Arsenal title hopes fading as they are beaten at Old Trafford
Arsenal produced a woeful performance in losing 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Gunners were beaten by an injury ravaged, and under-strength, Manchester United, with teenager Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his Premier League debut.
Rashford also set up the third Manchester United goal to leave Arsenal five points leaders Leicester City, and three behind Tottenham Hotspur who came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.
Rashford, who scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, opened the scoring in the 29th minute after Theo Walcott lost the ball in midfield and Arsenal’s defence failed to clear the subsequent cross.
He then headed past Petr Cech three minutes later to double United’s lead, stealing in between Arsenal’s central defenders Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny.
Danny Welbeck headed Arsenal back into the game in the 40th minute, from a Mesut Ozil free kick.
Ander Herrera scored United’s third in the 66th minute, from Rashford’s lay-off, from the edge of the penalty area with the help of a huge deflection off Koscielny.
Mesut Ozil’s mis-hit volley in the 69th minute gave Arsenal hope but they rarely threatened, or deserved, an equaliser from another poor away performance.
Arsenal – who have not won the title since 2004 or won at Old Trafford since 2006- remain in third place and face matches with Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this Wednesday and against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Arsenal: Petr Cech 6, Gabriel 5, Laurent Koscileny (c) 6, Mesut Ozil 6, Theo Walcott 4 (Olivier Giroud 62), Aaron Ramsey 5, Alexis Sanchez 4, Nacho Monreal 6, Danny Welbeck 7 (Alex Iwobi 82), Hector Bellerin 5, Francis Coquelin 5 (Mohamed Elneny 70).