Report: Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Result: Manchester United  2–2  Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 5th December 2018
Venue: Old Trafford

Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Nketiah


Arsenal and Manchester United shared four scrappy goals in a frantic encounter at a soggy Old Trafford.

Goal-line technology stamped a mark of approval on Shkodran Mustafi’s 26th-minute header before Anthony Martial took advantage of lax defending to level for the home side four minutes later.

A scrappy affair, pockmarked by injuries to both sides, then came to life after the break. Substitute Alex Lacazette, with a helping hand from Marcos Rojo, bundled home to restore the Gunners lead on 68 minutes but it lasted only 90 seconds before Jessie Lindgard restored parity. There were chances for us to win it, but David De Dea underlined his quality with two fine saves from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The result sees Unai Emery’s side stretch the unbeaten run to 20 games, however, we fall out of the top four due to results elsewhere.

First half

Jose Mourinho may have been forced into a number of changes, but under the lights, on a wet Manchester evening, his side were never going to find it hard to get the crowd going.

Old Trafford greeted an early Rashford effort, hit straight at Leno, with a huge roar and their was further bursts of encouragement with every misplaced pass by Arsenal. We looked a bit shaky initially, especially our three centre-backs trying to build play from the back, but there’s been nothing unusual about that this season.

Guendouzi tried to calm Torreira after the Uruguayan gave the ball away and Emery wailed at Iwobi after an over hit pass went for a goal-kick. We were careless more than cautious, but at least everyone was communicating.

We started to build attacks down the left with regularity. Kolasinac, bounding inside Diogo Dalot, was often the target. The first couple of times he made pullbacks that didn’t find anyone in a spearmint shirt, then on 25 minutes another dart forward forced a corner. Old Trafford quietened.

Torreira hit a straight ball to the penalty spot and Mustafi, getting the better of Smalling, headed the ball downwards forcing De Gea to flap the ball backwards. It looped over the Spaniard and was hacked clear off the line by Herrera. The referee looked at his watch. Goal to Arsenal! The ball had crossed the line. Cue pandemonium in the away end. (1-0)

Very annoyingly, the lead lasted only five minutes. Guendouzi’s foul on Martial 25-yards out gave Rojo the chance to test Leno with a set piece. The German made a decent save down to his left but from there, we were slow to react. From the byline, Herrera cut the ball back to Martial who scored from five yards out despite the presence of four Arsenal players. (1-1)

Life became even more difficult when Rob Holding suffered an awkward fall on the touchline that required extensive treatment. He was stretchered away in real pain to be replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Swiss was immediately done for pace by Rashford who then drew a sliding tackle from Mustafi just outside the box on the byline.

Referee Andre Mariner waved a yellow at the German. In the space of five minutes, he produced four more. Rojo, Lindgard, Bellerin and Matic all went in the book as a scrappy game turned tetchy. Worryingly, Aaron Ramsey also required extensive treatment after twisting his ankle and the Welshman did well to limp through to the break.

Second half

There was no change of shape for the second half, but Ramsey was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was returning to Old Trafford for the first time since his January move.

Neither side seemed particularly fussed about going for the jugular. United, who’ve been criticised this season for the laboured build-up play, were true to form and in response, we sat back and soaked up their occasional probing.

A Dalot run down the right was a flash of danger but he dallied on the ball when he went to cross and Mustafi cleared. The noise rose again as Leno tipped over Rojo’s drive.

Back came Arsenal. Like the first half, Kolasinac on the left was the outlet, but his final ball was found wanting. Emery recognised the need for change and sent on Lacazette for Iwobi. The Frenchman took up a central position and Aubameyang, who’d been anonymous, went left. Mourinho also switched things up, sending on Lukaku for the injured Martial.

Out of nothing, the game exploded into life. And it started with us taking the lead again.

Rojo, trying to play the ball out of defence under pressure from Mkhitaryan, gave the ball to Lacazette who charged forward. A quick one-two with our Armenian put him one-on-one with De Gea, but before he could shoot, Rojo ploughed through the back of him and the ball dribbled into the net. Lacazette was left in a heap, initially mobbed by teammates but then the medical team. (2-1)

The treatment was the only thing that delayed a United equaliser. Straight from kick-off, we fell to pieces at the back and Lindgard nipped in front of Kolasinac, who’d made a terrible attempt at a back pass, to slip the ball under Leno. There were less than 90 seconds between the goals. (2-2)

We wrestled the momentum back and squandered two glorious chances to restore our lead. De Gea stopped Aubameyang from close range, then Mkhitaryan clipped over from a yard when it was harder to do that than score. The United keeper then flung himself to his left to tip an Aubameyang curler around the post. In between, Mourinho sent on Fellaini and Pogba.

On the touchline, Emery and Mourinho were full of nervous energy, flinging their arms in despair. Both wanted order, shape and a bit of calm. It wasn’t forthcoming.

Leno nearly spilled a Rashford swirler. Torreira went in the book. Fellaini pulled Guendouzi’s hair and Lacazette headed the ball out of De Gea’s hand to put the ball in the back of the net. He was the only one in the ground who tried to celebrate.

Deep into stoppage time we continued to search for a winner. De Gea saved a Torreira drive and Mkhitaryan put the ball in the net, but he was offside as he swung his terrific volley in from a tight angle. It was the last meaningful action of a crazy night.

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Pedant
Pedant

Deserved to win but at least we didn’t lose. Proud of the team, 20 games undefeated!

David C
David C

That’s a good attitude, kind of how most of us feel I’m sure. I really think we should have kept Sokratis in the middle of the back 3. Crappy defending for their goals, lucky lucky Man U

N10
N10

I agree with David, “deserved to win but at least we didn’t lose” sums it up nicely. With the yellows flying, slippery pitch, post NLD hangover, and a few injuries, that could have been the game.

Gutted for Rob though. Really, really, really hope he comes back strong, and quickly.

The Suits better put “Central Defender” back on their January list, if they’d ever taken it off.

WallyT
WallyT

Nice game. Arsenal of old would have lost focus bcos of the bullying tactics employed by Maureen, but they didn’t; torreira and kolasinac in particular stood up to them and in the end only one team seemed content with a draw. Arsenal just need to improve concentration-wise at the back. The two goals conceded could’ve certainly been avoided, I hope we learn from them. Leno didn’t make any save of note today, and that shows how dominant we were. Luck was on their side today, it certainly won’t be there at the Emirates. Guendouzi…

Maniac

What an absolute shambles of a football match. The injuries, the officiating, the goals. Only positive is that we kept our unbeaten run going.

James
James

The defending… some bad mistakes in there. Gutted to lose Holding.

Was praying for a win tonight, we haven’t beaten United at theirs for too long

Maniac

We haven’t beaten United at Old Trafford in the Premier League since September 2006. We just can’t seem to win there.

Man
Man

And that Avon rag of a kit. Would’ve won it in yellow and blue.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

agreed, that kit is rubbish.

Makes me hanker even more for the return of the 1982 away shirt.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

The elder one has spoken

kaius
kaius

Puma’s got us out there looking like extras from a Kanye West fashion show.

Adidas better have the memo for next season – classic away colours only!

Professor Gooner
Professor Gooner

I’m pleased to here Mustaphi not giving excuse aboit they were tired after smashing Sp*rs too

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yeah Mustafi came across well in his interview – calm and balanced

Jack
Jack

If only Mkhitaryan hadn’t been offside right at the end! Great finish though!

Hantal
Hantal

With any luck such a sweet finish will be the confidence boost he needs

myrtle
myrtle

Thought he really played with a point to prove when he came on. Should have buried that near post flick, but at least he was there. Great response.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Mojo did very well yeah, nice feint and then pull back for what should’ve been another Arsenal goal

Hantal
Hantal

I think both teams can be relieved and frustrated after that.
Was nice to see Sokratis giving the elbow cunt a telling off at the end (who the hell pulls hair?)

Is expecting a bit of rotation for Saturday, a lot of knocks today

Thierry Ennui
Thierry Ennui

from papa don’t preach:

Papa sta populous, no need to worry keep,
Papa sta populous, this defence ain’t losing sleep,
‘cos we’re losing our minds,
Papa is our baby

early attempt, but maybe?… 🙂

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Girls and children pull hair. That’s it!

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Fellaini is such a twunt. All he can do is foul.

ricky rick
ricky rick

I’m sure the defense will get better. Their keeper saved them again.

poldimacht

It can only get better. It was fucking awful in defence tonight

BW9

Last season, we could have easily gone the past 2 games and lost them both. 4 points in the last 2 is a good result for me.

kaius
kaius

In a sense, they needed the 3pts more than we did.

And the result keeps the pressure on Mourinho so he’ll be stewing tonight. Gotta enjoy life’s small pleasures

N10
N10

Yes and I also think if we’d won tonight, maybe he’d have been sacked. Silver lining innit.

btw
btw

Possible points from last 2 matches
6
4
3
2
1
0
Quite happy with 4

Richie

Great match, really enjoyed that. On the face of it, a win against Spurs and a draw at Old Trafford is a decent return, now let’s go and beat Huddersfield on Saturday in the Sir Herbert Chapman derby.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

This was a tricky fixture and one we would have definitely lost last year. We could have done with Ozil. Our creative players are not creating

Hantal
Hantal

Far too physical for him tonight

poldimacht

The notion that Özil cannot handle himself in physical matches is a farce. He was MOTM against Pool and Spuds last year in very physically demanding games. Can’t believe you buy into the media rhetoric without using your brain

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

I think Ozil with 15 mins to go off the bench would of been magical once the teams got tired legs and the midfield opened up a bit. Problem is with the injuries that option would of likely been taken away from Unai anyways.
All bollocks of course, because without him even on the bench its just airy fairy magical land of dreams stuff.

Zenithreptile
Zenithreptile

Missed Xhaka

kaius
kaius

Yeah but we survived without him and blooding young Guendouzi at Old Trafford will be great for his development.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

R To The O To The N-N-N, I said Swanson’s got swag the size of Big Ben…Clock

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Thought we had a decent number of chances for an away game at United with them having basically 7 defenders on the pitch. Auba had one of these days as he had against Chelsea without having such a big number of chances as he had in that game but still enough to win it for us. Bellerin could easily have scored with that late shot, too. But United tried to do it the hard way and they got the hard way from us. They never controlled the game. Not even for short periods (maybe apart from the first 5 minutes) Strong performance from the boys. Still unbeaten and – with all due respect – 4 winnable games coming up in the league before we face the mugsmashers again. Project 12 and then let’s see if we can do at Anfield what should have happened today and win away at one of the big boys grounds.

luka6234
luka6234

they dominated first 10min in the second half tbh. but i think we were very unlucky not to win

Bergkamp 3:16
Bergkamp 3:16

Lichsteiner you inglorious bastard. I love you!

I love this teams steely demeanour.

Fuck Mourinho

Hantal
Hantal

Expand?

Bergkamp 3:16
Bergkamp 3:16

Cynicism at the end. Holding his head at the end to waste time. Slowed the game down and gave the players a little breather.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

yes, I spotted that too. A little bit of “clever clogs” when it was needed to see the game out.

That’s the Juventus mentality in Lich coming out….”if we’re not going to win it I’ll make doubly sure we kill enough time to ensure we don’t lose”.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

Contract?

Girona-Gunner
Girona-Gunner

That was top class shit housery at the end yep 👍🏻

Man Manny
Man Manny

Man U will be the happier of the two teams.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Can’t be too angry with them, after the exertions of the spuds. I would have taken a win at home and draw away before hand and I am confident we will stuff them at the emirates

Mikeytaryan
Mikeytaryan

I honestly think if we had Xhaka this would’ve been a MUCH easier game. Needless to say I’m satisfied with the draw in the context of the Spurs game and we’re still unbeaten 💪🏽

ricky rick
ricky rick

I thought Guendouzi was really good tho, but maybe a little physically he got tired late on.

Caught in two minds
Caught in two minds

May be communications amongst defenders and keeper needed to be better. Nothing to do with Xhaka his replacement played very well i thought…besides De Gea made some good saves as well.
It was not our day to begin with. Two players off injured. Niggly fouls by UTD and Rojo shouldn’t be on the pitch. Mariner bottled it. Many things went wrong for us and we still eneded up with a draw…previously we would have lost this one at old trafford.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

Rojo should never be on the pitch. That fouly bastard has done enough damage through fouls to be permanently banned.

Jeff
Jeff

Did anyone see that wankster smile after seeing yellow instead of red?

poldimacht

I’m just frustrated by the lapse of concentration at crucial points where we took the lead. Not once but twice. Which is unacceptable. Defensive reinforcements must be prioritised.
PS: Fellaini is a shit cunt

Nketibag
Nketibag

Gutted with that. They were completely there for the taking. Conceding to that tosser lingard from the kickoff has to be the most irritating thing that’s happening this year. But proud of the fight and 20 unbeaten, keep it going.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

Steve McManaman seemed to have a bunch of bees in his bonnet (barnet?) regarding The Arsenal’s performance this evening.

What’s the matter, Steve? Did Ray Parlour nick your dessert off your table while you were up giving a naff after dinner speech or summat?

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

What was wrong with the goal that Laca scored when he headed the ball out of the keepers ONE hand? Have they changed the fucking rules? COYG

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

I wanted to shoot him after about 10 minutes

RichT
RichT

Steve Mcmanamamaman was absolutely TERRIBLE on BT sport. Lamented Arsenal’s lack of consistency, whilst referencing our 19 game unbeaten run! Constantly bitched that he expected more from us – the AWAY team at the ‘theatre of dreams’ – 3 days after the NLD, with no similar expectation of Man Utd. Twat.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Shit defending. Shit performance. Shit game. WE WILL WIN FUCK ALL UNLESS WE LEARN HOW TO DEFEND PROPRRLY!!!!

WE will concede more than 50 Premier League games this season. NOT FUCKING GOOD ENOUGH!!!!

Sort this shit out NOW Emery!!!!

whinger
whinger

you ok mate?

SteelBalls
SteelBalls

What the fuck is wrong with you?

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

The trump twitter resemblance is uncanny

goonerface
goonerface

go on a diet man

Man
Man

That’s a lot of caps. You might want to check your blood pressure old chap.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

THAT is the short – fused, reactionary FG we know and love…none of that common sense malarkey!

Rich
Rich

There’s a rumour that we’re 20 games unbeaten?….
I’m not sure Emery can do much with this set of defenders, if he gets us back in the top 4? Then he’s exceeded any expectations I had for this season

Thierry Ennui
Thierry Ennui

Well, that’s one way to look at it. Battling performance by the lads on a difficult night. Some mistakes, yeah no doubt, but some real guts shown and we go onward.

20 games undefeated!!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

14 goals conceded in 18 games!!! Shit!!!
And they were all BAD goals!! This can’t go on!! We’re like a boxer with a glass jaw: no matter how well we play we’ve got a bad goal to give away!! Not fucking good enough!!

RichT
RichT

I enjoy your relentless relentlessness

HansRott
HansRott

When Wenger was around it was always about ‘Wenger Out’.

Now he’s gone it’s all about everything left.

Which is still Arsenal.

How can you be so disparaging about the club you claim to support if you never support the club you consistently disparage?

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

He’s happy when things are shit and when they aren’t he has to make it up.

VAgooner
VAgooner

By my math, 14 in 18 puts us on pace for a shade under 30 in 38. Well short of 50, that…

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

I meant 18 in 14!!! Se how angry I am?

jon

The defense has improved greatly, probably due to Emery’s instructions. But we don’t have good enough defenders to compete at the very highest level.

KongoKim
KongoKim

i thought the real you were gone

Wenger's Medulla Oblongata
Wenger's Medulla Oblongata

😂 I read this in my “I’ve had 5 pints and 2 Jager bombs” voice…

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Shit posting! Boo hiss, fuck off, stop posting, go away, give up, piss off.

dickonastick
dickonastick

you feelin alright, pet?
Think you need another barrel of pork scratchings…

Irrational Gunner

Fatman has a point. Both were pretty cheap, and we have given up quite a few goals over the season it we intend to make a run to the top four. . Not sure if we can clean this up given the personal. Obviously, would like to see Nacho and Kos back in, especially with the absolute bullshit hit on Holding today. But, really the CAPS are a bit over the top.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Seven points from the last three games you take that any day. Considering how ordinary we were today, getting a point away at old Trafford is a very good result. I’m encouraged by the fact that we pick up points even when we are struggling, these things tally up by the end of the season. But man – two CBs in Jan please!

David
David

Koscielny, Mavropanos (even Nacho as left sided center half)??? I think we should be buying wide attacking player in Jan and cover/competition for Kola at left back/wing back. For me that is priority.

PodB
PodB

Thank fuck we didn’t lose … and Chelski lost … hope the injuries heal quickly for Huddersfield lads

Ach
Ach

While 4 points from these two games is a decent result, the manner we concede the second goal is really annoying. At least chelsea lost and we should get back to 3rd place this weekend with them losing again against city and sp*rs draw to leichester. And fuck FA for giving us this shitty schedule with almost no recovery time.

Mootilated
Mootilated

Please correct me if I’m wrong but I believe Lacazette’s snatch and goal from de Gea’s grip was legal. A ball must be in contact with the goalkeeper’s hands and another surface for it to be a foul. He only had one hand on it

James
James

He just needs to be in control of the ball, which he was, even with one hand on it. Henry tried it before and didn’t get much luck either

Mootilated
Mootilated

You’re right. I did some research 😛

Mootilated
Mootilated

Actually it looks like the rule has changed however there are conflicting arguments online… though that’s not the most reliable source

PeteyB
PeteyB

I think that’s a 1970’s rule of the game. In the current laws, if I’m not mistaken, once the GK picks up the ball he can have in one hand and even bounce the ball so long as it is under his control.

jon

I agree, but I’ve seen similar goals disallowed before, apparently without any specific rule being broken. Did the referee simply consider it bad sportsmanship?

Stephen
Stephen

Biggest disappointment is finishing behind Chelsea and Sp*rs in fifth when a goal would’ve put us ahead of both in third.

Stephen
Stephen

I’d take a draw at OT – even if we were deliciously close to a last minute win. We might just finish third at this rate. Unless Liverpool and City implode I think that’s our best target. And a solid chance of it too.

David
David

For the minute, but it’s a long season. We’ve come along ever so well, and had we been offered 4 points from Sp*rs and ManUre at OT on the bounce, we’d have grabbed it with both hands. In my view, we’re ahead of where I thought we’d be already. I hate conceding two equalisers so quickly after going ahead, especially to that detestable lot and that wankspot, but a point away from home I’ll happily take.

oliphaunt
oliphaunt

haven’t commented before, but been reading for over 13 years

1. what is the live blog for.. is anyone really reading it?
2. I really feel, we should keep our optimism in check until end of the season

a) about the team (the only difference to last year is Torreira)
b) about Unai Emery

the team is working so hard and got lucky so many times… last year we had a similar points total after 15 games and were desperately unlucky many times.

We’ve had this in the past many times were we started incredibly well, worked very hard and then ran out of steam later in the season. Just pick up a few more injuries and the same will happen to this team.

Few other things

Iwobi being praised for no reason
Holding being praised for no reason (I really think he is a championship player at best)
Guendouzi I really like as a person, but I don’t think he should be in the team.. I would have put AMN instead (if the referee wouldn’t have been so kind today he could have cost us a few goals)

really happy where we are at the moment, but I really hate all the really false comparison to last year and the brainwashing many people seem to do to convince themselves this year everything is so much better.

We won last year 2-0 vs Tottenham and I haven’t seen mentioned it once in all the conversations and podcasts.. crazy..

UpbeatGunner
UpbeatGunner

Broke 13 years’ silence for that, eh?

Mostly here to say, I’m in the US and was stuck at work so you’re darn right I read the Liveblog. I read it all the time, even if I can watch the match as well, and I suspect I’m far from alone in that.

Gabriel
Gabriel

We lost to Man U and away. Lost to Bournemouth away and even Crystal Palace away was a loss. These are 3 valuable points gained without playing our best. My opinion is the team has improved and not in small ways especially on character.

oliphaunt
oliphaunt

The home game we lost to ManU was the best football we’ve played for 10 years and some of the best football I’ve seen from any team. We could have easily won that 8-2 with a bit of luck. I am not wishing Wenger back, I am happy he left, but I don’t understand the need to convince yourself that now everything is better.

Mootilated
Mootilated

We got more points from away games this season than we did for the entirety of last season and we’ve played a quarter of the games…

My Arse-nal
My Arse-nal

So frustrating to get pegged back so quickly both times but it seemed like we were the more likely to get the winner as the game went on. Can someone shed some light on the rules for heading the ball out the keepers hands? I thought it was fair game if the keeper only had one hand on it?

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

This feels like 86/87 Arsenal. Full of spirit, very raw. Got a trophy in us but couple years away from league title

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

OT is cursed. Facts.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

It certainly is cursed.

Manchester United supporters gather there to look at José Mourinho…sometimes twice a week.

That sounds like a cult to me.

Santori
Santori

WTF were we doing???

Lapse in concentration SOOOO dissapointing.

First you could see 3 of their players on that wall. Iwobi should have been more aware. Leno could have punched it clear further. BUT then it trickles pass Iwobi and Holding. POOR.

Second immediately after restart why is that ball even allowed to bounce. POOR touch from Kolasinac (who at least was good in the attacking end) but again far too complacent by everyone.

AND you could not even blame Mustafi for either goals or Kolasinac for being lazy…in fact it would have perhaps been better had he been lazy in that tackle.

We hit them with the Mustafi goal and then Laca and they were there for the taking. BUT we conspired to let them off TWICE.

All the hard work on the weekend undone and Spurts are back in again!

I hope the lads get a right rollicking.

On the plus side this was the sort of game we would have capitulated and at very least we had a lot more control over them.

BUT not good enough.

(Mhkitaryan had a good game…thought he may step up against his former club, other issue is injury to Holding looks bad. Ramsey also knocked so not the best outcome today)

jon

Arsenal was the better team, and should have steam-rolled over ManU the last 15 minutes, when big spaces opened up. But the players were understandably tired after an intense and great match and could not take advantage.

I love the Guendouzi/Torreira midfield. The spirit and optimism emitting from Guendouzi. His brilliant forward passes. Torreiras tight control, resolve and fight.

Mid winter injury season is coming up. Torreira must be rested soon. Bellerin and Mustafi has played a lot. Time for Maitland-Niles, Elneny and Özil.

Guneriuss
Guneriuss

i hate united, dirty cunts.

Bob
Bob

Damn right. Now they can even add hair pulling to the list of cunty things they do

Mark
Mark

Just praying that Holding isn’t lost for the season, he has been playing so well.

So many questions heading into the January window around Ramsey, Ozil and possible replacements for Welbeck and Holding.

Chidi
Chidi

This definitely feels like two points dropped. Our conceded goals reminds me of a familiar arsenal side of no distant past. Proud of the attitude though, I believe in Emery’s process. Guendouzi was massive. Iwobi seems to be regressing, mhki was fired up, guess he was extra motivated to stuff it to the useless one. 20 games unbeaten, bring on whomever…… Coyg.

Santori
Santori

Just saying Guendouzi’s fould had it been Xhaka you wold hear plenty of moaning.

Second time Holding somewhat at fault. Last game rash challenge. This game did not clear a weak ball into the box. Had it been Mustafi plenty of moaning.

Had Sokratis scored there would have been plenty of people wanking off.

Just pointing out double standards by some.

That said, we lack maturity. We were more fluent and in control of this game but took our eye off the ball twice immediately after scoring. COMPLETELY unacceptable.

No doubt Unai will have more than a word.

Real shame bc blood was in the water today. Dissappointed to say the least.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

I think Mustafi cops too much hate from the fans. He is a better player then he gets credit for.

oliphaunt
oliphaunt

fully agree. That’s where Arseblog needs to be careful, as he is setting a lot of agendas for sometimes no apparent reason.. people just believe Holding is good, as Arseblog for some inexplicable reason likes him (although at the beginning of the season he would have preferred Chambers, who can’t get a game at Fulham).

Guendouzi has no positional awareness, just running around like a headless chicken. His technique is good and helps him to often get away from dangerous positions, but the referee was helping him out a lot yesterday.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Andrew, just to point out that Mkhitaryan played at Old Trafford last season (and scored).

PS – James should’ve taken fashion tips off you at that awards ceremony. Not sure what that suit was about.

PodB
PodB

At least it wasn’t spearmint green suit … bring back the yellow and blue before we spew. Anyone remember George Best flicking ball out of Gordon Banks’ hands for Northern Ireland v England in 1971 and having goal disallowed? Same year Charlie George clinched the double for Arsenal. Hazy memories are the best

Declan M
Declan M

And still some fans aren’t happy. This from some knob with the moniker ‘Burney’ on the moribund awimb forum: ‘Oh, look. We still can’t beat United away. Or defend. And we have a shît keeper.
Emery is a w*nker. Get him OUT!’
Knob.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Someone like that is not really a fan or at least not very knowledgeable about how the game of football works…and as for saying “Emery out” that’s just attention seeking.

Russ
Russ

I’m more pissed off that I give fucking Bt sport £33 a month to listen to those twats!

Unlucky tonight lads but we didn’t lose. Thought we looked quite tired too which is no surprise after Sunday.

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

That was me up until May. Now I get it free with my EE contract and mirror it to my tv. Something for you to consider, if you or anybody is with EE.

KongoKim
KongoKim

MancUnited the new Stoke now. Fucking Orks! How Rojo not got sent off??

Irrational Gunner

Agree. Absolutely felt like we were playing a championship side at times. Foul everyone, and just kick the ball up to the front men. (To our despair, it did work.) I would be ill if I were a ManU fan. What has become of that classy hard fighting team you used to have? Oh, shame on me, the head thug is in charge now. What shit, and we have a young player down from their “aggressiveness”.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Dissappointed with their 2nd goal. but it happens sometimes.
Another point vs a ‘top 6’ opponent and the streak of no losses continues. Looks a fairly easy run now til the Liverpool game. Hopefully keep building that momentum. With Chelsea losing it has spiced up that top 4 battle 🙂

SB Still
SB Still

Their first goal shouldn’t have stood, it was offside.

This game was a bit anti-climatic both with performance and result after the game against spuds.

It would have been wonderful to have won in the Theatre of Piss and watch Mourinho peter out of his dream job. They got lucky that it was right after the spuds game.

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

I believe we would have won if Ramsey stayed on. Disappointed with sn offside goal and conceding do ssoon, but 4 points from the last 2 games isn’t bad. Top 3 should be the aim until May.

goonerink

moanrinho before the game: “ok lads, just kick the shit out of them.”

George Wang
George Wang

At the end of the day its not a bad result drawing at old trafford but we could’ve won it.

Truther
Truther

Iwobi it was whose misplaced pass gave the initiative back to Utd after the first goal. We couldn’t settle and they equalised. He is not good enough.

Shmokin'em
Shmokin'em

So wait…so if a keeper has the ball in 1 hand the goal should of stood. End of.
I feel aggrieved and it seems I’m the only one. Bt sport commentators were practically eating man u cocks like proper whores. The goal should of fucking stood how does no1 see this? Fs

Alex James legend
Alex James legend

Fat gooner do you understand football? Are you depressed and lonley why waste time posting that rubbish. Can’t you understand the context of time the effort the lads put in a few days ago and we was still the better team. Cant you understand that we have a new brave coach coming in to sort out a massive mess of a team even tho i love the boss emery has to undo a shit load of bad habits the team has ingrained in them. We’re not even a year into the emrey rebuild. Have some faith were on the right track. Chill out and live life you fat prick. Arsenal is a big part of all our lives and fan passion is needed bit your comments aren’t. .P.S Oliver Reed is a legend.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

How do you drink your skinny latte? Unlike you I’m a REAL working-class north London Gooner who was brought up on the Holloway Road. I’ve STOOD on the old North Bank and watched Liam Brady and Pat Rice. That’s why I’m passionate. And that’s why I appreciate good defending. I want my tight-as-a-dog’s-arse Arsenal back.

Now go back to the caviar and Krug, Tarquin.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

No one gives a shit where you watch your football. And poke the working class hero spiel. It’s embarrassing.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

And another thing, I NEVER see you wishing the team well before a game or a speedy recovery for an injured player. All you do is pop up for your regular post match moan about how everyone is shit.

You are the epitome of a plastic fan.

WallyT
WallyT

God. How much Xhaka was missed today; the long accurate long passes, the leadership in the middle, the gentle control he brings to our game. And most importantly, the look of the Captain’s armband on him.

shaka
shaka

twice letting the lead slip……serious mental and game management issues. Guendouzi is a liaibility….midfield needs to be solid not flashy.

shaka
shaka

first arsenal match i fell asleep watching…… low quality stuff and horrible refereeing. very little football on display.

Espen
Espen

1.MANUs first goal was an offside. And Martial dived.
2.Rojo could have broken Guendouzis ankle. Rojo pulls down Auba when Ramsey is injured. The first offense from Rojo should be red, the second should be a second yellow.
3.Lacazette scores but he is fouled by two manu players who doesn’t get carded because it’s a goal.
4.Fellaini pulls Guendouzi down by puling his hair. Violent conduct! But No. In England it’s much worse to touch a players face with your hand or forehead even though there is no damage done(red card).
5.The draw is all because of Arsenal defensive lapses, or did the referee have some impact on the game.
6.For me, manu got away with it, played negative fotball, and the referee let them of. Even then, we managed a draw.