Arsenal ended their long Old Trafford hoodoo, beating Manchester United 1-0 through a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty. It’s the Gunners’ first win at the Theatre of Dreams since 2006 and richly deserved their three points. After dominating the first period, Mikel Arteta’s side were made to wait for their goal, but with 20 minutes to go, Paul Pogba’s foul in the box allowed the Gunners skipper to score from the spot. Express Sport rates and slates the Arsenal players after a long-awaited win in Manchester.
Bernd Leno – 6
Reacted sharply to save from Mason Greenwood, but was rarely called into action. He didn’t know too much about the incident that saw Elneny’s deflection strike the post, luckily for Arsenal, his face came to the rescue.
Hector Bellerin – 7
Looked good going forward throughout, almost created two goals, before getting the wrong side of Paul Pogba to win the penalty that Aubameyang converted.
Gabriel Magalhaes – 8
Defended with real purpose throughout and, along with Holding, helped to pin Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. Put in a perfectly timed, last-ditch tackle in the box. Getting better with every passing week and could prove to be one of the signings of the summer.
Rob Holding – 7
After being booked for a couple of late challenges, he almost let United in with a terrible defensive header. But he got away with that and looked more assured as the game went on. His return to fitness is a huge boost for Arteta.
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Kieran Tierney – 7
Provided real width for the Gunners and complimenting Saka’s work well. Did get caught under a long crossfield ball, but on the whole, he defended well.
Bukayo Saka – 7
Full of energy in the opening 45, hard to pin down his actual position as he floaed across the left-hand side of Arsenal’s formation. Should have broken the deadlock but flashed his header wide. His versatility gives the Gunners the ability to be flexible with their formations.
Thomas Partey – 8
A truly dominant first-half performance that forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into a major rethink. The Ghana international was head and shoulders the best midfield player on display at Old Trafford. On this display, £45million looks as if it could prove to be a snip.
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Mohamed Elneny – 7
He and Partey completely overran and outworked United’s diamond. Offered a security blanket for Arsenal’s back-four, but there is still an argument there was a lack of creativity from the centre of the park.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7
The skipper missed a gilt-edged chance when put through by Lacazette, but made no mistake from the spot to end his five-match Premier League drought. Still not at his brilliant best and there is a still a question mark over whether his position in this formation works.
Alexandre Lacazette 6
Non-stop effort but in truth, he never looked like scoring. Asked to play in a more withdrawn role, he is getting through a lot of selfless work. But while the team struggle for goals, the question of Aubameyang moving centrally will persist.
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Worked tirelessly but is offering almost no attacking threat from the right-hand side. There may be an argument that Nicolas Pepe warrants a start in the next few weeks.
Eddie Nketiah (for Lacazette, 76 min) 6
Brought on to stretch United in the closing stages and did so during stoppage time. A valuable option off the bench.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (for Willian, 86 min) N/A
Shkodran Mustafi (for Aubameyang, 87 min) N/A
Arsenal (4-3-3): Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Bellerin; Saka, Partey, Elneny; Auabemyang, Lacazette, Willian.
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