Olivier Giroud’s header from an Alex Oxlade Chamberlain cross in the 88th minute cancelled out Juan Mata’s earlier strike as Arsenal and Manchester United settled for a draw in the Premier League midday kick off.
How Arsenal got a draw from the game is still a mystery as they didn’t have their first shot on target until the 88th minute – one which they converted.
For all of Arsenal’s possession of the ball, it was the host who looked dangerous and could have gone ahead on two occasion but for Petr Cech’s alertness to deny Mata and Martial with two sublime saves.
United also had a penalty claim that was waved off by referee Andre Marriner. Antonio Valencia who had nutmegged Nacho Monreal, made an attempt to meet the ball before himself and Monreal came tumbling on the ground. Mourinho wanted a penalty, Marriner had other ideas.
The host started the second half better and got the lead their game deserved in the 68th minute through Juan Mata. Pogba’s pass down the wing was met by Herrera, who reaches the byline and pulled a cross across the box for the in-rushing Mata. Mata meets the pass first time, sidefooting sweetly into the bottom left, Cech left with no chance!
It was bending towards another United and Mourinho victory over Arsenal when Wenger made his beyond-overdue changes. Xhaka replaced Coquelin, Giroud replaced Elneny, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for Jenkinson.
It was the last two substitutes who combined to give Arsenal the equalizer, and by so doing, ruining Mourinho’s day. Oxlade-Chamberlain skipped past Rashford before sending in a delightful cross to Olivier Giroud who scored his 8th goal in nine Premier League games.
The goal spared Wenger’s blushes and extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 17 across all competitions. It wasn’t a great performance, in fact, it should go down as one of Arsenal’s worst of the season. That said, every Arsenal fan would bite your fnger off if you had offerd them a point before the game.
The Gunners return to action in midweek where they play PSG in the Champions League. We can only hope they return to winning ways.
Until then, Come On You Gunners.