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Arsenal beat Man Utd 3-2 to go five-point clear



Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 in a thrilling match at the Emirates thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s last-minute goal, restoring the league leaders’ five-point lead over Manchester City.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for Manchester United with a brilliant run and strike, the forward’s ninth goal in nine games in all competitions since the World Cup ended, the most of any player in Europe’s big five leagues.

Nketiah’s powerful close-range header made it 18 goals in his last 26 starts for the club, an impressive streak that includes 12 goals in his last 13 starts at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s side went ahead for the first time thanks to Bukayo Saka’s fizzing drive from distance eight minutes into the second half.

But United were back on level terms six minutes later as Lisandro Martinez scored his first goal for United, the Argentina World Cup winner taking advantage of Aaron Ramsdale’s mistake to float a header into the net.

But there was late, late drama as Nketiah touched home Martin Odegaard’s mishit shot and, after a tense check for offside by the Video Assistant Referee, the roof came off the Emirates.

As a result, Arsenal restore their five-point lead over second-placed City, who had beaten Wolves 3-0 earlier in the day, while United remain fourth in the table and now lie 11 points off the leaders, who also have a game in hand on their title rivals.

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