Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal: 3 Things We Learned

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Broadcasting yet another episode of the much-documented rivalry of Wenger vs Mourinho, Manchester United and Arsenal went toe to toe on Saturday lunch time.

Manchester United took the lead thanks to a well-crafted move from Paul Pogba which was finished off by Juan Mata with aplomb.

However, just when it looked that Manchester United would get away with this game, Arsenal hit back in the 89th minute to earn a point. As a result, Manchester United remain rooted to the 5th spot while Arsenal retain their position in the Champions League places.

Here are 3 things we learned:

Manchester United punished for missing a plethora of chances
For a team which came into this fixture with a brilliant winning run, Arsenal were uncharacteristically poor today. For large parts of the game, the Gunners were chasing shadows as Mourinho looked to get another one on his favorite rival Wenger. Moreover, with Juan Mata giving Manchester United the lead, it was expected that Arsenal would go home without anything.

However, while credit should be given to Giroud whose header earned a draw for the Gunners, it was the front three of Manchester United who deserve the blame. They made enough chances to win three games but weren’t clinical enough in the final third.

Antonio Valencia brilliant on his return
For a player who is not a natural fullback, Antonio Valencia has a long habit of proving his doubters wrong. Today was yet another day when he proved his importance to the Red devils.

Despite the fact that he was facing one of the most in-form players in the League in Walcott, Valencia barely put a foot wrong throughout the ninety minutes. Moreover, while Arsenal’s goal came from his flank, it was Marcus Rashford who was the culprit for letting Alex Chamberlain run off with the ball.

Thus, ahead of a busy festive schedule where fixtures would come thick and fast, the return of the Colombian is a good omen for the Red devils.

Ozil had a poor game
Throughout the years, Ozil has been criticized for his performance – or lack of it, in big games. If you were uneasy with his criticism, watch today’s game and it should be a good proof. The German was invisible and while Arsenal fans could blame the International break, Ozil should up his game if Arsenal are to win the Premier League this season.

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