Video Highlights: Gabriel and Rice save the day for Arsenal in famous win over Man United
Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored stoppage-time goals to take Arsenal to a famous 3-1 win over Man United at the Emirates at the weekend.
Marcus Rashford put the away team ahead 27 minutes into the contest, expertly finishing off a counter-attack completely against the run of play.
The lead lasted less than one minute, though, as Martin Odegaard equalised with a smart finish to immediately end United celebrations.
Six minutes past the 90, it was the unlikely hero in Rice who fired home the winner, a deflected shot that proved too much for Andra Onana to deal with.
United pushed for an equaliser but Jesus was sent through on goal and he calmly slotted home to send the Emirates wild
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BIG HAVERTZ CLAIM MADE –
New boy Kai Havertz will continue to struggle for form and the right position at Arsenal, it has been claimed this weekend.
The decision was made from ARSENAL to splash £65 million on the German at the very start of the summer transfer window in a move that shocked many in the Premier League.
He had a decent pre-season and looked like he was settling into life at the Emirates pretty well, but he has not started the new season like many people had hope for and looks like the player that was pretty much useless last season for Chelsea.
Now – ex-defender William Gallas has opened up and tipped the German star to be a flop for Arsenal, as they simply do not know what the right position is for the attacker to play.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID –
The Frenchman told Gambling Zone: “At the moment Havertz isn’t performing. I was surprised to see him go to Arsenal. They could have got another player.
“It is difficult for him to find the right position.
“How Arsenal play is not the same as Chelsea – it’s hard for him at the moment. I don’t think he is going to be a success at Arsenal.”
Arteta, however, remains adamant Havertz will come good and insists the lack stability in a side which has been forced to cope with a spate of injuries and suspensions already this term has hardly helped his adaptation process.
‘He can play in so many different roles and play it so well,’ said Arteta
‘He has a football brain, how he understands when to move, how to move, when to stay, when to run. It’s phenomenal. At the moment, it’s true that he’s played with three different people behind him (Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior) and they are the ones that have to make him good.
‘These guys depend on the ones in the back. I was a midfielder, if, the two central defenders are like this [with their eyes closed] and they give you the ball all the time to the wrong foot at the right time with the wrong pace. Disaster, I look bad. If I have good players behind me they make life much easier. So let’s do that.’
PEPE TO FINALLY MOVE?
It has been claimed that Nicolas Pepe still has an opportunity to leave Arsenal this September.
Pepe scored 27 goals in 112 appearances in his three seasons at ARSENAL but struggled to make an impact in his final campaign under Mikel Arteta. The Ivory Coast international was allowed to leave Arsenal last summer as he joined Nice on loan for the full season.
Pepe enjoyed a decent season with the French giants – but was plagued by injuries over the last few months of the season which hindered his game time in Ligue 1 – and his ability to score the goals he was at the beginning of the season.
He has been the recipient of limited transfer interest over the course of a summer during which he was left out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour and asked to train away from the first team squad, and has now been left in limbo after failing to secure a move away.
WHAT IS THE LATEST –
The Gunners still need to recoup some cash after spending more than £200m on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Timber, and the Saudi Pro League looks like their last hope after failing to shift the winger before September 1.
Turkey is also an option for Pepe, with Super Lig clubs able to make signings until September 8.
Arsenal know they will not be able to recover much of the £72m spent on the 28-year-old in 2019.
Pepe came to ARSENAL with all the talent and all the quality to make an impact, but he couldn’t handle the pressure of playing for a big club, he never really gave 100 per cent and was just a massive waste of money.
His career is pretty much over at the top level and it will be interesting to see what happens with him next as a move away from the top Leagues seems to be the best option.
A move to Saudi Arabia would give him the chance to earn some big cash while getting to play every week – but it seems that they are not really interested in a potential deal.
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