Aubameyang spot on to earn Arsenal elusive win at Manchester United
Penalty seals the points at Old Trafford as Gunners end their big-six hoodoo with first away victory since 2015
01 November, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
MANCHESTER UNITED 0
ARSENAL 1 (Aubameyang 69 pen)
PIERRE-EMERICK Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proved enough to earn Arsenal their first Premier League away win over Manchester United since 2006.
Aubameyang kept his cool from 12-yards as he sent David de Gea the wrong way on 69 minutes after Paul Pogba carelessly fouled Hector Bellerin.
Mikel Arteta spoke of his “pride” as he reflected on the well-deserved 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, which ended the Gunners run of 29 games – spanning almost six years – without a win against the so-called big-six.
“I’m delighted because we played with a lot of courage and big personality,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Individually you have to win the fights and step up to the occasion, and we did that. The performance of every player today was top drawer.”
Acknowledging Arsenal’s form against the top-six, Arteta added: “I didn’t tell the players about the record. I wanted to keep it quiet from them. I wanted to generate belief. I just asked them to be who we are as a team right now.”
With new signing Thomas Partey bossing the midfield, the north Londoners dominated the first-half. But the few chances that came their way were squandered, with Willian skimming the top of the crossbar and Bukayo Saka heading over when unmarked.
They continued to miss the target after the break, with Aubameyang curling an effort just wide of de Gea’s far post.
But the Arsenal skipper got another chance from the penalty spot after Pogba clipped Bellerin in the box, and this time Aubameyang converted with aplomb to end his run of five league games without a goal.
United almost scored a lucky equaliser late on when Donny van de Beek’s cross-shot flicked off Mohamed Elneny and then into the face of Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno before bouncing to safety off a post.
But Arsenal were well worth the win, a result that moves them up to eighth in the table, while United remain in 15th.
Delighted match-winner Aubameyang said he was “really happy” with the win. He added: “It was a very tough night but the team did very well. It’s been a long time since we won here.
“We knew we had to score after having opportunities in the first-half. And then we had the penalty. We work a lot with our penalties in training so we are pretty confident.
“We knew since the beginning that we had to trust the process. Mikel is bringing something very nice and we have to follow.”
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred (Matic, 62), McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes (van de Beek, 75), Greenwood (Cavani, 75), Rashford
Substitutes not used: Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe, Mata
Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Elneny, Partey, Saka, Willian (Maitland-Niles, 86), Lacazette (Nketiah, 76), Aubameyang (Mustafi, 87)
Substitutes not used: Runarsson, Ceballos, Xhaka, Pepe