EPL 2016/17, Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: 5 talking points
As entertaining as the first half was, it ended goalless; given the extent of possession and penetration Arsene Wenger’s men had, this was a surprise. Granit Xhaka finally broke the deadlock less than ten minutes into the second half with a long-range effort - that took a generous deflection off Ander Herrera’s back – before nestling into the top corner, leaving David de Gea swatting at thin air.
A couple of minutes later, boyhood fan and erstwhile Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck slotted a header home from an Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain cross, sending the Emirates crowd into raucous applause.
Jose Mourinho reacted by making a couple of substitutions but by then, Arsenal had momentum and confidence and did not let things get out of control.
Here are our five talking points from the game.
#5 Lucky 13 as Wenger records first Premier League win over Jose
Arsene Wenger recorded his first ever Premier League win against a side managed by Jose Mourinho and it could not have come at a better time, given their position in the league table.
It is also the Gunners’ first ‘competitive’ win over a Mourinho team since Wenger took over; their only other win across all competitions came in the 2015 FA Community Shield game.
Wenger has faced off against teams managed by the Portuguese 12 times before Sunday’s face-off in the league, drawing on seven occasions and losing five. They have also come up against each other twice in the League Cup, with the incumbent United manager victorious on both counts.
Over Mourinho’s two stints at Chelsea and the current season at United, he has managed to come up trumps in the battle against the veteran Frenchman.
However, it was 13th time lucky for Wenger, as his side notched up a crucial league win, faced with the threat of finishing outside the top four for the first time since he has taken charge. It also brought to an end a 25-match unbeaten run for Jose Mourinho & co., a bunch of which were tepid draws played out at home.