Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd: Gunners reignite EPL top-four hopes with thrilling win as Tavares, Saka and Xhaka on targets; Ronaldo bags 100th PL goal, Fernandes misses pen

Arsenal made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League, following an exciting 3-1 victory over visiting Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off fixture.

The Gunners went in front through summer signing Nuno Tavares as early as the third minute – with the Portuguese scoring his first Premier League goal. Soon after, Arsenal thought they had doubled their lead through Eddie Nketiah only for the Englishman’s strike to be ruled out for offside but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) instead signalled for a penalty, which was duly converted by Bukayo Saka.

As has often been the case for the Red Devils most times this season, Cristiano Ronaldo halved the deficit through a Nemanja Matic cross into the box before half-time. It was Ronaldo’s 100th strike in the Premier League across two spells with the Old Trafford outfit and he has now found the back of the net 26 times this season.

Manchester United had a glorious chance to level proceedings when they were awarded a penalty in the second half but Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes fluffed his lines from twelve yards and at the other end, Arsenal stretched their two-goal advantage courtesy of a strike from Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from 25 yards.

The victory takes the Gunners into fourth spot on the log – three points above fellow North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, while Manchester United remain in sixth position and have now conceded more goals than Burnley in the league this campaign.


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