Arsenal come out on top in thriller

League leaders Arsenal emphasised their title credentials with a comeback 3-2 win against Manchester United, thanks to striker Eddie Nketiah’s late strike. Visitors United took the lead through in-form Marcus Rashford, who scored a 25-yard beauty.

The Gunners who lost out to arch-rivals Tottenham last year in the race for the top four have been a team transformed this year. Granted they have yet to face champions Manchester City, but Liverpool, Man United and Spurs away have been tough games, but games won in a professional fashion.

It’s been a very impressive transformation for Mikel Arteta’s side. Last year, I was very critical of Arsenal, in too many big games, like the North London derby last season, Arteta’s side would crumble, but not this year.

As impressive as the results have been for Arsenal, what’s arguably been more impressive is that when Man City drops points, more times than not they have taken full advantage.

After City won 3-0 against an improving Wolves, the pressure was on Arsenal to get a win, which for long periods looked like it wasn’t going to happen, but Eddie Nketiah and The Gunners had different ideas.

After going on a 15-game unbeaten run, it’s been a difficult week for United, after they threw away a lead at Crystal Palace late and conceded late on in the game to lose the match.

The suspension of Casamerio was put in plain sight more as Man United lost without him and conceded three times. More times than not, you will not win football matches, if you conceded three times away from home.

Next for Manchester United, they will be up against their former midfielder Paul Ince, who brings his Reading side to Old Trafford for the fourth round of the FA Cup.

As for Arsenal, they’re up against Premier League champions Manchester City in the Friday game. The game between the two sides, who have yet to play against each other in the league, just might give us a hint as to how the two league games will pan out.

We shall wait and see.

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