Another week of Premier League football, another week of drama. Arsenal faced Cardiff and paid tribute to Emiliano Sala at the Emirates. Manchester United were looking to extend Solksjaer’s run of wins to 9 out of 9 as they faced Burnley at Old Trafford.
Arsenal were without Koscielney and Sokratis due to injuries, hence Monreal had to play as the makeshift defender with Mustafi. Cardiff started with Bobby Reid and Patterson as forwards, while the Gunners played with their forwards- Aubameyang and Lacazette. Ozil was the captain for the night.
The gunners began quite slowly. Cardiff’s midfield were on the front foot as Gunnarsson bulleted through the weak Arsenal midfield. Both Patterson and Bobby Reid had great chances to score but Leno saved. Further, Lacazette was presented a hard opportunity to score as the Cardiff defense were arriving fast. It was a boring first half as the scores remained 0 a piece. Emery brought on Iwobi in the second half to provide some width instead of the defensive Guendozi. Iwobi slid in a ball for Kolasinac who got the better of Bamab, as he won a penalty to which Aubameyang scored emphatically. The Emirates was a happier place. Lacazette received the ball from Ozil and then drove through the defense outpacing the bunch and scoring a striker’s goal. With seconds left to play, Mendex Laing scored one back for Cardiff City. Arsenal won at the Emirates.
Burnley faced Manchester United at Old Trafford as the red devils wanted to extend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s amazing winning streak. Burnley who were near the relegation zone needed the points too. Lukaku, Martial and Lingard began for United, while Wood and Barnes commenced the proceedings for Burnley.
The first half was quiet with Burnley looking to defend, while Manchester United looked weka in attack with Lukaku’s sloppiness mixed with the midfield not providing opportunities. The first 45 showed no signs of entertainment as the mutuals were disappointed. With the second half, changes came joy too. However, Burnley were the first to strike. Following a set-piece situation, Barnes was the first to react to the loose ball as he thundered the ball in the net. Burnley were unexpectedly a goal up. Wood added to Barnes with a header as Lindelof played him onside. Burnley were 2-0 up with less than 10 minutes to go. In the 86th minute, Lingard drove through the defense, only to be stopped by Mee, who gave away a penalty. Pogba scored and all the momentum was with United. With extra-time in play, Alexis Sanchez headed powerfully, however, Heaton matched. Lindelof pounced on Heaton’s clearance to score United’s leveler. United saved themselves from an embarrassing defeat as Solksjaer is still unbeaten.