Cristiano Ronaldo nets just days after loss of baby as Xhaka scores stunner for Gunners

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Arsenal beat Man Utd in a frantic clash at Emirates Stadium.

Nuno Tavares gave Arsenal a stellar start against Man Utd as he took advantage of some embarrassing defences.

Eddie Neketia then thought he would double Arsenal’s lead, but the goal was dismissed for offside.

But the Gunners got a second off the same incident, as offside footage also showed Alex Telles had committed a foul, which resulted in Bukayo Saka passing a consequent penalty.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo halved the deficit and skyrocketed emotionally as he netted just days after losing his baby son.

Bruno Fernandes got a chance to equalize from the penalty spot after Tavares’ brutal handball.

But instead he stroked his spot kick outside the post.

And that lapse proved costly as Granit Zaka fired a long-range thunderbolt to make the game safe for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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  • Worth its weight in gold

    It is a matter of debate today as to who finally secured the game in Mikel Arteta’s favour.

    Be it Bruno Fernandes’ missed penalty or Granite Xaka’s strike thunderbolt, the sentiment is all the same at Emirates Stadium.

  • VAR caused more controversy

    The basis for bringing in video technology was to fully address subjective referee decisions and provide stability to the league.

    We all hoped that with the game being played on the letter of the law, there would no longer be a gray area.

    Sadly, we are still left with the decisions to analyze and review the errors made by the authorities.

    The powers that be needed to see the way VAR is applied to the game and the way it plays.

    No one expected a finished product from day one, but there are instances where the problem at hand is not being addressed properly.

  • North London case ahead

    It seems increasingly likely that the race for fourth place in the Premier League table will be between the two rivals from north London.

    Arsenal are currently in fourth place, three points away from Tottenham, with Antonio Conte’s side with a game in hand.

    They meet each other at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 12 May with a crunch encounter that could determine the fate of fourth place.

  • organization has power

    Ralph Rangnick’s comments after United’s loss at Anfield were not well received by all fans at Old Trafford.

    The truth hurts and the team has failed all seven of its managers since the departure of Alex Ferguson.

    The problems at the club run much deeper than a managerial appointment, with Erik ten Haag having a massive rebuilding project ahead of him.

  • FT: Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    The referee brings the game closer to a festive roar from the fans at home.

    Big result for Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal team.

    Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty, actually a loss for Ralph Rangnik and his team today as they dominated at the time.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    90+2. Yellow card for Ronaldo.

    He has a small ticket in Sub Tomiyasu.

    The card comes straight out from the referee.

    Ronaldo is lucky there was no contract because he would have been straight red.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    90. We’re going to have four extra minutes of extra time.

    Tomiyasu comes in for Cedric.

    Pundit is currently struggling to find the man of the match in the Arsenal line-up.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    88. Since Holding’s arrival, Arsenal are now playing with three centre-backs.

    It is working for him because United’s only real outlet is to look for Ronaldo.

    With the extra center half, it is becoming even more difficult for Ronaldo to find the ball.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    86. Arsenal hold on and are looking to play the game.

    Passing the ball to the hail from the crowd.

    Annoying Man Utd players more and more.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    84. Juan Mata came for Bruno Fernandes.

    Man Utd players are now only chasing the shadows.

    With only 6 minutes of normal time remaining, a Man Utd goal now changes the game completely.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    82. Lindelof is booked for a challenge on Neketia.

    United players disappointed

    It takes a while to get disheartened by poor performances, 34 games in a season.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    80. Arsenal are now looking to manage the game.

    Whenever the situation presents itself, take the opportunity to run down the clock.

    United tried to put Ronaldo in but the ball overheated and went past Ramsdale.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    78. The Granite Xhaka goal has completely changed the game.

    United dominated this second half before the goal.

    The spectators’ heads are down and there seems to be no way for them to get back in the game.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    76. Bruno Fernandes has been booked for a foul on Tavares.

    Late challenge from the strappy Portuguese midfielder.

    Elanga and Matic landed for Lingard and Rashford.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    74. Niketia takes a foul from Matic.

    This gives Arsenal some breathing room.

    The Xhaka goal may have ended United’s hopes of Champions League football next season.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    72. Shake is injured on the floor.

    He has indicated to the bench that he needs to come out.

    It looks like the Arsenal youngster has a thigh strain.

    Rob Holding will replace him.

  • Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd

    70. Well we know for sure what was going through Xhaka’s mind at that time.

    The Arsenal midfielder struck from afar with a left footed hammer.

    De Gea has no chance to save her.

  • Target – Granite Xhaka (Arsenal)

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    68. Currently it is all Man Utd.

    Arsenal keeps giving the ball far too easily.

    United need to take some of these chances.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    66. Xhaka receives his mandatory yellow card for the day.

    You really have to wonder what goes through that guy’s mind at times.

    He launches the ball into the stands in front of the official, following the referee’s whistle.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    64. Martinelli comes in for Smith-Roe.

    This Arsenal youngster is missing something today.

    Elanga goes to the ground in the box, claiming the penalty.

    Since the foul initially started outside the box, VAR cannot be included.

    Ridiculous rules.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    62. Man Utd breaks with numbers.

    Ronaldo feeds Dalot from outside who shoots.

    Ramsdale gets a finger to deflect on the post.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    60. The ball floats into the box, Ronaldo turns it and strikes the back of the net.

    The lineman immediately hoists his flag.

    VAR confirms the decision.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd – Elanga Chance!

    58. This is Man Utd in the second half so far.

    Elanga tries an attempt from outside the box, but Ramsdale makes sweeping suggestions to the post.

    Arsenal is currently camping in its own half.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

    56. Remembering Bruno Fernandes!

    His stutterer runs towards the ball, cornering the ball and backing away from the post.

    What a missed opportunity for United.



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