Arsenal claim priceless win against vulnerable Man Utd to keep title hopes alive – 5 talking points


Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal: Leandro Trossard's early goal gave the Gunners three vital points, sending them back to the top of the Premier League table with a season-defining week remaining.

Leandro Trossard scores the game-winning goal,David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The race for the Premier League title will go down to the final day after Arsenal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners returned to the top of the table with a week left in the season to put pressure on title rivals Manchester City – who play their away game away to Tottenham on Tuesday. After an encouraging start for United, Leandro Trossard opened the scoring in the 20th minute by completing a Kai Havertz cutback.




This was enough for Arsenal to take all three points, helped by how weak United were in attack. Eric ten Hag's struggling side can only dream of being in the title race at the moment, with the Red Devils' current aim being to finish sixth and win the FA Cup after the Premier League campaign ends.

Here are five talking points from Old Trafford.

1. Ten Hague's gamble does not succeed

On this week's Stick to Football podcast, Roy Keane expressed his disappointment that he will be playing at centre-back sooner than Casemiro as a “youth team player” as he thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Monday. Had witnessed their terrible performance in a humiliating defeat. Eric ten Hag did not agree, opting to bench the fit-again Willie Kambwala and stick with the vulnerable Casemiro in the center of defence.

After a stellar first 15 minutes for the hosts, Arsenal soon began to gain possession of the ball and turn the screws – and they didn't even need to take a drill out of their toolbox to score. Andre Onana delivered a difficult pass down the left side of United's attack and the Gunners immediately took advantage, with Casemiro still running back to his teammates to equalise.

Arsenal came forward down their right flank with Kai Hewetz, who knew what the Red Devils were afraid of – a cutback. Leandro Trossard was there for the tap-in to give Mikel Arteta's title-chasing side the lead. The Gunners also practiced moves to generate overlaps, then low pullbacks to end their warm-up.

As far as United's concept is concerned, be it a lack of familiarity with the situation or a lack of pace, the blame went to Casemiro and Ten Hag's faith in him was not repaid.


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