifth in the race for a Champions League spot next season.

Top of the Premier League table
Four points separate third from sixth in the Premier League

Arsenal turn on the style to sink United

"Tottenham Hotspur, we're coming for you" chants filled Emirates Stadium at the final whistle as Arsenal fans celebrated a crucial win.

Last weekend, Aubameyang left Wembley dejected after his last-minute penalty was saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris to deny Arsenal victory in the North London derby.

Against United, he stepped forward and beat De Gea from the spot to seal a first victory over the Red Devils in five league and cup meetings.

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It was awarded after Fred's forearm nudged into Lacazette, sending the French forward tumbling inside the box.

Lacazette inspired one of Arsenal's finest days under Unai Emery's command.

The Gunners were sharp, lively and industrious as they made amends after United eliminated them from the FA Cup six weeks ago.

Emery named six players who started Thursday's Europa League defeat by Rennes in his starting line-up, but there was little sign of fatigue as the hosts came flying out of traps.

They opened the scoring with their only shot on target in the first half, Xhaka deceiving De Gea with a shot that left the United keeper rooted to his line.

Leno was also key for Gunners.

The German did well to frustrate Lukaku as the Belgium forward threatened to go around and equalise, before denying the same player with an outstretched leg after half-time.

Arsenal have now played all their Champions League chasing rivals - a place in Europe's most prestigious competition next season is very much in their own hands.

Race for the Premier League top four
ArsenalChelseaMan UtdTottenham
17 March Everton (A)
31 March Cardiff (A)30 March Watford (H)31 March Liverpool (A)
1 April Newcastle (H)2 April Wolves (A)
7 April Everton (A)8 April West Ham (H)7 April Brighton (H)
15 April Watford (A)14 April Liverpool (A)13 April West Ham (H)13 April Huddersfield (H)
20 April Crystal Palace (H)22 April Burnley (H)21 April Everton (A)20 April Manchester City (A)
24 April Man City (H)
29 April Leicester (A)28 April Man Utd (A)28 April Chelsea (H)27 April West Ham (H)
4 May Brighton (H)4 May Watford (H)4 May Huddersfield (A)4 May Bournemouth (A)
12 May Burnley (A)12 May Leicester (A)12 May Cardiff (H)12 May Everton (H)
Wolves (A) Date TBCBrighton (H) Date TBCCrystal Palace (H) Date TBC

How will United respond?

United have got used to winning under Solskjaer and it will be interesting to see how they respond to a first domestic setback under the Norwegian.

After their incredible midweek exploits against Paris St-Germain, they started slowly - although Lukaku will wonder how he did not put United ahead from their first serious attack.

The visitors paid the price when they conceded their earliest league goal under Solskjaer and, despite creating chances, were not clinical enough in the final third.

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Manchester United didn't deserve to lose - Solskjaer

Paul Pogba was disappointing on his return to the side but he was by no means the only United player who failed to reach recent heights.

This was only United's second defeat in 18 league and cup games under Solskjaer.

A place in the top four remains in their sight, although they will need an immediate reaction when they return to league action after this month's international break.

Man of the match - Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Arsenal score against Manchester United
Alexandre Lacazette was immense and delivered a powerful performance to help his side secure a fourth win in five league games.

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  • Arsenal have won 12 points from 10 games against fellow 'big six' sides in the Premier League this season, double the amount they won in such games last term.
  • Manchester United lost away from home for the first time since 16 December.
  • Six of Granit Xhaka's seven Premier League goals for Arsenal have come from outside the box.
  • United failed to score for the first time in 22 away games in all competitions this season, last failing to find the net on the road in May 2018 at West Ham.
  • David de Gea has made two errors leading to a goal in the Premier League this season - both of them against Arsenal.

What's next?

Arsenal will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they entertain Ligue 1 side Rennes in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday (20:00 GMT). United are in FA Cup quarter-final action next Saturday at Wolves (19:55), a match which is live on BBC One.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 5PapastathopoulosBooked at 38mins
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 8Ramsey
  • 34Xhaka
  • 31KolasinacBooked at 90mins
  • 10ÖzilSubstituted forIwobiat 77'minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 86'minutes
  • 14AubameyangSubstituted forD Suárezat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 4Elneny
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Mustafi
  • 22D Suárez
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 49Nketiah

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 18Young
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23Shaw
  • 20DalotSubstituted forMartialat 71'minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 31MaticBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGreenwoodat 80'minutes
  • 6PogbaBooked at 76mins
  • 10Rashford
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 11Martial
  • 15Pereira
  • 16Rojo
  • 22Romero
  • 39McTominay
  • 54Greenwood
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
60,000

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Manchester United 0.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

Booking

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Denis Suárez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Denis Suárez replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Nemanja Matic.

Foul by Fred (Manchester United).

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Manchester United. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Chris Smalling is caught offside.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

Sokratis (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Mesut Özil.

Booking

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sokratis (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Offside, Arsenal. Sokratis tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sokratis with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Diogo Dalot.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Manchester United 0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City30242479215874
2Liverpool30227168175173
3Tottenham30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Man Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea29176650311957
7Wolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham30116133743-639
10Leicester30115143842-438
11Everton30107134142-137
12Bournemouth30114154154-1337
13Newcastle3097142938-934
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3086163457-2330
18Cardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3045212868-4017
20Huddersfield3035221553-3814
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