FAREWELL TO OLD TRAFFORD: WENGER & ARSENAL FALL TO MAN UNITED 2-1
As far as Fairy tales go, This was never going to end in a happy ever after scenario for either Mourinho or Wenger. They are competitors first before being humans..that is as far as the premier league is concerned. It was Wenger’s last game as Arsenal Boss at Old trafford and the Home team pre-game had a short Ceremony to commemorate the occasion for a man who was for over 2 decades an Enemy of the Clan. His erstwhile Long term Rival Sir Alex Ferguson was on hand to hand him a plaque for his meritorious service to the game in England.
Out of favor Bench warmer Maroune Fellaini headed home in the first minute of stoppage time to lead Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Arsenal in Arsene Wenger final match in charge of the visiting Gunners at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young whipped in the cross, and Paul Pogba scored United’s other goal as the Red Devils tighten their grip on second place. Arsenal remains sixth with 58 points.
Wenger started a heavily-changed lineup including Premier League debutant Konstantinos Mavropanos as Arsenal prepares for Thursday’s Europa League second leg at Atletico Madrid.
A free-flowing first quarter hour paved the way to United’s 16th minute opener, with Alexis Sanchez heading Romelu Lukaku’s cross off the post. Pogba potted the rebound for 1-0.
United posed most of the threat as the game marched toward halftime, with Ashley Young hitting the post with a cross.
Lukaku was injured in the 49th minute, when Premier League debutant Mavropanos kicked across the striker. Marus Rashford replaced the Belgian.
That’s when Mkhitaryan made it 1-1 with a goal against his former club, hitting a low shot inside the far post in the 51st minute. Granit Xhaka stole the ball and Mkhitaryan’s extra touch right rooted De Gea.
Arsenal celebrating equalizer
A nice team move looked to have put United in front, as Fellaini nodded Anthony Martial’s terrific cross off the far post then Rashford bundled into the goal. Alas, Rashford was offside.Big relief for Arsenal there. But Arsenal should have heeded the warning and prevented that cross from Martial that led to the stoppage time goal.
That’s when United used very fluid team movement and a fortunate bounce in the middle to cue up Young’s cross for the winner. The cross made its way into the melee in the box only to be met by Fellaini’s head..Backheader it was and as the Ball looped in ..U just had the feeling it was coming. 2-1 United
Well as it was mentioned earlier this was very much changed lineup. The big guns were saved for Thursday,
so Old trafford won’t see Wenger again as Arsenal Manger and they got he full points. Bring on Thursday