In another intense Premier League derby, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as the Gunners beat hosts Manchester United 1-0 to seal its first win for 14 years in a Premier League match at the legendary Old Trafford. It is also for the first time in 30 Premier League matches that Arsenal beat a ‘big six’ rival away from home.
Arsenal’s last win at Old Trafford in an EPL game was in 2006, when Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were the managers and current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still playing for the club. The Gunners hadn’t beaten United away since an FA Cup game in 2015, part of a longstanding streak of poor form when facing England’s biggest clubs on the road.
“At half-time we were concerned we hadn’t scored but we knew that in the second half we had to score because we had some opportunists in the first half,” said Aubameyang, whose goal moved Arsenal level on points with Chelsea in fifth. “We managed the first half well and then in the second half we managed to score. After that, everyone wanted to defend as a squad. We did that well and I’m happy.”
Aubameyang ended also ended his five-game goal drought in the league when he stepped up to convert a 69th-minute spot-kick after Paul Pogba fouled Hector Bellerin. Harry Maguire could have given United the lead in the 55th but his header at a corner went just wide of the left post, while Donny van de Beek’s chance for a late equaliser was denied by Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno on to the post.
“I know how tough this league is and you cannot compare it to any other league in the world,” Arteta told a news portal, “but we try to pick certain characteristics in the profile of players that we want to find for our club. I want to minimize the risk by looking and looking and making sure that they can contribute to what we’re trying to do.”
United, on the other hand, remain winless at home, failing to win any of their four home league games this season, with the three defeats including a humiliating 6-1 rout against Tottenham. The Red Devils moved far down the table in 15th with only seven points from its first six games of the season, their worst start to a home league campaign since 1972-73.
Elsewhere, Gareth Bale netted his first goal for Tottenham in seven and a half years and rescued the Spurs’ in the match against Brighton, netting a 73rd minute winner just three minutes after being substituted onto the field in a 2-1 win. Harry Kane opened the scoring for the match before Brighton’s right-back Lamptey equalized in the 56th minute. They now sit behind Liverpool on top of the table.