In a thrilling Premier League showdown on Sunday, Arsenal emerged victorious with a stunning 3-1 win against Manchester United, thanks to late goals from their record signing, Declan Rice, and Gabriel Jesus.
The match seemed destined to end in a draw, with both teams having their fair share of dramatic moments. United saw a late goal disallowed, and Arsenal had a penalty decision overturned. However, the home crowd erupted with joy when Declan Rice scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 96th minute, his shot taking a deflection en route to the net.
Gabriel Jesus added to the jubilation with a superb finish on a counter-attack as United had thrown everyone forward in a desperate attempt to score. Rice summed up his decisive goal, saying, “I think I controlled it with my chin and just had a shot, if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.” The midfielder had recently transferred from West Ham United.
The turning point of the match came when United thought they had secured a late winner, courtesy of substitute Alejandro Garnacho. However, VAR intervened, ruling the goal out for offside, leaving United crestfallen.
United had initially taken the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute when Marcus Rashford capitalized on a counter-attack to lash home a shot. Arsenal wasted no time in responding, as Martin Odegaard found the back of the net less than a minute later to equalize.
The match took another dramatic turn when Arsenal was awarded a penalty midway through the second half after Kai Havertz went down in the area. However, referee Anthony Taylor reversed the decision after consulting the VAR monitor.
With this thrilling victory, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal now has 10 points, putting them level with three other clubs after four games, just two points behind the league leaders, Manchester City. Meanwhile, Manchester United finds themselves in 11th place with six points, having already suffered two losses.
United manager Erik ten Hag expressed his disappointment with the disallowed goal, stating, “Everything went against us, but I thought the performance was alright. I didn’t see that as offside, but it is what it is. It was such small margins today.”