Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal review: Two points lost
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Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal review: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Arsenal came from behind to secure a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford. A ton of questions are in front of Unai Emery again after a shocking performance against a terrible United side.

Scott McTominay’s goal put the hosts ahead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brilliant chip levelled the score. The result has to be considered as a disappointment despite Arsenal being three points ahead of the Red Devils.

Emery’s team selection was questionable yet again with the exclusion of Mesut Ozil from the squad. Dani Ceballos was benched too which left us with three holding midfielders against a United side that was there for the taking.

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Aubameyang rescued us yet again taking his tally to eight goals in eight games. Bukayo Saka was hugely impressive in his first big game while Matteo Guendouzi continued his fine start to the season. Bernd Leno bailed us out with two incredible saves but that was that in terms of positives from the game.

The bad:

Mesut Ozil’s exclusion from the squad was yet again a massive talking point. The rift between Emery and the German is overly evident and our attacking play has clearly been a victim of what’s going on behind the scenes.

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The ugly:

Arsenal’s identity of being an attack-minded side was tarnished yet again with Emery preferring to play on the counter. He needs to start playing his side to its strengths and defending deep isn’t the players’ strong point.

Emery needs to stick to a philosophy that suits him as well the players at his disposal. Nicolas Pepe was wasted in our own half which was counterproductive to both, the Ivorian, and team on the whole.

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Emery needs to become proactive instead of reactive in the games to come. Arsenal are being forced to become offensive only after the opposition takes the lead but they should instead grab the game by the scruff of its neck from the get-go.

With a number of injured players returning to action in the coming days, Emery has no excuse but to use his side to its full potential. Arsenal’s biggest strength is their attack and Emery has to fully make use of it to get the best out of the players at his disposal.

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