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Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal: 3 reasons why Arsenal were not able to beat Manchester United | Premier League 2018-19

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Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester United on a night where both teams could have won, and the match was quite open ended. Arsenal gave away a bizarre goal, and also scored a bizarre goal as neither team came up with neat finishes to clinch three points.

Arsenal were not up to the levels shown in the North London derby as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to get on the scoresheet even after a lot of openings made by The Gunners through the United defense.

As has been the case throughout the season, Arsenal played with more purpose in the second half, and it was their complacent defense for the second United goal which left the traveling fans disappointed.

United meanwhile will be ruing the fact that one of the best goal-keepers, David De Gea, committed a school boy error to give the initial edge to The Gunners.

Here are the three reasons why Arsenal came out with only a single point from the match.

#1 Injuries

Arsenal missed Holding in the second half
Arsenal missed Holding in the second half

It was a nightmare for The Gunners medical staff as player after player were getting injured. It started with Rob Holding in the first half. Arsenal missed Holding in the second half as he is the fastest center half The Gunners have, and the lack of pace was exploited by Lingard in United’s second goal.

Aaron Ramsey, the main creator of the day had to limp off at half time, and could not take the field in the second half. Mkhitaryan looked good, but Ramsey’s drive was missed in the second half.

Torreira took 3-4 knocks in the match and it will be surprising to see if he returns to action fully fit during Arsenal's next match. Xhaka’s absence also made The Gunners midfield an overrun one as his positional play and creating from the back was missed.

Most of the injuries were caused due to this overrunning, and Unai Emery will be keenly interested in knowing which players will miss out completely in the next match.

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