Arsenal stay top with 90th-minute Nketiah winner in Manchester United thriller
24 January, 2023
Arsenal just keep matching on their path to the Premier League title, most recently coming from behind to beat Manchester United 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners fought back and led at 2-1 before being pegged back themselves, but an Eddie Nketiah winner in the 90th minute secured the points and might have ended United's title chances.
Arsenal are now five points clear of Manchester City despite having played one game fewer compared to Pep Guardiola's men.
A shaky start
Marcus Rashford has been in fine form himself recently and he opened the scoring early on with a brilliant solo effort. Beating Thomas Partey with ease, the England forwarddrove towards the box before rifling in a low effort that found the bottom corner. But Arsenal have shown grit this season and they had to do just that again. Nketiah drew them level as he finished a sublime Granit Xhaka cross with his head.
A strong second half
The first half had its entertainment, but the second 45 minutes were another step up. Bukayo Saka scored a stunning goal of his own, perhaps bettering his international teammate's opener, and put the Gunners ahead for the first time on the day just after half time.
That lead wouldn't last though. Lisandro Martinez levelled within minutes, and the two had set up a stunning final half hour in which blows were traded right until the last whistle.
It wasn't until the 90th minute that Arsenal got back in front, with Nketiah doing well to deflect an effort past David De Gea from close range, with the Spaniard having made a fine save just a few minutes earlier. The goal was checked by VAR for two possible counts of offside, but it stood and the Emirates erupted.
Arsenal have now played half of their games for the season, and have racked up an impressive 50 points already, losing just once - in their first game against Manchester United.