Premier League Arsenal End Old Trafford Curse To Keep Title Race Alive

After breaking through an Old Trafford curse, Arsenal defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League and maintain their hopes of winning the title.

On the 20th minute, Arsenal defeated United away for just the second time in their previous 17 games, thanks to a goal from Leandro Trossard, which gave them a point advantage at the top.

With two games remaining to Arsenal’s one, Manchester City still holds the power to decide who will win the championship.

But, in advance of their challenging trip to Tottenham on Tuesday, the Gunners continued to put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s team.

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United’s chances of participating in Europe the next season were further damaged by the defeat.

Though they were more resilient than in their crushing 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Monday, Erik ten Hag’s team has now only triumphed once in their last eight Premier League games.

United is still in ninth place in the standings, three points behind Chelsea and Newcastle, whom they play on Wednesday.

Arsenal has been playing brilliantly in 2024 to keep themselves in the running for their first league championship in 20 years.

Since the start of the season, Mikel Arteta’s team has won 15 and drawn 1 of their 17 league games.

However, Arsenal was far from playing at their peak as the predicted assault by an injured United never materialised in the unusually oppressive heat in the northwest of England.

Ten Hag, the manager of United, was under more pressure following the way United lost at Palace.

He introduced three new players to the squad that defeated Selhurst Park: Scott McTominay, Sofyan Amrabat, and Amad Diallo.

A long list of absences, including captain Bruno Fernandes, and a bench crowded with youth once again limited the Dutchman’s options.

However, his choice to keep Casemiro as a temporary centre back following his poor performance against Palace will serve as yet another stick to beat the struggling coach with.

Due to his poor form, the captain of Brazil was left out of their roster for the Copa America midweek.

Casemiro was responsible for the first goal after United had held the free-scoring visitors at bay for the first twenty minutes.

After struggling to play Kai Havertz onside following a United goal-kick, the 32-year-old managed to sneak in behind Casemiro and tap in the German’s cross with a steal.

Rather than at Wembley, Jim Ratcliffe, United’s new co-owner, was at Old Trafford to watch the club’s women win their first major prize in the FA Cup final.

Ratcliffe’s work before of him has been made clear in recent weeks, but the home team did hold onto most of the 74,00 spectators when they took Arsenal to task after the interval.

However, Arsenal remained resilient and held out for their sixth straight league away clean sheet without being significantly threatened.

Alejandro Garnacho was the only bright spot for United, but his finest opportunity to equalise was blasted into the side net.

Andre Onana’s outstanding saves denied Gabriel Martinelli and Declan Rice, denying Arsenal the second goal they desperately needed to avert a tense conclusion.

With ten minutes remaining out of ninety, Martinelli took the ball to the corner, demonstrating the visitors’ desperation to finish the game.

However, Arsenal only raised a small enough question to be asked of City, who host West Ham on the last day of the season following their midweek trip to north London.

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