Arsenal beat United to keep title hopes alive

 Arsenal faced their toughest test yet in their bid to break away at the top of the Premier League and mount a serious title challenge as they won 3-2 against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

A victory would have restored Mikel Arteta’s team’s advantage to five points over Manchester City with a game in hand and they dom­inated against Erik ten Hag’s side to earn a deserved win.

Marcus Rashford put the visi­tors ahead after 17 minutes with a thunderous drive from 25 yards out to score his ninth Premier League of the season. But the lead was cut short after Eddie Nketiah levelled the score with a fine header seven minutes later.

BukayoSaka had tormented Luke Shaw on the right and the 20-year-old produced a stunning effort to complete the turnaround and put Arsenal 2-1 ahead on 53 minutes. But United hit back in quick fashion with Lisandro Mar­tinez reacting quickly to head past Aaron Ramsdale.

With the clock ticking down, Nketiah prodded home in the 90th minute to steal all three points.

In a pulsating contest with chances at both ends, both sides provided brilliant entertainment for the packed-out crowd at the Emirates Stadium. —Express

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