Arsenal came out as winners against Man Utd at The Emirates this afternoon, after two great goals, first one excellent shot from Granit Xhaka and then a penalty shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang.
Manchester United had made a few changes since that fantastic achievement in Paris midweek, and they really showed quality enough to win another battle at The Emirates, but it wasn’t to be.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is growing into a leading act in the Premier League and showing quality which is needed to be a top four team. You need a brilliant goalkeeper, one who steps up and pick up points for you.
You can say that those scoring the goals are those picking up points, but with a quality goalkeeper it can be the difference between being a top four club or not. Today this was a key fact as Leno made som fantastic saves from espicially Lukaku chances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interviewed after the game and got the conclusion that one day the defeat had to come, but as Solskjaer countered, no it has not, and that is the real quality and hopefully this will trigger his team against Wolverhampton in the quarters of the FA Cup and it will be a difficult game, a real difficult one.
Wolves kept Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge today and to call that event at Molineux a walk in the park, is not what we would like to do. Solskjaer needs to be fielding his best side as we of course believe he will do.
Ashley Young showed the quality needed today and that attitude will be of crucial importance when you need to bounce back. Todays match also shows that Arsenal is a great team, a team in progress and that Unai Emery can take Arsenal places.
A defeat away against Rennes must be turned in the Europa League and hopefully The Gunners can be seen as a possible finalist in that competition. Chelsea are still also in the competition and with a possible English winner, you will have five clubs in the Champions League next season, that looks 100% possible.