Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus fired Arsenal to a stunning 3-1 stoppage-time victory against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Marcus Rashford gave Erik Ten Hag’s United the lead in the first half, while Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard levelled a few minutes later.
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The match looked set to end in a draw after a penalty call for a foul on Kai Havertz was overturned following a pitchside review before the VAR ruled out substitute Alejandro Garnacho’s late winner for narrowly straying offside.
A deep corner found Rice to slam home his first Arsenal goal off the heel of Jonny Evans in the 96th minute before substitute Jesus completed the for Mikel Arteta’s men in front of their home fans.
“We work and do everything for moments like this. This is a sport at the top level, about the small margins. It could have gone either way.
“I am thrilled, obviously. They are a great team, really well coached, and they make life difficult for you. When we gave the goal away that we did, you are always up against it, and in the Premier League, that’s dangerous,” Arteta said in his post-match analysis.
However, Ten Hag believed his side performed better on the night and was unlucky with the scoreline.
“The performance was alright from us. I thought we played a perfect game, but everything went against us – you don’t win the game.
“We needed a little bit more luck to win the game. It [Garnacho’s goal] was not offside – it was the wrong angle. It was then a penalty on Hojlund, and then we conceded a goal that was a foul on Jonny Evans. It’s so clear,” he said.
The Man United manager said he was happy with his team’s performance despite the 3-1 scoreline at the Emirates.
“You can say you need to finish your chances and shouldn’t concede a goal after going 1-0 up. This is all true, but I was happy with the performance,” Ten Hag said.