Unai Emery’s Arsenal ends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten #PL start at Manchester United to leapfrog them into 4th on Sunday in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Xhaka and Aubameyang helped Arsenal to a win that would boost their confidence and helps their Champions League hopes for the 2019/2020 Season.
The win for Arsenal ends Manchester United’s nine-game winning run away from home under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Unai Emery started with Aubameyang and Lacazette upfront for Arsenal with Ozil getting a rare start for the Gunners.
Solskjaer on his part retained the in-form Lukaku upfront, partnering the Belgian attacker with Marcus Rashford as Anthony Martial’s return from injury could only help him with a bench slot.
Manchester United should have gone ahead in the first ten minutes of the encounter.
Romelu Lukaku steered Luke Shaw’s low cross against the crossbar from six yards out.
Three minutes later, Xhaka’s swerving strike after he collected a pass from Lacazette from 25 yards out completely bamboozled David de Gea and nestled into the left-hand corner.
David De Gea has conceded six Premier League goals from outside the box this season, double the amount he did in the competition last term.
Fred struck the base of the post as United sought a quick response, and both Marcus Rashford and Lukaku should have done better after finding space inside the penalty area.
Lukaku was denied by a good Bernd Leno save when Rashford picked him out with a clever pass.
Against the run of play, 21 minutes from time, Aubameyang sent De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot after Alexandre Lacazette went to ground under contact from Fred.
Arsenal would hold on to the win from there as Manchester United fizzled out after Aubameyang’s 20th goal of the Season.
Leno, Xhaka and Lacazette all put in a spirited performance for Arsenal as they look to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the Europa League.
Arsenal face Rennes on Thursday in their last match before the international break. United meet Wolves in next Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final