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Premier League 2022-23: Arsenal edge out Manchester United with a late winner

Manchester United and Arsenal played out an instant Premier League classic at the Emirates on Sunday, which finished with the home side edging United out 3-2. It seemed like Erik Ten Hag’s team might go home with a point, but a 90th-minute winner from Eddie Nketiah sealed the deal for the table-toppers, who are five points above Manchester City having played one game less.

The game got off to an electrifying start with Arsenal testing United’s defense a couple of times inside 90 seconds, but it was Manchester United who drew first blood. Marcus Rashford scored his ninth goal in the last nine matches for the club and before he smashed the ball from 25 yards past Aaron Ramsdale, he also took out the Gunners’ defensive powerhouse Thomas Partey with ease.

It did not long for Arsenal to respond, but the visiting team was at fault for the equalizer. Granit Xhaka’s cross from the left-hand side left all United players ball-watching as Eddie Nketiah poached in and made it 1-1. He skipped past Aaron Wan-Bissaka with ease and scored his eighth goal of the season for the club.  

Both sides went into the half-time break with the spoils shared between each other, but it was Mikel Arteta’s men who once again started on a positive note. This time, with the help of a stunning long-range curler from Bukayo Saka, they also took the lead. Saka’s effort found the far corner in a way the goalkeeper had zero chance to react. 

Just when it seemed like Manchester United might be done for the day, they had a fortuitous moment during a setpiece and took full advantage. Aaron Ramsdale messed up his collection and the ball looped into the path of Lisandro Martinez, who threw his head into a risky area but managed to get enough contact to score his first goal for the club since moving here in the summer. 

Arsenal kept attacking with ferocity as they had no intention of settling for a draw. In the final 20 minutes, they nearly had all of the possession and had some great opportunities missed. However, in the 90th minute, Eddie Nketiah scored his second goal of the night via a fortunate deflection from the United defenders as the Emirates bounced in joy to see their arch-rival get beaten. 

Arsenal, who have been waiting nearly 20 years for a Premier League crown, are ever-so-close to achieving it with the staggering result at home against United.