Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck netted goals in second half as Arsenal defeated Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League contest at Emirates Stadium. With this win, Gunners revive their hopes of a top-four finish as they have four more matches remaining.
After the goalless first-half, Xhaka’s deflected strike in the 54th minute handed hosts an opening lead. Three minutes later Welbeck doubled the lead for his side, and then Arsenal never allowed the Red Devils to strike back.
Interestingly, this is Arsene Wenger’s first ever competitive win over Jose Mourinho. Despite this win Arsenal still find themselves on the sixth spot, but they have narrowed the difference with United and now trail by just two points. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City currently occupy the top four standings. Also Read- EPL: Leicester City climb into top half, Bournemouth survive relegation scare
The defeat for United means, their unbeaten run in the league, stretching back to October last year when they lost Chelsea 4-0, is over.
Earlier, Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Southampton at Anfield. It was James Milner’s missed penalty that denied Liverpool a win and a chance to boost their Champions League qualification.
Liverpool despite having the majority of possession in the initial stages of the game failed to net a goal. Southampton were spot on with their defence as they kept the home side at bay.
However, after the match Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp appeared happy with the fact that his side denied a point to Southampton. “It was good enough to win, but it was a difficult game,” Klopp was quoted as saying by skysports.com. Also Read- La Liga 2016-17: Barcelona thrash Villareal 4-1; Real Madrid thump Granada 4-0
“Southampton played really unlike them, they came here looking for a point, so I am fine with how we defended over the 90 minutes because they did not create anything other than one or two counterattacks,” he added.