Pepe on top as Arsenal see off Manchester United

Arsenal the Gunners commenced the new year in style with a brilliant 2-0 win over Manchester United, giving Mikel Arteta his first triumph accountable for the Gunners. Nicolas Pepe was on his top form as he punished the red devils in their 2020 opener at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal – changed from the unpolished, aimless outfit of ongoing months into a high-power side by Arteta – struck toward the start and end of the primary half, with the amazing Nicolas Pepe (8) taking care of before Sokratis (42) crushed home a short proximity finish to place the hosts in charge.


They were then stuck back for enormous periods after the break by a significantly better second-half show from Manchester United at the same time, days after their breakdown against Chelsea, stood firm to record their first spotless sheet at the Emirates in quite a while.

The success moves Arsenal to inside three purposes of the main six in tenth spot in the Premier League, while United’s ongoing flood towards the Champions League places slows down, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men staying five focuses off fourth.

Sead Kolasinac joined with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left flank and his redirected cut-back was opened home by the plain Pepe for his fifth objective in an Arsenal shirt.

The Ivorian at that point prodded Luke Shaw – as he kept on doing all through the match – before teeing up Aubameyang to fire over as Arsenal assumed responsibility for the opening time frame.

Alexandre Lacazette miscued wide after a shrewd turn in the crate soon after the half-hour before Pepe smacked the upstanding with a low, left-foot styler from the edge of the territory as Arsenal made their strength tell.

The merited second came just before the break when Lacazette flicked on a corner and United ‘attendant David de Gea was just ready to repel the ball into Jesse Lingard’s back, permitting Sokratis to crush home the second.

Joined turned out emphatically after the break, however, and minutes after Daniel James had warmed the hands of Bernd Leno with a low drive, his substitution Andreas Pereira hammered a shot into the side-netting.

However, Arsenal kept on conveying a danger on the break, with Mesut Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette consolidating for an opportunity on 61 minutes, however United assumed responsibility for ownership and domain, with Rashford terminating over after great work from Anthony Martial and afterward Aaron Wan-Bissaka seeing his punishment bids appropriately waved away after he went down under negligible contact from Aubameyang.

On the counter, Lacazette shot over, sub Bukayo Saka hit an agreeable one at De Gea and Aubameyang wasted another open door with a poor pass when given an opportunity to murder the game – however at last a third was not required.

The Arsenal, who had won only one of their past 15 games, had disintegrated in the last minutes to lose to Chelsea last break however observed out the rest of the minutes to land a huge success toward the beginning of 2020.

The Gunners finished a run of seven home games without a success in all rivalries to enlist their first win at the Emirates since a 3-2 win over Vitória Guimarães in the Europa League in October.

Manchester United have now lost four of their last five away Premier League visits to Arsenal (W1).

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 11 home top-flight coordinates on New Year’s Day (W9 D2), winning their last seven out of a column.

Nicolas Pépé has scored every one of the five of his objectives for Arsenal in all rivalries in London – four at the Emirates and one at London Stadium.

Gunners supervisor Mikel Arteta is the seventh administrator to enroll his first Premier League triumph in a game against Manchester United, and the first since Darren Moore in April 2018 with West Brom.

Arsenal have scored eight goals by means of corners in the Premier League this season, two more than some other group.

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