Danny Welbeck scores decisive second goal in 2-0 Arsenal win
Danny Welbeck scored the decisive second goal to seal Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester United in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
Welbeck has scored in each of his last three appearances against his former club for Arsenal in all competitions.
The Gunners had opened the scoring when Granit Xhaka’s long-range shot from 30 yards, in the 54th minute, deflected off Ander Herrera over goalkeeper David de Gea into the net. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set up the shooting opportunity for Xhaka.
Arsenal doubled their lead three minutes later when Danny Welbeck headed home a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided as many assists for Arsenal this season in the Premier League as in his previous five combined for the Gunners (seven).
It’s the first time Oxlade-Chamberlain has assisted twice in the same Premier League game.
The result ended Manchester United’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and gave Arsene Wenger a first ever Premier League win over his nemesis Jose Mourinho.
Wenger had failed to beat Mourinho in their previous 12 Premier League meetings.
Despite the win Arsenal remain in sixth place in the Premier League table.
The Gunners are now two points behind fifth place Manchester United and six points behind Manchester City who are fourth, with a game in hand over both teams.
Liverpool regained third place in the Premier League table, with their 0-0 draw with Southampton earlier today. The are seven points ahead of the Gunners having played two matches more.
The victory for Arsenal means they have only lost one of their last 16 Premier League home games (W12, D3), with that defeat coming against Watford on 31 January.
It’s the first time Manchester United have not lost consecutive away Premier League matches against Arsenal since November 2001.
Arsene Wenger persisted with the 3-4-3 formation, with Rob Holding replacing Gabriel.
Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the side that beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in the Europa League semi-final first leg in Spain on Thursday.
Both sides forced the opposition goalkeeper into key first half saves.
Petr Cech made saves from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.
At the other end De Gea denied Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal upped the pace at the start of the second period and the two two quick goals early in the second half sealed the three points for the Gunners.
This is what Arsene Wenger had to say after the match.
“We want to win our games. Some teams that are safe continue to fight. Let’s focus to win our games. Every win is important. We had a bad patch and seem to have recovered from it.”
On Welbeck’s goal, he added: “That’s the kind of goal you want from Danny. He has all the abilities a striker needs. Hopefully, that will give him a boost.”
Next up for Arsenal is a Premier League trip to the St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton on Wednesday (7.45 pm kick-off UK time).
Arsenal: Cech 7, Oxlade-Chamberlain 8 (Bellerin), Monreal 7, Koscielny 7, Holding 7, Gibbs 7, Xhaka 7 (Coquelin), Ramsey 7, Sanchez 7, Ozil 6, Welbeck 7 (Giroud)