Arsenal Stuns Manchester United with Late Goals in Thrilling 3-1 Victory
In a thrilling Premier League showdown on Sunday, Arsenal secured a sensational 3-1 victory over Manchester United with late goals from their record signing, Declan Rice, and Gabriel Jesus.
The match appeared destined to end in a draw, with both teams facing late twists and turns. United had a late goal disallowed, and Arsenal saw a penalty decision overturned. However, the 96th minute brought euphoria to Arsenal fans when Declan Rice, who arrived from West Ham United for a staggering £105 million ($132 million) fee, found the net with a deflected shot.
Gabriel Jesus added to the excitement by sealing the victory with a superb finish during a counter-attack, capitalizing on United's commitment to attack with all their resources.
Reflecting on his crucial goal, Rice remarked to Sky Sports, "I think I controlled it with my chin and just had a shot, if you don't shoot you don't score."
Manchester United's disappointment was palpable, especially when substitute Alejandro Garnacho's late winner was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.
The match had initially seen Marcus Rashford give United an unexpected lead in the 27th minute, as he hammered a shot home following a counter-attack. However, Arsenal swiftly responded, with Martin Odegaard finding the net less than a minute later to level the score.
Arsenal's hopes of taking the lead were dashed midway through the second half when they were initially awarded a penalty for a foul on Kai Havertz in the area. However, referee Anthony Taylor changed his decision after consulting the VAR monitor.
As a result of this dramatic victory, Mikel Arteta's Arsenal collected 10 points from four games, putting them level with three other clubs, trailing leaders Manchester City by two points. In contrast, Manchester United found themselves in 11th place with six points, already having suffered two defeats. United manager Erik ten Hag expressed his frustration, disagreeing with the decision to disallow Garnacho's goal, emphasizing the fine margins that decided the match.