Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Man of the Match

Man of the Match Arsenal Insider

When you look back at the amount of chances Arsenal created on Saturday it’s hard to see how they lost 3-1 against Manchester United.

Unlike our defence on the day, our attacking players were on-song for most of the game and had it not been for an in-form David de Gea in goal they probably would’ve been happier come full time.

One player that played particularly well on Saturday was Mesut Ozil. He continued to his recent form with a great attacking display which was showered by creating chances, but he also went about his business by coming deeper to control play as well as keeping up his streak of working off the ball.

Aaron Ramsey also looked to be a key player if we were going to get anything out of the game. Going forward he threatened constantly with off the ball runs, one of which was spotted magnificently by Alexis Sanchez and taken down with even better skill by Ramsey before Alexandre Lacazette slotted home.

Ramsey also made good contributions defensively during the game and didn’t have any real involvement in United’s goal despite a pass to him being picked off before the first.

Arsenal’s best performer on the day was probably Lacazette. After the messages during the week that he had been injured against Huddersfield, it became clear that was all a rouse for this game. Did it work? In some ways possibly but ultimately, we still lost the game.

As we know, the Frenchman took his goal very well as he didn’t hesitate like others once Ramsey had knocked the ball back to him but there were other points in his game which were very impressing.

Off the ball he was a genuine threat making runs in behind as well as coming short when needed to hold the ball up and link play with others.

We all know that with goals against both Manchester clubs, Lacazette is a great finisher (who is now on eight goals this season) but it’s the other things he does that also need to be appreciated. We’ve been asking for a goal-scoring striker for years and now we have one that also does that bit extra too.

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Art de Roche

Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!