Arsenal inflict first Premier League defeat on Man United's Solskjaer

Arsenal inflict first Premier League defeat on Man United's Solskjaer

Arsenal inflict first Premier League defeat on Man United's Solskjaer

The defeat was United's first in the league under Solskjaer.

Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal's stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt on Sunday.

There are just five points separating sixth-placed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in third, meaning the race for Champions League qualification looks set to go down to the wire.

Arsenal do not face any of the top six in their remaining eight league games, whilst United host title-chasing Manchester City and Chelsea in the coming weeks on top of their Champions League and FA Cup commitments.

Manchester United pulled off a major coup in Paris midweek when they defeat Paris Saint Germain 3-1 to progress to the quarterfinal of the Champions League against all odds. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. Torreira has appeared in every game this season and his suspension will force Unai Emery to make a change to his regular lineup.

"Being competitive like today for 90 minutes can give us a stronger mentality".

When the Swiss global let fly from 30 yards in the 12th minute, the ball swerved menacingly in the air and completely wrong-footed David de Gea.

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In the 12th minute De Gea was caught out horribly by a swerving shot from Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka which wrong-footed the Spaniard before hitting the back of the net. They beat us two months ago so it's going to be a good opportunity for us to know where we are if we honestly have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

Despite the negatives, Solskjaer's men were actually unfortunate to at least not have scored a goal if not equalise the tie. "But we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game". The win puts Arsenal back into fourth place, two points ahead of United, and handed Solskjaer his first league loss since taking over as United manager in December.

It read: "We utterly condemn the behaviour of the individual who ran onto the pitch and approached Chris Smalling during today's match". "At the moment I think we are playing consistently, but we need to be calm and patient".

Later in the second half, a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which De Gea also failed to save, ended up sealing the win for the London outfit.

"I don't want that", Emery said when asked about the pitch invasion.

"I knew it would be tough, but I was really confident", said the Gabon global.

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