Premier League – Late Tyler Blackett own goal keeps Arsenal in third...

Premier League – Late Tyler Blackett own goal keeps Arsenal in third spot

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Premier League – Late Tyler Blackett own goal keeps Arsenal in third spot

Premier League, Old Trafford: Manchester United 1 (Herrera 30′) Arsenal 1 (Blackett og 82)

An own goal from Manchester United substitute Tyler Blackett cancelled out Ander Herrera‘s excellent first-half volley to keep Arsenal in third spot.

Herrera opened the scoring with a smashing strike, meeting Ashley Young‘s cross from the left at the far post and before sending a controlled volley beyondDavid Ospina.

Marouane Fellaini was the dominant force for United in the first half, running the play and preventing Arsenal from getting into their stride.

It took until the second half for the Gunners to manage a shot on target or even a corner, although they were much improved after the break.

The home side looked like holding on, though, until goalkeeper David de Gea had to be replaced by Premier League debutant Victor Valdes with 15 minutes remaining due to a hip injury.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper was soon picking the ball out of his net as Theo Walcott‘s cross was deflected over him by fellow substitute Tyler Blackett.

Arsenal celebrate their late equaliser

KEY MOMENTS

28′ CHAOS! What are Jones and de Gea doing? Absolute chaos, but the goalkeeper manages to reclaim some dignity by booting the dangerous backpass clear. That would have seen Giroud clear on goal.

30′ GOAL! What a casually powerful swing of the leg there from Herrera. He picks up Young’s cross at the far post and just puts his boot through it beautifully.

63′ NEAR! Oh, dear, shambles. Ozil manages to bring Jones wide with him, he plays it behind Giroud, but Rojo is confused and loses his footing – even then Giroud can’t get his shot away properly.

70′ CLOSE! Another great run from Ramsey, who nips the ball over de Gea, but Rojo does really well to just hack that away.

82′ GOAL! What a horror! Great ball from Ramsey to Walcott, who sends in a cross that deflects in off Blackett’s boot. Valdes has already made his move and couldn’t get anything to the ball.

88′ CHANCE! Chance for van Persie! Fellaini knocks it down to him in the middle, but he’s falling backwards and that’s well over the bar.

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Marouane Fellaini challenges Olivier Giroud

STATISTICS

Ander Herrera’s goal was his sixth goal from his seven shots on target up to that point in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal conceded a first-half goal in the Premier League for the first time since New Year’s Day against Southampton.

Arsenal failed to have a single shot in the first half of a Premier League game for the first time since November 2004 v Liverpool.

Arsenal earn their first point at Old Trafford since 16 May 2009, ending a five-match losing streak at United.

Ander Herrera celebrates with Juan Mata after scoring the first goal for Manchester United

TALKING POINT

Was that David de Gea’s last appearance at Old Trafford? He limped off with a hip injury in the second half, and although he received a standing ovation from the fans, he didn’t seem to reciprocate it in the kind of emotional farewell way we’ve come to expect from departing footballers. Maybe a glimmer of hope there for United fans.

MATCHCAST: AS IT HAPPENED

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ashley Young (Manchester United). A constant lively presence down the flanks.

PLAYER RATINGS MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea 7, Valencia 7, Jones 5, Smalling 6, Rojo 7, Mata 7, Blind 7, Herrera 7, Young 8, Fellaini 8,Falcao 6. SUBS: Valdes 5, Blackett 5, McNair, Di Maria, Januzaj, van Persie 5, Wilson.

ARSENAL: Ospina 7, Bellerin 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Monreal 7, Coquelin 7, Cazorla 7, Ramsey 8, Ozil 7, Sanchez 7, Giroud 7. SUBS: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini 5, Rosicky, Wilshere 6, Walcott 6.

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