Ball Possession: 43% – 57%
Goal Attempts: 17 – 14
Shots on Goal: 3 – 3
Shots off Goal: 8 – 8
Blocked Shots: 3 – 0
Free Kicks: 18 – 19
Corner Kicks: 4 – 7
Offsides: 0 – 2
Goalkeeper Saves: 3 – 3
Fouls: 9 – 16
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 3
Total Passes: 436 – 366
Tackles: 12 – 9
Attacks: 94 – 104
Dangerous Attacks: 37 – 59
The gunners who were without their skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, and youngsters Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney, were able to hold a full studded United squad to a goalless draw at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta made just one change to the starting line up that defeated Southampton in midweek, with Gabriel Martinelli coming in for Bukayo Saka, who had a hip complaint prior to the game while Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made 5 changes to the Manchester United team that lost at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday night, with Fred, McTominnay, Lindelof, Luke Shaw, and Edinson Cavani all recalled to the starting eleven.
The gunners looked sharp from the kickoff, but it was the red devils who had the best chance of the first half when Luke Shaw’s corner from the right was poorly cleared by Holding into the path of Fred on the penalty box, but his angular shot was saved by Leno for another corner kick.
United’s midfield would be reshaped in the 36th minute when Scott McTominay was taken off with an injury and replaced by Anthony Martial. United won a free kick in the closing stages of the first half on the edge of the Arsenal 18 yard box, but Bruno Fernandez failed to convert as his freekick was headed over by the lively David Luiz for a corner to end the first half.
In the second half, Arsenal were brighter and sharper than they were in the first half. Arteta brought on Willian in place of Martinelli to add strength to the Gunners midfield. The gunners were clearly missing the brilliant services of Bukayo Saka and the pace of Aubameyang, though new loan – signing, Martin Odegaard could only settle for a place on the bench. The gunners also won a freekick on the edge of the United box, but Lacazette’s effort crashed against the crossbar. Moments later, David De Gea would deny Smith Rowe’s shot from the edge of the box too.
It was not too long that Cavani missed the best chance of the game, tapping the ball wide with just the net in front of him after a brilliant low cross from Luke Shaw. Cavani again would miss another sitter in the closing stages of the match, with his scissors kick failing to find the target from Wan Bissaka’s cross. Nicholas Pepe had a neat chance to win the game after a delightful pass from Smith Rowe, but his low curling shot failed to find the bottom right of De Gea’s post.
New signing, Martin Odegaard would be introduced in the final stages of the match in place of Smith Rowe, but he barely had time to make a meaningful impact on the game as the game ended in a goalless draw and further derail the chances of Manchester United’s title challenge, with them now 4 points behind Manchester City who also have a game in hand.
WHAT THIS MEANS
* Arsenal’s unbeaten run against United continues, stretching back to the 2017—2018 Premier League season.
* Manchester United have failed to score in 3 consecutive league matches against the Gunners for the first time since 1983.
* This is the first goalless draw between these two sides since February 2014.
* Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the first Manchester United manager to remain winless against the Gunners in 5 consecutive Premier League matches.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Arsenal are back in action away to Wolves on Tuesday night, the same night when Manchester United play host to Southampton.
Match Review by Patrick Alexander