Arsenal vs Manchester United: Wenger finally secures victory against his bitter rival

Call it how you want, but Arsene Wenger has finally ended a less important record and something he’d probably be happy to tick off on his to-do list. Arsene Wenger and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho do not have the best of relationships as we’ve seen from their on-off pitch antics – but one thing rather fascinating is Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho in a league match, prior to this weekend’s meeting.
The fixture between Arsenal and Manchester United ended in a 2-0 scoreline to the hosts, as goals from Granit Xhaka and Manchester United’s old boy, Danny Welbeck, were enough to give Arsene Wenger his first league win against his rival.
Arsenal started the game with some intensity against a not fully strengthened Manchester United lineup, as Jose Mourinho didn’t prioritise this fixture, given the second-leg fixture of the Europa League semi-finals against Celta Vigo in just a few days time.
The first half produced a number of exciting moments, but the match really sprung to life in the second half, as the Swiss international Granit Xhaka broke the deadlock with a long-range shot which deflected off of Ander Herrera; dipping into the net of David De Gea.
The Gunners then doubled their lead in the 57th minute, three minutes after the first goal, as an exquisite cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain, missed Chris Smalling and met the head of Danny Welbeck who then headed the ball with power, as De Gea was hapless to see the ball hit the crossbar and go in off his post.
The former Manchester United man was delighted with his goal against his former employers, as he wheeled his hands in celebration, blowing a kiss to the Arsenal fans as we celebrated the goal. When asked in his post-match interview about celebrating his goal, he replied, “I grew up there (in Manchester) and everything, so it’s a special place in my life, but once we get on that pitch, it’s business. When you score you’ve got to be happy, haven’t you?”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been impressing in recent months, had an outstanding performance, likewise my man Rob Holding, as they both continue to flourish in the new system. They were both beating to the Man of the Match award by Aaron Ramsey, who was quite brilliant and hadn’t displayed such performance in a really long while.
Granit Xhaka came off the pitch in the 74th minute with an injury and was replaced by Francis Coquelin. The Frenchman has plummeted in form this season but still puts his body on the line playing for Arsenal, as he threw himself in mid-air in an attempt to block a Wayne Rooney shot just at the edge of the penalty area that left me laughing hysterically. He then attempted some showboating but got fouled by a frustrated Wayne Rooney.
It was an all-round performance from the Gunners as everyone played their part in the victory, and the team continue to fight for a spot in next season’s Champions League. The Arsenal players played with togetherness, which is something that has been lacking in the team this season, as players covered up for players in trouble.
However, the post-match antics from our players need to change. Several Arsenal players took to social media, particularly Instagram and Twitter to show their delight about the victory. Now I’m not against this act but it’s usually done when the going is good, and when we decline in form or have a collection of bad results; the players go mute on social media, something Mesut Ozil is fond of.
Words never seem to fall short off the lips of Jose Mourinho when it comes to Arsenal, as the Portuguese had a thing or two to say about Arsenal and the manager. In his post-match interview, he said “Arsenal fans will be happy and I’m happy for them”, taking a slight jab at the fans and also had a few words for Wenger – Saying how he (Wenger) kept pressuring the fourth official.
It’s onto the next game against Southampton as the team continue to push for a spot in next season’s Champions League, knowing a win in their remaining fixture could guarantee them the objective, provided Liverpool fumble in any of their remaining fixtures.

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