The Gunners hosted Manchester United at the Emirates. Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 in dramatic fashion thanks to stoppage time goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus. This is a crucial win for Arsenal. Let’s discuss the details.
Arsenal 23-24 Match 4: Arsenal’s Defense Did Well Overall
Unfortunately, the Gunners did not keep a clean sheet against Manchester United. Despite this, Arsenal’s defending overall deserves praise. The Gunners limited Manchester United to only two shots on target in the entire time.
The more traditional back four is certainly the way to go, although Partey’s injury ensured this lineup. William Saliba, Ben White, and Oleksandr Zinchenko all defended well. Gabriel Magalhaes deserves a special mention for being clever enough to jump backwards and catch Garnacho offside.
Doing so may have looked a little silly, but it proved vital in securing all three points for Arsenal. Arsenal’s defense does need to deal with counterattacks a little better. However, this will likely happen as the season continues.
Rice and Odegaard Excelled in Arsenal’s Midfield
Arsenal’s midfield did quite well in this game. Martin Odegaard is picking up where he left off last season. Odegaard scored Arsenal’s equalizer and demonstrated the leadership that makes him fit to be the captain of the Gunners.
Declan Rice is living up to the lofty expectations placed on him due to his transfer fee. Rice shielded the back four, created chances, and scored Arsenal’s match-winning goal. Rice is Arsenal’s Man of the Match in this game against Manchester United due to his phenomenal performance.
Havertz had a poor game. He missed a big chance and gave away possession leading up to Manchester United’s goal. Hopefully, Havertz returns from the international break and plays much better than he did against United.
Fabio Vieira deserves praise for his performance off the bench. He provided the assist for Gabriel Jesus’s goal. Vieira now has two assists and has won a penalty in four matches so far. He is playing far better than he did last season.
Arsenal’s Starting Front Three Was Quiet
Three goals from five shots on target is quite good for Arsenal. However, Nketiah and Saka were both quiet in Arsenal’s front three. Saka missed a good goal-scoring opportunity.
Martinelli did provide the assist for Odegaard’s equalizing goal. Despite that, he was quiet aside from that. Gabriel Jesus changed the game when he came on, though.
Jesus scored Arsenal’s third goal and did so brilliantly. It is great to see him return from injury and immediately score. Arsenal will have to hope Jesus stays fit while on international duty.
Arsenal 23-24 Match 4: 8/10 Manager Rating for Arteta
Arteta did a much better job this week. He set up the team well and his substitutions, especially introducing Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Jesus off the bench, worked out well. Arteta will hopefully see that the traditional back four is the ideal formation. Regardless, Arteta gets a well-deserved 8/10 manager rating this week.
Arsenal Play Everton Away After the International Break
The Gunners play Everton at Goodison Park after their return from the international break. Given Everton’s struggles so far, it is a good bet that Arsenal will beat them in that fixture this time. Arsenal goes into the first international break only two points behind Manchester City.
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