Arsenal vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Eddie Nketiah wins it

Arsenal vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Eddie Nketiah wins it

Arsenal overcame another tough challenge in the pursuit of the Premier League title as they beat Erik ten Hag’s resurgent Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon in a pulsating match. Eddie Nketiah pounced at the last to put away his second goal of the game and clinch a 3-2 victory.

Manchester United had scored first through Marcus Rashford’s long-range finish, before Nketiah equalised, and Arsenal took the lead courtesy of a fine solo strike from Bukayo Saka, the England forward firing home from 25 yards to make it 2-1 to the Gunners. Lisandro Martinez headed home an equaliser for the visitors but Nketiah’s late winner was the least Arsenal deserved as they extended their lead at the top of the table.

Follow all the reaction after Arsenal beat Man Utd in the Premier League:

Arsenal vs Manchester United

  • Arsenal win five goal thriller against Man Utd to extend lead at top of Premier League table

  • The Gunners move five points clear of Manchester City in second and bring up 50 points at halfway stage

  • 90’ GOAL! - Nketiah wins it at the death for Arsenal (ARS 3-2 MUN)

  • 85’ SAVE! - De Gea denies Nketiah from close range (ARS 2-2 MUN)

  • 59’ GOAL! - Martinez heads in the equaliser from a corner (ARS 2-2 MUN)

  • 56’ SAVE! - Ramsdale palms Rashford’s shot away (ARS 2-1 MUN)

  • 53’ GOAL! - Saka drills a fabulous shot into the far bottom corner (ARS 2-1 MUN)

  • 45’ SHOT! - Zinchenko pulls a shot from range just wide of the far post (ARS 1-1 MUN)

  • 24’ GOAL! - Nketiah meets Xhaka’s cross and brings Arsenal level (ARS 1-1 MUN)

  • 23’ SHOT! - Nketiah’s effort gets deflected wide (ARS 0-1 MUN)

  • 17’ GOAL! - A wonder strike from Rashford sends United in front (ARS 0-1 MUN)

  • 3’ CHANCE! - Odegaard’s early effort is blocked (ARS 0-0 MUN)

Arsenal FC 3 - 2 Manchester United FC

Eddie Nketiah settles Premier League classic as Arsenal and Man United roll back the years

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:01 , Michael Jones

A match that went to the limits, and right up to the last seconds and even centimetres, that could also be the one that proves Arsenal can really go the distance more than any other.

There are moments in every such a campaign when so much comes together, when performance aligns with belief and timing to foster a sense of destiny about a team. Manchester United, who were such creditable parties to a vintage match that more than revitalised a classic fixture, have seen enough of them. They will have surely seen it in Eddie Nketiah’s improvised and oh so important strike. The agonising wait for the offside call only seemed to aid the moment, as everyone at Arsenal must now think they can end a wait of 19 years.

There is still a long way to go in this season, and this was actually only the halfway point of Arsenal’s league campaign, but what was so crucial was how that momentum was maintained; how they went the distance to show they can keep going the distance.

Nketiah settles classic as Arsenal and Man United roll back the years

FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:13 , Michael Jones

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Arteta’s reaction to late winner

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:09 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta was asked how it feels to get through such a tough match and win it right at the death. He replied:

“Emotional, a lot of passion. It doesn’t get much better than that. The second half especially, the performance was incredible.

“We were composed and determined at the same time. We never panicked. We always believed that we could win it. We showed the right composure in the box a lot of times but the ball didn’t go in. Thankfully at the end it did.

“It’s great and we deserve where we are because of how we’re playing. But there are a lot of things that we can do much better.

“We’ve been talking about ressure for the last 12 or 13 games. Premier League teams will always make it difficult and we have to prepare for that.”

‘I want to win, it is not good enough'

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:06 , Michael Jones

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, was left ruing some simple mistakes after his team conceded three goals against a good Arsenal team.

Ten Hag spoke to the BBC after the match and says that his goal is to help the team win games.

“It was a great game with a lot of tempo and the audience is the big winner.” said the United boss, “Two top teams but of course we are disappointed when you lose this game at a late stage. All the goals we conceded today are mistakes - it can’t happen.

“Even last week, we were so hard to beat in such situations. Today we were not. All three goals, we could have avoided.

“They are very good on the ball but we are a good defending team. There were not a lot of open chances. We made mistakes which we cannot make. This game was decided by small details but also the decision making. That is hard to accept and we have to learn from it.

“I want to win. It is not good enough. We want to be the number one but not if we make mistakes. That is clear and what I told them.”

Bukayo Saka details key reasons for Arsenal’s title-challenging form after late win over Man United

Sunday 22 January 2023 19:04 , Michael Jones

Bukayo Saka paid tribute to both Arsenal fans and technical staff as the Gunners kept their excellent run going and maintained a gap of five points between themselves and Man City at the top of the Premier League table.

The north London club came from behind to beat Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday, meaning they’ve lost just once in 19 top-flight matches this term and not at all since September - at Old Trafford against the same opponent.

It was Saka who put Arsenal ahead for the first time in the game on this occasion shortly after half time, with Eddie Nketiah ultimately poaching the winner in the final minute to spark joyous scenes among the home support.

Saka details key reasons for Arsenal’s title-challenging form after late win

Reaction from Man Utd’s Luke Shaw

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:58 , Michael Jones

Luke Shaw struggled against Bukayo Saka during the game today and says that the second half performance from Manchester United let them down.

He said: “In the second half we deserved that, we were a bit passive and let them control the game completely. To concede right at the end is gutting. We were fighting to the last second but we have to concentrate for the full game and one lapse in concentration could cost you a goal.

“Always coming to the Emirates, they start really fast. We had a bit more control in the game, aggressive and winning the ball high up but we backed off in the second half and they had chance after chance. They were going to have one more chance late on.

“You have to give them credit for what they have done this season, they deserve to be at the top how they are playing. There is a long way to go and we have to focus fully on our next game, a big semi-final coming up.

“The quality of these games are getting much more, it was tough to be involved in but these are games you want to pay in and test yourselves. We are all gutted in the changing room to concede so late on and it is a reality check.”

How does it feel to score a 90th minute winner?

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:55 , Michael Jones

Eddie Nketiah now knows how it feels to score a last minute winner in a crucial Premier League match. He explained how it felt after the game saying:

“I saw [Lisandro] Martinez next to me so I thought I was onside but when you see that purple (VAR) screen come up, your heart always goes a bit.

“You could see how much we wanted to win and how bad we wanted it for ourselves and our fans. We kept pushing and pushing and thankfully we found the goal.”

More from Saka

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:52 , Michael Jones

Saka continued his post match interview and touched on how significant Arsenal’s start to the season - they’ve earned 50 points in 19 games - will be to their pursuit of the Premier League title.

“That’s really significant. It’s something we can be proud of but we have to stay humble. It’s only halfway through the season and things can change very quickly.

“But if we keep playing like we have then we’ll be in a good place at the end of the season, we just have to keep it up.

“Firstly, the belief we have. Especially at the Emirates with our fans and how they support us. We went 1-0 down and they still support, they don’t know how much that helps us.

“The way the coach is setting us up, too, and the players the coach has brought it.”

Post match reaction from Bukayo Saka

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:49 , Michael Jones

One of Arsenal’s goalscorers today, Bukayo Saka, spoke to Sky Sports after the match and was visibly delighted after getting the win against Man Utd.

“You can see how much it means to everyone. They’re the only team that have beaten us this season so we really wanted to beat them for the fans.” he said, “It wasn’t easy and it definitely wasn’t our best start to the game but we showed a lot of character to come back and get the win.”

Saka also become just the third Arsenal player to score in three consecutive matches against United emulatin Freddie Ljungberg and Thierry Henry.

When asked about that feat Saka added: “Hello Freddie, hello Thierry - I’m happy. I was so close to get getting two but I’m just so happy I got that first one and it gave me confidence to keep shooting.”

FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:46 , Michael Jones

Arsenal are now five points ahead of the Premier League champions, Manchester City, and they have a game in hand. That’s an incredible position to be in but the Gunners have to play City twice before the end of the season.

There’s still a long way to go in this title race but Arsenal have put themselves in pole position.

Today’s clash was a farily even contest but Arsenal showed the willingness to win it in the final 10 minutes and they got their rewards.

Arsenal vs Man United player ratings: Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford star in five-goal thriller

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:43 , Michael Jones

Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Manchester United 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners had enjoyed the better start but Marcus Rashford powered United in front just past the quarter of an hour mark, lashing in from distance. Their lead didn’t last long though as a fine move by the hosts saw United opened up down the Gunners’ left wing, with Granit Xhaka’s cross headed in at the far post by Eddie Nketiah.

After the break it was very much the same type of end-to-end action, with Bukayo Saka putting the hosts in front with a whipped finish into the bottom corner.

That lead also lasted only minutes as Lisandro Martinez looped in a header, but the Gunners pushed for the victory in the closing stages and it was Nketiah who netted in the last minute to give his side the points.

Here are the player ratings from the Emirates Stadium:

Saka and Rashford unstoppable - Arsenal vs Man United player ratings

FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:40 , Michael Jones

Eddie Nketiah is the second Arsenal player to score a 90th minute winner against Manchester United in the Premier League, after Thierry Henry in January 2007.

How crucial will that goal be come the end of the season?

FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:37 , Michael Jones

Lisandro Martínez is the seventh Argentine player to score a Premier League goal for Manchester United.

Carlos Tevez, Juan Sebastián Verón, Ángel Di María, Marcos Rojo, Gabriel Heinze and Alejandro Garnacho are the other six.

FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:34 , Michael Jones

What a result for Arsenal. It’s one they’ll be remember for a long time.

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FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:31 , Michael Jones

Bukayo Saka became the third Arsenal player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances against Manchester United after Freddie Ljungberg (1998-2000) and Thierry Henry (2000-2001).

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FT Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:28 , Michael Jones

A huge win for Arsenal. They’ve proven their title winning credentials once again. Can the Gunners actually go on to win the Premier League?

Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:26 , Michael Jones

90+4 mins: The whistle goes! Arsenal defeat Manchester United in a brilliant, well-fought encounter. Both sides went at each other with hammer and tongs but Arsenal continued to push towards the end of the game and Eddie Nketiah is the man of the moment.

He’s Arsenal’s hero today. The Gunners move up to 50 points at the halfway point of their season and they’re five points ahead of Man City once more.

Man Utd fall 11 points behind the leaders.

Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:23 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: This game never looked like ending in a draw and it’s highly unlikely that Manchester United will be able to conjure more drama.

There was a VAR check to make sure that Zinchenko was onside in the build up to the goal and he was. The goal stands and the crowd goes wild once again.

GOAL! Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd (Nketiah, 90’)⚽️

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:21 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Arsenal have won it! It’s a late winner for Mikel Arteta’s men!

Oleksandr Zinchenko brings the ball down the left wing and drives up to the side of the box, He pulls it back to Martin Odegaard who flicks the ball onto Eddie Nketiah in the six-yard box.

Nketiah gets to the ball and lifts it over David De Gea sending the Emirates Stadium into a chorus of noise!

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:19 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Manchester United aren’t offering much in the attacking third and it’s Arsenal who are pushing for a winner. Martinez is put under pressure at the back and sends the ball out of play trying to find Fred.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:14 , Michael Jones

85 mins: Save! What a stop this is from David De Gea! Arsenal’s free kick is swung into the box from wide on the right wing. Scott McTominay fails to clear it and the ball drops down the Eddie Nketiah.

He turns it towards goal with a shot on the swivel but De Gea drops to the left and palms the ball wide of the post!

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:12 , Michael Jones

83 mins: Leandro Trossard makes his debut for Arsenal with the Gunners needing a bit of something special to get the win in this match. Gabriel Martinelli is the man replaced.

Seven minutes plus stoppage time to go.

Luke Shaw lunges in to a tackle on Bukayo Saka and takes the man which earns him a yellow card.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:10 , Michael Jones

80 mins: Last ditch stuff from Man Utd after Saka chips the ball into the box. Nketiah can’t win the header but it gets recycled. Man Utd have everyone back to defend and somehow scramble the ball clear.

It’s all Arsenal at the minute.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:06 , Michael Jones

77 mins: Martinez chips the ball into the middle of the pitch where Fred works it up and across to Marcus Rashford. Rashford brings the ball under control but gets flagged offside and roars with frustration. He’d just found a pocket of space out wide.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:04 , Michael Jones

74 mins: William Saliba slides a decent ball through the middle of the pitch and almost plays Eddie Nketiah through the lines. The striker’s first touch is the best though and he ends up fouling Luke Shaw after the defender works the ball clear.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 18:01 , Michael Jones

71 mins: Erik ten Hag looks to gain more control of the midfield and brings Fred on to replace Antony. Bruno Fernandes should shift out to the right with Eriksen pushing higher through the middle.

United are now relying on the McFred partnership to bolster the defensive line. Fred will help Shaw keeping Saka at bay on Arsenal’s right side.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:57 , Michael Jones

68 mins: Wout Weghorst has been decent for United with his hold up play and strength up top. He wins free kick in the middle of the pitch that Eriksen takes quickly.

Luke Shaw is played down the left but his cross gets blocked by Tomiyasu. The Arsenal substitute has been busy since coming on at half-time.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:53 , Michael Jones

65 mins: Gabriel Martinelli brings the ball forward on the left side before slipping the ball across to Martin Odegaard. He looks for a first time shot but misses the ball and Luke Shaw works it clear for the visitors.

Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:51 , Michael Jones

62 mins: This fixture has had everything that Liverpool vs Chelsea lacked yesterday. Two teams at the top of their game going toe-to-toe and being clinical in front of goal.

As a headline fixture it’s a great way to end the day and, with less than half an hour to play, all three results are still possible.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd (Martinez, 59’)⚽️

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:49 , Michael Jones

59 mins: Manchester United are level! Luke Shaw makes an overlapping run and is fed the ball by Fernandes. His cross is blocked by Tomiyasu and goes out for a corner.

Christian Eriksen swings it into the middle where Aaron Ramsdale comes and flaps it away. The ball drops to Lisandro Martinez who lunges at the ball and lifts his header over Martin Odegaard.

Gabriel tries to clear it off the line but can’t get there and the ball finishes in the back of the net!

Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:46 , Michael Jones

56 mins: Arsenal are just getting the better of the game in midfield making it difficult for Man Utd to play through them. This isn’t a match where a one goal lead is comfortable so the Gunners need to stay switched on.

Marcus Rashford tries to get United back on level terms but driving into the box and fizzing one at goal but Aaron Ramsdale drops low to the left and keeps the shot out with a strong left hand!

Fantastic save!

GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd (Saka, 53’)⚽️

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:44 , Michael Jones

53 mins: Incredible! Bukayo Saka is given the ball out on the right wing and is allowed plenty of time to dribble up towards the box.

He cuts inside of Christian Eriksen, rolls the ball onto his left foot and smokes a shot into the far bottom corner from around 20 yards!

What a strike! It’s another wonder goal in this match.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:42 , Michael Jones

52 mins: Nearly! Martin Odegaard shifts the ball around Scott McTominay and carries to the edge of the ‘D’ before flicking the ball in behind Raphael Varane.

Granit Xhaka makes a run into the box but Lisandro Martinez slides across and pokes the ball out for a corner.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:40 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are so confident. They’re easily getting the better of both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw to take the ball into the penalty area.

All that is lacking for Arsenal is a final pass after their wingers bring the ball into the final third. That’s a problem Erik ten Hag needs to solve.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:37 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Antony brings the ball down the right wing and stops before having to take on Zinchenko. He releases the ball then gets held back by Granit Xhaka and wins United a free kick.

The ball gets won back by the home side and Zinchenko looks to weave a path through the middle. Antony and Fernandes close him down with the Brazilian booked for clipping the defender’s ankle.

Second half: Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:34 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta has made a change at the break and brings Takehiro Tomiyasu on to replace Ben White. White was on a yellow card so Tomiyasu can provide a bit more physicality in dealing with the threat of Marcus Rashford.

The Gunners get the ball rolling for the second half. Who will go on to win this game?

HT Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:30 , Michael Jones

Eddie Nketiah has scored 18 goals across his last 26 starts for Arsenal in all competitions, including 12 goals in his last 13 starts at the Emirates Stadium.

HT Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:27 , Michael Jones

Marcus Rashford has scored nine goals in all competitions since the World Cup finished, the most of any player in Europe’s big five leagues.

He’s in the form of his life at the moment.

HT Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:24 , Michael Jones

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HT Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:22 , Michael Jones

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Half-time: Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:18 , Michael Jones

45+2 mins: The break arrives with both teams having found the back of the net. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring before Eddie Nketiah headed home a fine equaliser.

There’s everything to play for in the second half.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:16 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Two minutes of added time to play before the half-time break. Oleksandr Zinchenko scuffs a shot from outside the box but it almost flies through to Eddie Nketiah but the Arsenal striker can’t reach the ball to turn it home!

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:15 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Bruno Fernandes finds himself under pressure deep in his own half but manages to squirt the ball up to Marcus Rashford. Ben White presses the forward and Rashford goes to ground after a little nudge in the back.

Free kick Man Utd.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:11 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Antony and Rashford have swapped sides for Man Utd. Antony flicks the ball down the line for Fernandes who drives up the pitch.

He passes the ball inside to Eriksen who sends it back when Fernandes finds some space on the inside left channel. The midfielder’s cross in towards Weghorst is won by Saliba who nods it clear.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:08 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Ben White and Bukayo Saka link up on the right wing for Arsenal with Saka’s cross getting blocked by Luke Shaw and bouncing out of play. Shaw says that the ball hits White before going out and he’s correct but the referee has already awarded a corner.

The set piece comes to nothing though and United work the ball clear.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:05 , Michael Jones

33 mins: As usual Mikel Arteta is a loose cannon in the dugouts. He’s gesturing wildly and giving the officials a piece of his mind every time a foul goes against his team or when he believes one of his players has been infringed.

His actions result in a yellow card for the Arsenal boss.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 17:02 , Michael Jones

30 mins: The tempo of this match has been non-stop. It’s been a great game so far with each side dealing blows to the other. The match is delicately poised and there’s more physical tackles coming in when the ball is played into the midfield.

Arsenal seem more wary after Rashford’s goal but that isn’t affecting their desire to push forward.

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:59 , Michael Jones

27 mins: Rashford looks to drive inside from the left but Odegaard gets back and nicks the ball.

A clearance from Arsenal is recovered by Nketiah who rolls the ball to Saka before Odegaard gets it in the middle. Lisandro Martinez pushes up and tackles the Arsenal captain allowing Man Utd to counter.

The ball comes to Wout Weghorst who lays it into the feet of Scott McTominay and his effort from range is palmed wide by Aaron Ramsdale!

GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd (Nketiah, 24’)⚽️

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:56 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Oh that’s a great goal too! Arsenal play a corner short and knock the ball around the edge of the United penalty area. Granit Xhaka makes a forward run out on the left wing and Martin Odegaard slip him the ball.

He crosses it straight into the six yard area where Eddie Nketiah leaps ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and heads the ball into the back of the net!

Top quality from Arsenal who are back on level terms.

Arsenal 0-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:53 , Michael Jones

23 mins: Close! Bukayo Saka runs at Luke Shaw and forces the defender to drop deep into his own box. The winger then slides the ball to Granit Xhaka who flicks it on for Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal’s striker takes a touch and shoots but a big deflection takes the ball wide and out for a corner. Lovely play from Arsenal though.

Arsenal 0-1 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:51 , Michael Jones

20 mins: Since October 2021 Manchester United have not lost in 26 games when they’ve scored first. They’ve won 21 and drawn five during that run.

Arsenal are under real pressure now. Can they respond?

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Man Utd (Rashford, 17’)⚽️

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:49 , Michael Jones

17 mins: Oh my word! What a goal from Marcus Rashford!

Thomas Partey gives the ball away and it’s Rashford who makes the interception. He gives it to Bruno Fernandes who slides the ball back to him.

Rashford cuts inside, nutmegs Partey as he tries to recover the ball then carries it to the edge of the box before unleashing a blistering shot that beats Aaron Ramsdale at the near post and gives Man Utd the lead!

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:46 , Michael Jones

15 mins: There’s been some decent play from both teams but on average Arsenal have probably edged the opening 15 minutes. They’ve have the better chances with a few shots desperately blocked inside United’s penalty area.

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:44 , Michael Jones

13 mins: Christian Eriksen releases the ball over to Antony on the right wing who then drives Manchester United up the pitch. He’s tracked the whole way by Gabriel and the Arsenal defender recovers the ball with a good tackle as the Brazilian tries to cut into the box.

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:40 , Michael Jones

10 mins: Shot! Gabriel Martinelli receives the ball on the left wing for Arsenal and brings it down nicely. He brings it inside of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and tries to curl a shot at goal but fizzes it high and wide.

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:39 , Michael Jones

8 mins: Lisandro Martinez skews a forward pass into the box that William Saliba lets run through to Aaron Ramsdale. The defender doesn’t spot Bruno Fernandes’ run in behind and is startled when the Man Utd captain tips the ball away from the goalkeeper.

Ramsdale holds his ground and Fernandes runs into him before dropping to the ground hoping for a penalty. The referee says no and lets play go on.

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:36 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Christian Eriksen and Martin Odegaard come together in the middle of the pitch with the Arsenal captain clinging onto Eriksen too long and giving Man Utd a free kick.

The visitors are settling down after the quick start from Arsenal. United are trying to move the ball with pace and disrupt the Arsenal back line.

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:33 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Mikel Arteta spoke about Arsenal wanting to start quickly and the Gunners recover the ball before winning the first corner of the match. Gabriel Martinelli’s delivery isn’t the best and Bruno Fernandes clears it at the near post.

Arsenal look sharp and quickly recycle the ball. It drops to Martin Odegaard inside the box and his snapshot gets blocked!

Kick off: Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:31 , Michael Jones

Bruno Fernandes gets the match started at the Emirates Stadium. Manchester United work the ball back and across to Luke Shaw who holds it up under pressure from Granit Xhaka before winning the visitors a throw in.

Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:28 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams.

This is a big one. Arsenal can give themselves some breathing room at the top of the table after Manchester City won earlier today whilst Manchester United will put themselves right in contention should they be victorious.

Both teams are in good form so it’s difficult to see how this one will play out.

Kick off is up next.

Ten Hag reflects on United’s first half of the season

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:26 , Michael Jones

After a slow start to year for Erik ten Hag his Manchester United team have turned things around to move into the top four and potentially make a push for the Premier League title.

Ten Hag was asked to reflect on the first half of the year and said: “You always want more. But I think we have to be happy with where we are now. But we also know we want to be better. Because third is not good enough.

“We have to be better, we are in a good position, but we have to battle for more. And that means we have to work hard every day on the training ground, around the training ground to do the right things and be ready for every game.

“Because in the Premier League, there are no easy games, every game you have to battle. Every game you need 100 per cent energy and a good plan. And when you execute it well, we have a good chance with our team, our players we have to win games.

“That is what we have to aim for. We have to go from game to game and don’t look to far ahead.”

Inside Erik ten Hag’s transformation of Manchester United

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:22 , Michael Jones

When Erik ten Hag corralled the Manchester United players together after the midweek draw with Crystal Palace, he told them it was understandably frustrating but just a bump. Their improvement is clear and they need to focus on that ahead of a big game on Sunday.

It could admittedly have been an even bigger game, had it not been for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw, but it’s still possibly the most consequential fixture between Arsenal and United in over a decade. Maybe longer. Sunday’s game is no longer a meeting of also-rans or faded empires.

It is the Premier League leaders against potential challengers, with Sunday possibly deciding that either way. If it’s not a title showdown yet, it might showcase what’s to come.

The secrets behind Erik ten Hag’s transformation of Manchester United

Martinelli’s record at home

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:18 , Michael Jones

Gabriel Martinelli has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium, scoring six and assisting four.

He’s been a bit of the mark recently but can the Brazilian get more goal involvements today?


Rashford vs Arsenal

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:14 , Michael Jones

Marcus Rashford has scored four goals and assisted four more in 10 Premier League starts against Arsenal, equalling his most goal involvements versus any side in the division.

But, Rashford has failed to score in any of the last 26 away league games he has started, a sequence spanning two years. He has netted four times on the road as a substitute during this period.


Can Saka emulate Ljungberg and Henry?

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:10 , Michael Jones

Bukayo Saka is vying to score in a third consecutive Premier League appearance against Manchester United - Freddie Ljungberg and Thierry Henry are the only players to have achieved that feat for Arsenal.

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United’s success on the road

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:06 , Michael Jones

A sixth Premier League away win of the season for Manchester United would equal their total number of victories on the road last term.

Their five away wins so far have all come by a single-goal margin.

Manchester City close the gap

Sunday 22 January 2023 16:02 , Michael Jones

The early Premier League games have both drawn to a conclusion. Leeds and Brentford played out a goalless draw at Elland Road but Erling Haaland was back to his best and bagged a hat-trick against Wolves to give Manchester City a comfortable 3-0 win.

City have now closed the gap on Arsenal to two points - having played two games more - but the Gunners can put it back to five if they defeat Manchester United this afternoon.

Arteta on Odegaard’s leadership

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:58 , Michael Jones

Martin Odegaard has led the way for Arsenal this season after being given the responsibility of the captaincy. His performances have galvanised the team and ensured that they take proactive steps during games.

“[He’s taken the armband] in a really natural way.” said Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta,

“He’s still a really young player with huge talent, but more desire than talent. He knows that he can still get much better and he’s on that pathway.

“He’s enjoying playing for us, he’s contributing to a team in a really impactful way and he needs to continue to do that.”

Will United drop points again?

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:54 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are in danger of dropping points in successive games for the first time since defeats by Brighton and Brentford in their opening two fixtures of the season.

They drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace last time out.

Clinical Gunners

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:50 , Michael Jones

Arsenal have scored in 17 of their 18 league fixtures this season, though the exception was their most recent home game, a 0-0 draw with Newcastle.

The last time they failed to score in consecutive top-flight home matches was in November 2020.

Arteta on the defeat at Old Trafford

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:46 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are the only team to defeat Arsenal in the league this season and Mikel Arteta was asked whether that loss at Old Trafford has provided his team with any extra motivation to win today.

“We have to learn. There were some important lessons about that game and the reason why we lost it.W said the Arsenal boss,

“In many moments we were in total control of the day. But we know that’s one of the qualities of Man United - when you are in control of the match, the game gets away from you because they have so much individual talent, good organisation and many ways to create problems.

“We’ll have to be at our best to win on Sunday.”

‘I am feeling great’: David de Gea ignoring speculation over Man Utd future

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:42 , Michael Jones

David de Gea will continue to shut out background noise from his critics and just stay focused on the job in hand of helping maintain Manchester United’s Premier League challenge.

The 32-year-old joined United in 2011 and is closing in on the club’s clean sheet record, but his current deal runs out at the end of the season.

While there have been talks with the club over extending his stay, United continue to be linked with a summer move for a new goalkeeper – Brentford’s Spanish international David Raya the latest reportedly on the watchlist.

No matter what the talk outside Old Trafford may be, the veteran Spaniard intends to concentrate on things he can control.

‘I am feeling great’: David de Gea ignoring speculation over Man Utd future

The end of United’s winning run

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:38 , Michael Jones

Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace ended their nine-match winning streak in all competitions and also halting a run of 15 consecutive league victories when they have scored first.

Will Erik ten Hag’s men get back to winning ways today?

Arsenal vs Man Utd team changes

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:34 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta names an unchanged line-up from the Arsenal team that defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the north London derby last time out.

Erik ten Hag meanwhile is forced into a change as Casemiro has a one-match ban. In his place comes Scott McTominay.

Arsenal vs Man Utd line-ups

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:31 , Michael Jones

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xkaha, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; McTominay, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst.

Ten Hag wants United to bounce back

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:25 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag was asked if he is looking for a response from his Manchester United side after they dropped points at Selhurst Park during the week following Michael Olise’s 91st minute equaliser for Crystal Palace.

“We focus on that game and you will have setbacks in the season. Sometimes you win, like at Fulham in the last minute, and now you [feel like you] lose.” he said,

“That feels like a loss because you drop two points, that is totally unnecessary. It happened. But we have to avoid that.

“We have to learn a lesson, and I think it fits in the process from this Manchester United team as well. We have to take that lesson, there are many games to go, we are halfway where we take the right lessons out of it.

“I think it will help us achieve what we are aiming for.”

Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:20 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta’s side have won four of their five league games against the established top six in 2022/23, only dropping points in September’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester United.

They have not won five matches against such opposition since the 2007/08 campaign.

Manchester City have ‘no chance’ of title unless they improves, says Pep Guardiola

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:16 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City team to shape up or risk surrendering the Premier League title to Arsenal.

The City manager was heavily critical of his players’ performance in their 4-2 victory over Tottenham on Thursday, in which they had needed to fight back from 2-0 down.

Coming after a disappointing Carabao Cup exit at Southampton and an – albeit controversial – derby defeat at Manchester United, alarm bells have been ringing over City’s form.

Guardiola feels a spark has been lacking from his side’s play and, with Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table, he wants them to find it quickly.

Manchester City have ‘no chance’ of title unless they improves, says Pep Guardiola

More from Arteta on Trossard

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:12 , Michael Jones

As the team news for Arsenal vs Man Utd edges closer to dropping here’s more from Mikel Arteta on new signing Leandro Trossard.

“In the summer we were looking for a player in that position and we weren’t able to do it, so it’s something that the squad needed,” Arteta said,

“With the injuries to Gabi and Reiss we’re really short in the frontline. We needed some reinforcements and in Leo, we’ve found a player who fits everything that we want.

“I think specificity is really necessary to our way of playing. It’s true that we need a few players who can fulfil certain positions and Leo is is one of them.

“The skill and composure he has in the final third and the technical ability to associate and link with people, it’s impressive. That’s what we need from our forward players.”

Will Trossard feature at the Emirates today?

Can City catch Arsenal?

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:08 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola was heavily critical of his Manchester City side after the champions needed to fight back from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 4-2 on Thursday.

Coming after a dismal Carabao Cup exit at Southampton and derby defeat at Manchester United, City’s first-half display further underlined recent concerns over their form and questioned the strength of their title defence while Arsenal continue to look strong at the top.

“We are far away from the team we had in previous seasons,” said Guardiola in an outspoken rant, adding that he felt the Gunners could “destroy” them on current form.

The Spaniard expects a reaction as City host Wolves today - they’re currently leading 1-0.

Can Arsenal beat United?

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:04 , Michael Jones

The ease with which Arsenal swept aside their north London rivals Tottenham last weekend underscored their status as legitimate title contenders, and possibly even favourites.

If they come through another enormous test against Erik ten Hag’s resurgent Manchester United on Sunday, few will doubt their credentials.

Casemiro’s suspension has dealt a major blow to the visitors, but as they head into recently uncharted territory, can Mikel Arteta’s men continue to hold their nerve?

Harry Maguire knows it is a ‘squad game’ at Manchester United

Sunday 22 January 2023 15:00 , Michael Jones

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire knows the importance of competition for places at the club.

The England centre-back has made just seven starts for United, and only one in the Premier League since August, so far in a season that has included him missing a series of fixtures in October due to injury.

Having played the full duration of the 3-0 win against Bournemouth on January 3, Maguire then made a late appearance off the bench in last weekend’s 2-1 derby victory over Manchester City, before being an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Harry Maguire knows it is a ‘squad game’ at Manchester United

Ten Hag gives an update on Jadon Sancho

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:55 , Michael Jones

In recent weeks Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho has been training in Germany away from the first team squad on a specialised programme in order to get himself up to match fitness and back into the team.

He returned to first team training at Carrington this past week and United boss, Erik ten Hag is happen with the progress he’s made but thinks there is still a way to go for the 22-year-old.

“It is the next step. He still has a way to go.” said Ten Hag about Sancho returning to Carrington.

“He will know that, but when he makes this progress, then he can return in the group for games. Of course, we all hope that, because he is a great footballer.

“He has great skills that can help us. We have to cover so many games and we need quality players and he is definitely a quality player who can make a difference and we are expecting that from him.”

Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:51 , Michael Jones

This will be the third time Arsenal have hosted Manchester United in a Premier League match while top of the table.

The previous two such meetings ended in draws: 1-1 in March 2004 and 2-2 in November 2007.

Will there be a winner today?

Half-time updates

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:48 , Michael Jones

Two other Premier League fixtures kicked off at 2pm as Leeds host Brentford whilst Manchester City are taking on Wolves.

There aren’t many goals to speak but the inevitable Erling Haaland has one to his name.

Here are the latest scores:

Leeds 0-0 Brentford

Man City 1-0 Wolves

Arteta on Trossard

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:43 , Michael Jones

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke about his joy over signing Leandro Trossard from Brighton and how the 28-year-old will bring some much needed versatility to the Gunners’ foreward line.

“We are really happy to have him. He’s a player we have followed for a while now.” said the manager after Trossard’s move was finalied.

“The opportunity came - we had the necessity to have a player in the frontline who is versatile enough to play in different positions.

“He knows the league, he has enough experience here and I think he can have an immediate impact in the team. We have to think short-term, but medium and long-term as well. He gives us all of that.

“He’s a very intelligent player. When you look at his career and what he’s done in the last few years, he’s a player that fits our way of playing.”

Arsenal need ‘physical’ side of game to win Premier League title says Mikel Arteta

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:39 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta admits his Arsenal side still need to show they can roll their sleeves up and do the dirty side of the game as they aim to win a first Premier League title in 19 years.

Victory at the home of north London rivals Tottenham last weekend saw the Gunners go eight points clear at the top of the table.

They now host Manchester United on Sunday looking to avenge their only league defeat so far this season.

A 3-1 reverse at Old Trafford in September remains the only blot on Arsenal’s copybook in a campaign which has seen Arteta establish them as genuine title contenders.

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal need ‘physical’ side of game to win Premier League title

Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:35 , Michael Jones

Arsenal have won five of their last seven home league matches against Manchester United with one draw and one defeat in that run.

More good news for the Gunners is that 11 of Arsenal’s 17 Premier League victories in this fixture have come on a Sunday and Manchester United have failed to score in six of their last nine league away games against Arsenal.

All signs point to a win for the home side today.

An old rivalry

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:31 , Michael Jones

For the first 12 years of the Premier League era Arsenal and Manchester United was the fixture to look for on the fixture schedule list.

From 1992-93 to 2003-04, the two clubs claimed all but one of the Premier League titles on offer with United winning eight and Arsenal three.

The Gunners also finished runners-up to the Red Devils four times. Will this season reignite this old rivalry and see bothe clubs challenge for the title?

Erik ten Hag ‘convinced’ Manchester United are progressing in right direction

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:27 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag said he is “convinced” Manchester United are going in the right direction but warned they have to get everything right to win trophies and compete for the title.

United had their worst ever Premier League season last year but have now won nine of their last 10 games in all competitions and only lost one in 20.

They visit leaders Arsenal on Sunday on course to return to the Champions League but with Ten Hag believing the fierce competition in England and the resources plenty of clubs enjoy giving them little margin for error.

Erik ten Hag ‘convinced’ Manchester United are progressing in right direction

Arsenal vs Man Utd prediction

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:23 , Michael Jones

The absence of Casemiro could prove crucial for Manchester United, and might allow Martin Odegaard more freedom to control play in the middle of the pitch.

Arsenal’s defending of counter-attacks will also be key given Marcus Rashford’s form. Arsenal are a more complete team at the moment, though, and home advantage will be crucial as they earn a narrow win.

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United.

Arsenal vs Man Utd matchday odds

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:19 , Michael Jones

League leaders Arsenal are the favourites with the bookmakers to win today’s encounter with Manchester United. Here are the latest odds ahead of the match at 4.30pm.

Arsenal: 10/11

Draw: 35/12

Manchester United: 33/10

Arsenal vs Man Utd predicted line-ups

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:15 , Michael Jones

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xkaha, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Fred, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst

What is the early team news?

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:10 , Michael Jones

Arsenal’s new signing Leandro Trossard could be involved as the Gunners are hopeful the former Brighton forward was registered before the Friday deadline, but Mikel Arteta is unlikely to change a winning team.

Gabriel Jesus remains out with Eddie Nkeitah - who has been excellent in his absence - likely to start again.

Manchester United will be without the suspended Casemiro who picked up his fifth booking of the season against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Fred or Scott McTominay will compete for a place alongside Christian Eriksen in midfield.

Elsewhere, Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial are doubts, which means Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wout Weghorst - who made his debut at Selhurst Park - could keep their places in the team.

How to watch Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:05 , Michael Jones

The match will kick off at 4:30pm GMT on Sunday 22 January.

It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage following the match between Leeds and Brentford.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sunday 22 January 2023 14:00 , Michael Jones

Hello, good afternoon, and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Arsenal vs Manchester United.

This is a clash of two teams at the top of the Premier League table with the Gunners hoping to restore, at least, a five point lead over their nearest rivals Manchester City. City are currently in action against Wolves and could close to within two points of Arsenal should they win at the Etihad Stadium.

Meanwhile, Manchester United start the day in fourth place, eight points behind the Gunners. Erik ten Hag’s men are in a rich vein of form with five wins from their last six league games though they did draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace last time out.

The Red Devils were the last team to defeat Arsenal in the league having swept them aside 3-1 at Old Trafford in September thanks to a goal from Antony and a Marcus Rashford brace.

However, they will be without midfield maestro Casemiro who faces a one-match suspension whilst Arsenal could call on new signing Leandro Trossard to give them a boost should the match look to be sliding United’s way.

We’ll have all the team news. build-up and updates throughout the afternoon so stick us.