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Arsenal score TWICE in injury time to beat Man Utd after VAR intervention – 5 talking points

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ARSENAL 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED: Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in stoppage time as the Gunners saw off their rivals in a controversial encounter where VAR had its say

Arsenal star Declan Rice is already paying back his mammoth fee after he scored in stoppage time to see off Manchester United.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but the hosts were rewarded for their endeavour as their summer signing and the returning Gabriel Jesus both scored in stoppage time to win a controversial encounter that saw VAR thwart both teams.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for a United side who had offered little when he completed a swift counter that saw his side go from defending to 1-0 up within seconds having been played through by Christian Eriksen. The joy of the away side though didn’t last long, 35 seconds in fact following the restart, as Gabriel Martinelli found Martin Odegaard on the edge of the box and he fired home to ignite the Emirates.arsenal

VAR intervened to deny the hosts a second-half penalty when Anthony Taylor did think Kai Havertz had been fouled, which left Mikel Arteta less than impressed. Alejandro Garnacho thought he had himself an 89th minute winner, only for VAR to again have its say and curtail the visiting celebrations.

Arsenal’s £105m signing then hammered home from a corner to put the hosts ahead in the 95th minute before Jesus capped what was a stellar afternoon for the Gunners by finishing off a swift counter, showing sensational composure to finish with the clock hitting the 100 minute mark.

Here’s five talking points from the Emirates.

Arsenal thought they were settling for a point until Rice, their £100m man, showed that he will come up with big moments in the final third as well as in the middle of the pitch. He was his usual excellent self, breaking up play and dictating the pace of the game from the base of midfield.

But he had his biggest moment yet as he made the most of a scrappy corner to fire home. Players in his position don’t often get the chance to justify their fee with goals, but Rice nailed his opportunity. He’s long been tipped for the top, but never had the chance to show it on the biggest stage, he’s certainly proving that now.

 

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