Arsenal travelled to Manchester for another premier league tie against long time rivals, the Red Devils.
Most of the prematch reactions among the fans was about why playmaker, Mesut Ozil was not in the matchday squad.
What a fucking blend, no hate but how the hell Nelson is better than Mesut ozil 🤔 pic.twitter.com/iW1QdwHupd
— Mordis Gooner 🛡 (@maldivesgooner) September 30, 2019
Arsenal were also without fullbacks Hector Bellerin (played with the under 23s) and Kieran Tierney. Callum Chambers continued as right back after the lovely Carabao cup performance. Apart from him, the remaining three of the back four was unchanged from the side that hosted Aston Villa.
Newly appointed captain Granit Xhaka started in midfield alongside Torreira and Matteo Guendozi. The front three had Aubameyang, Pepe and the impressive Saka who played from the left.
In a largely uneventful first half, Scott McTominay gave Manchester United the lead at the end with a rising drive from the edge of the area which took a slight deflection off Sokratis.
Arsenal equalised just before the hour courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cool finish. It was originally ruled out for offside but the video assistant referee confirmed the striker had been played onside by Harry Maguire.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno excelled made fine saves from Maguire and Marcus Rashford’s late free-kick, while Bukayo Saka’s goalbound shot crucially struck Victor Lindelof and flew over the top.
McTominay also headed a great chance well over from Ashley Young’s corner but neither side could force a winner.
The point means that Arsenal are back in the top four spots. Arsenal welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates in the next premier league fixture, but before then, the team will welcome Standard Liege to the Emirates on Thursday in the Europa League.
Bukayo Saka became the youngest player to feature in an Arsenal vs Manchester United clash. However, he did not look fazed at all, as he was arguably the team’s best player on the pitch and the light in the attack.
Bukayo Saka is national treasure and should be protected at all costs. What a player this kid is
— Aubazettes (@Aubazettes) September 30, 2019
Aubameyang got the goal for Arsenal in the game, continuing his impressive run which makes him the first Arsenal player to score 7 goals in the first seven premier league games of the a season.
Nicolas Pepe struggled to make a mark in the game, as he was eventually pulled off to Reiss Nelson. The 72 million man had a game to forget and will be looking to bounce back as quickly as possible.
Was Pépé poor tonight? Absolutely.
Does he need to improve? Absolutely.
Am I willing to give him more time? Absolutely.
Do I trust him to turn it around? Absolutely.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) September 30, 2019