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Arsenal starting XI: Ramsdale, Timber, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah
Arsenal’s pre-season continued with a 2-0 defeat to Man Utd in New Jersey this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta began with a £200m midfield trio of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Martin Odegaard, perhaps as a precursor to what we’ll see often in the season ahead.
United had the first chance of the game, Antony scuffed his shot wide after they found space in behind. At the other end, Gabriel Martinelli fizzed a shot just over the bar, while another scramble in the Arsenal area saw us get it clear after some decent United build-up.
Brilliant work from Saka presented Martinelli with a chance that was saved by Tom Heaton, and the United keeper was equal to the Brazilian’s rebound too. A low Nketiah cross caused some mild panic, the game got scrappy on a slow looking pitch, but in the 29th minute United went ahead through Bruno Fernandes.
After some build-up down their right, the United captain fired in a left footed shot from outside the box which bounced just in front of Aaron Ramsdale. The Arsenal keeper got an arm to it but couldn’t keep it out. He will feel he could have done better. 0-1.
The lead was doubled in the 36th minute after Gabriel miskicked completely in midfield, allowing Jadon Sancho to fire the ball into the roof of the net. It was a real blunder by the Brazilian, which United punished ruthlessly. 0-2.
Lisandro Martinez squared up to Odegaard after an obvious foul on Saka, and after two minutes of added time, the Gunners went in behind after what was a scrappy first half display.
Arteta made just one half-time change, Kieran Tierney replacing Tomiyasu, and early in the second period a smart free kick from Odegaard put Nketiah into the inside left channel. If he squared it, it would have been a tap-in at the back post, but he seemed to get caught in two minds and neither a cross or shot went wide.
With 57 minutes on the clock, Arteta made more subs with Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey and Ben White, replacing Martinelli, Rice, and Timber. An Odegaard cross created a chance for Havertz which he headed over the keeper but onto the roof of the net, before there were more changes with Havertz, Nketiah, Saka and Saliba replaced by Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira and Leandro Trossard.
Harry Maguire picked up a booking for a lumbering foul on Odegaard, Casemiro got a ball in the face and took the chance to have a nice lie down for a few minutes, and Rashford had a shot blocked.
Jesus got booked for a foul after losing the ball, there was a fight in the crowd which saw a bloke in a bliue t-shirt swinging punches at all around him and then escaping the stewards by ducking down between the aisles, and there were four minutes of added time at the end of the second half.
Arsenal had a late free kick outside the left corner of the United box, from which Smith Rowe’s header was deflected just wide.
In the end, plenty for Mikel Arteta to work on ahead of Wednesday’s game against Barcelona in Los Angeles.
After the game there was a penalty shoot-out for entertainment…
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