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Arsenal 3 – 1 Manchester United: Gunners make dominance count

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Arsenal bagged themselves three points against Manchester United in dramatic circumstances after scoring twice in injury time. 

The game looked to be heading for a draw before Arsenal got their reward for their endeavour as their summer signing and the returning Gabriel Jesus both scored in stoppage time to win a controversial encounter that saw VAR thwart both teams.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for United who had struggled to offer much before their swift counter that saw them take the lead.  The joy in the away end of the away side didn’t last long, 35 seconds in fact following the restart, as Gabriel Martinelli found Martin Odegaard on the edge of the box and he fired home to ignite the Emirates.

VAR then intervened to deny Kai Havertz a second-half penalty, which left Mikel Arteta less than impressed. Alejandro Garnacho thought he had himself an 89th-minute winner, only for VAR to again have its say and curtail the pandemonium in the away end.

It really was a pulsating game that brought some memories to the fore of clashes between the two sides of old.

Who stood out?

William Saliba put in an outstanding display alongside Gabriel who was steady on his return to the starting XI. The Frenchman made a crucial goal-saving block to deny Rashford at the start of the second half and eased Rasmus Hojlund off the ball in a dangerous area late on.

Martin Odegaard pulled the strings and capped his performance off with a goal. He was threat through the entire game and is working his way to becoming one of the best players in the Premier League. Rice of course was impressive, putting in an imposing display before capping his performance off with a goal.

Gabriel Martinelli caused Aaron Wan-Bissaka problems throughout the game and provided and exciting battle.

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