Man United V Arsenal LIVE Football Match Score 04/09/2022
Arsenal: Having looked like they were slipping out of the top four race, a shock victory at Stamford Bridge has revived faltering hopes. Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny emerged from the peripheries of the squad to play crucial roles in an impressive win. Both players may well be playing their final few games at the Gunners with their contracts expiring at the end of the season, the same is also true of Alexandre Lacazette, who should be able to play a more sizeable role after struggling with COVID-19.
Manchester United: The long-awaited announcement of Ten Hag arrived on Thursday, and one could not help but wonder whether it was designed to wake the players out of the slumber they have slipped into under Ralf Rangnick. Its efficacy will only become apparent over the coming weeks but at the very least it seems fair to assume that nothing could be quite as bad as the directionless mess they delivered in defeat to their great rivals in the week.
The Gunners should have arguably been four or five goals to the good in the first half alone, but by continuing their theme of responding quickly after conceding, Arteta’s side remain the only team in the Premier League with a 100% record still intact. As a result, Arsenal are sitting pretty at the top of the pile – two points clear of reigning champions Manchester City – but the Gunners’ return to European football is imminent as they travel to Zurich for their maiden Europa League tie next week. Not since the 1947-48 campaign have Arsenal opened a top-flight season with six successive wins, and they went all the way to title glory that year, but Old Trafford is not a happy hunting ground for the North London club, who have won just one of their last 15 Premier League outings away to Man United.
It might no longer be the battle for English footballing supremacy that it was 20 years ago, but there is plenty at stake when Arsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium with both sides looking to stay in the top four race. A surprise 4-2 win at Chelsea on Wednesday brought the Gunners level on points with Tottenham with the north London derby looming large on the horizon; between now and then they will need to keep pace with Spurs.
United look to be outsiders to finish fourth and will certainly need to dramatically improve on their atrocious first half at Anfield, a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool which was a hammer blow to the club’s sense of self worth, which even the appointment of Erik ten Hag ahead of next season may not ease. Still the Red Devils have proven more than capable of following disaster with triumph and vice versa this season and Arsenal will be acutely aware of how dangerous this wounded beast can be.
We only trained yesterday because the day after the game was recovery,” said Rangnick. “Yesterday we trained some issues in connection with the game, but the only real training session we’re going to have is now in an hour’s time. were as disappointed as we all were, so it’s now up to the players and us to show a reaction on the pitch tomorrow.
A true test of Arsenal’s mettle commences on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, as an improving Manchester United side welcome the Gunners to the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag’s side ran out narrow 1-0 winners over Leicester City on Thursday evening, while the Gunners continued their winning streak with a 2-1 success over Aston Villa. While the rest of the footballing landscape continued to be gripped by the twists and turns of transfer deadline day, Manchester United and Leicester City took centre stage on the King Power field, and the Red Devils’ recent resurgence would deservedly continue. Jadon Sancho’s finish on the 23-minute mark secured a third Premier League win on the bounce for Man United, who are seeking to consign their torrid start to the season to history, and the defensive nous that Ten Hag’s side demonstrated on Thursday was a sight for sore eyes for the home fans.
Three consecutive wins over Liverpool, Southampton and now Leicester have lifted Man United up to fifth in the table with nine points gleaned from the opening 15 on offer, but a mere five goals is the lowest tally out of any team in the top half. Ten Hag may have spent all of Thursday preparing his players for battle in Leicester, but the Red Devils hierarchy continued to work behind the scenes until the 11pm transfer deadline and officially welcomed Antony and Martin Dubravka to Old Trafford ahead of the visit of Arsenal. Seeking to find the back of the net in a Premier League home fixture for the eighth game in a row, Man United ought to pay no attention to the fact that they have suffered three consecutive top-flight defeats in games played on a Sunday, even if Arsenal have been a different beast so far.
It was very nearly a whirlwind 24 hours for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who scored direct from a corner against Arsenal before being involved in a deadline-day transfer saga, but the Gunners’ attempts to prise him away from the West Midlands did not bear fruit. Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta’s summer business has already paid dividends to the maximum in the Premier League, and while Luiz managed to cancel out Gabriel Jesus’s opener on Wednesday night, Gabriel Martinelli was on hand to tuck home the winner 151 seconds later.