Arsenal best Man United to keep Champions League hopes alive

Arsenal could yet chase for a place in the Champions League next season after a 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester United at the Emirates.

Nine minutes in after an uneventful first half, Granit Xhaka scored the opening goal for the Gunners with a shot deflected off Ander Herrera from distance that wrong-footed, and lobbed keeper David de Gea.

Arsenal built on the advantage and quickly doubled their lead three minutes later when Danny Welbeck headed home against his former club, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s right-wing cross whistling over the box and Welbeck rising up between the United defence to land a precise header.

After both goals, United boss Jose Mourinho brought in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to attempt turning the game around but to no avail.

Although Arsenal stays at sixth place in the Premier League table despite the win, the result was a welcome one especially after their clean 2-0 defeat to city rivals Tottenham Hotspur last week.

It also give hopes to Arsenal’s chase for a Champions League place, and ends an unwanted record for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger against Jose Mourinho as the Frenchman finally wins a fixture against a Mourinho team.

For United, it also meant the end of their 25-game unbeaten record, and Mourinho also wrote off his Manchester United team’s chances of qualification to the Champions League via a top-four Premier League finish.

With eight changes to their team who won at Celta Vigo at the Europa League mid-week, United never looked threatening up front against Arsenal.

Indeed, Mourinho had already said ahead of the game that he intended to rest key players ahead of United’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, in which his team have a 1-0 advantage, as it represent the best chance United would have for Champions League football next season.

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