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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: Pepe, Sokratis hand Arteta first win against Red Devils
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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: Pepe, Sokratis hand Arteta first win against Red Devils

Arsenal produced an impressive performance for a well-deserved victory as they beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening. 

Arsenal dominated the first half with goals from Nicholas Pepe and Sokratis putting the Gunners in control against visiting United. In the second half, they showed impressive defensive discipline to keep the visitors at bay. A great night for them, but disappointment for United.

The north London side opened its 2020 account in style as Mikel Arteta registered his first-ever win as Arsenal manager. 

Pepe goal 8'

Arsenal scored from their first attack and it was that man Nicholas Pepe with the goal. It came from the left flan, where Kolasinac exchanged passes with Aubameyang and got to the byline. His cut-back was aimed towards Lacazette at the near post, but it was deflected on to Pepe and he finished emphatically. 

Arsenal went close to getting the second as Pepe cracked a curling shot against the outside of the post from 25 yards out. It came after De Gea had badly miskicked a clearance. 

Sokratis goal 43'

Arsenal doubled their lead just before half-time. Pepe sent over a corner from the right. It was headed towards goal by Lacazette at the near post and De Gea can only parry it. The loose ball bounced off Lindelof's back and Sokratis was there to smash it into the roof of the net.

Match facts

  • This was Arsenal’s first Premier League win of the season against a team currently in the top half of the Premier League (P10 W1 D4 L5). 
  • Arsenal have scored eight goals via corners in the Premier League this season, two more than any other team.
  • Amongst all players within the Top 5 European leagues since the start of last season, only Lionel Messi (45) has scored more left-footed league goals than Nicolas Pépé (24 - alongside Mo Salah).
  • Manchester United have lost three of their last four away Premier League games against Arsenal (W1), as many as they had in their previous 13 trips to the Emirates or Highbury in the competition (W4 D6 L3). 
  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is the seventh manager to register his first Premier League victory in a game against Manchester United, and the first since Darren Moore in April 2018 with West Brom.