Marcus Rashford scored twice, while new signing Antony added a goal in his first appearance for United, who claimed a thrilling 3-1 victory against an Arsenal side who were playing well. The whole game, Arsenal presented a danger. Erik Ten Hag applauded Antony’s deadly partnership with Marcus Rashford for United’s opener in his debut. Mikel Arteta made three changes, bringing in Fabio Vieira on debut, but that backfired when United scored a third again, in counter-attacking fashion as Christian Eriksen selflessly laid the ball off for Marcus Rashford to tap home from close range to give Erik ten Hag a fourth straight victory.
United took the lead 35 minutes into the game via Antony, as Marcus Rashford laid off to allow Antony to shoot past Aaron Ramsdale, becoming the 21st United player to score in their Premier League debut. Manchester United ended Arsenal‘s winning start to the Premier League season with an exciting clash which saw Antony scoring his first and Marcus Rashford scoring his fast-fire brace after Bukayo Saka levelled the match. Cristiano Ronaldo then took over for the Brazilian international at the hour mark. He seems to think that the 37-year-old’s substitution of him was one of the highlights of his debut. League leaders Arsenal dominated possession, but English legendary club Manchester United capitalised in big moments, highlighting that both Marcus Rashfords goals came off brilliant counter-attacks. Arsenal punished some slippage against the run of play and went back ahead through counter-attacking, following Fernandes’ sliding ball to Marcus Rashford. Bruno Fernandes unlocked their defenders with a perfectly weighted pass across for Rashford, who fired a shot past Aaron Ramsdale through the diving Ben White, who had gone down trying to block.
The critical difference was Eriksen. I believe that Odegaard was in charge and occasionally ran him ragged. Eriksen, though, possesses a skill Arsenal lacks: he can pass the ball over the lines, as he did with Bruno Fernandes in the first half to get the opener. The difference between the two sides, in my opinion, was that even though Arsenal had Xhaka and Lokonga, they won’t cross the goal line. Eriksen has that passing. I believe that Arsenal will finish ahead of Manchester United if Gabriel Jesus keeps scoring. But I think that Arsenal’s next few weeks are crucial. You are on the crest of a wave after five straight victories, but you recently dropped a match. How do they recover? You must triumph in your upcoming game.
Arsenal now moves their focus to Europa League, where they will go against FC Zurich in the opening group stage matches.