Arsenal left Old Trafford with regrets. Regrets of not holding up to the lead twice, no thanks to erroneous defending and a couple of injuries to make the December ride a little bit difficult.
A 2-2 draw at Old Trafford is not a bad result but the Gunners will continue to wish they held up to the 2-1 lead or Aubameyang tucked in Kolasinac’s assist or Mkhi directed the ball beyond De Gea to make it 3-2. The Red Devils played like Rugby FC and racked up yellow cards at will. Even Fellani took pleasure in pulling Guendouzi’s hair.
De Gea made a mess of Mustafi’s header in the first half but rose up in the second half to deny Aubameyang twice in the second half – close range and a shot from outside the box. With over 6 Gunners in the box, Martial found a way to tuck in United’s first half equalizer, even though there were concerns of offside – marginal and difficult to detect. United’s second equalizer came off a mistake from Kolasinac who was a torn to their backline. Sad way to end the game for the Bosnian.
Looking back to before the North London Derby, getting 4 out of 6 points from Spurs and United is a positive one. The victory over Tottenham Hotspurs took its toil. Coming from 2-1 down in the first half the Gunners defeated their North London rivals 4-2 with goals from Aubameyang, Lacazette and Lucas Torreira.
The 4-2 win at the Emirates was an indication of Unai Emery’s determination to steer the ship to glory. The double substitution at half time changed the game. Last night, the injuries to Ramsey and Holding made such changes difficult for the Manager but Arsenal earned a 2-2 draw.
17, 18, 19, and 20 unbeaten matches cannot be swept under the carpet. It is Arsenal’s longest unbeaten record in all matches since 2007 where they went 28 games unbeaten. Unai’s men have shown commendable hardwork and grit to avoid defeat in 20 consecutive matches.
Hopefully the unbeaten run continues longer than in 2007 and a trophy to show for it. Up next is Huddersfield in the Premier League and Qarabag FK in the Europa League. A younger Arsenal side saw off Vorskla 3-0 in Ukraine and their youthfulness will be needed in these times against Lesser teams.
Unai’s Gunners are matching on. Who will stop them? Not the Devil.