Arsenal – Manchester United: Emery’s Gamble Pays Off In Open Match (2-0)
Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United opened up the race for the top-four once again, thanks to Unai Emery’s team selection and a committed performance from his side. While United did not play badly by any stretch of the imagination, a number of missed chances alongside Arsenal’s comparative ruthlessness in front of goal gave the Gunners a vital victory.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
Heading into Sunday’s game at the Emirates Stadium, the moods hanging around Arsenal and Manchester United were quite different. Arsenal, having been shocked away at Rennes on Thursday in the Europa League, had a number of questions to answer in this match. The Gunners have been terribly inconsistent throughout this season, and manager Unai Emery has seen his selections constantly critiqued by a disgruntled fanbase.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his Manchester United side, on the other hand, were riding high: an incredibly improbable second-leg comeback against Paris Saint-Germain leaving supporters in relative dreamland. Making the most of chances certainly has been one of the key themes of Solskjær’s reign, as PSG were arguably the far better team in both matches, but still lost the tie.
When the team selections were unveiled an hour before kick-off, there was a bit of a shock when the Gunners eleven was released. Many of the questions throughout the season have been regarding two areas . . .