By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal starting line up: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang
On the beach: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Nketiah, Lacazette.
United with the better start in the opening 15 minutes but only one shot from them that was stopped by Leno. Arsenal not really calm on the ball but rushing it too much. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Finally Kolasinac with a good run but United can clear the low cross. Arsenal taking the game in hands now but also not really much goal chances. Arsenal win a corner and Mustafi heads it towards goal and De Gea spills it and the ball goes over the line before a defender can clear. The goal line technology works! GOAL! 0-1 after 26 minutes.
United win a free kick and the initial kick is saved by Leno but Herreira starting from an offside position is first on the ball and plays it back to Martial who can tap it in. A goal that should have been disallowed but no VAR in the PL yet. 1-1 after 30 minutes.
Ramsey with a shot but the ball deflects for a corner. Then Holding is fouled by Rashford at the half way line but no foul given. Holding has to be stretchered off and Lichtsteiner comes in the field. Mustafi with a tackle from behind on Rashford and he gets a yellow card. The following free kick is cleared by Guendouzi but Rojo comes in flying like the madman he is with a two footed lunge. He escapes with a yellow card. Suddenly there is bad blood in the field after the injury from Holding. Lingard with not his first foul also goes in the book. Bellerin also for a little foul. Ref trying to keep it short. Arsenal trying to counter but Aubameyang is pulled back and Matic also gets a yellow card. Ramsey then clips his ankle and looks in trouble but he can continue but I don’t know if he will come back after half time.
Mkhitaryan starts the second half in the place of Ramset as expected. Again a not fluent start from Arsenal in the second half but Mustafi can clear the cross from Rashford after some 8 minutes. After 64 minutes Iwobi goes off and Lacazette comes on. Arsenal wins the ball from Rojo and Mkhitaryan gives it to Lacazette and a good one two and then Lacazette pushes the ball over the line while being fouled by two defenders. GOAL !! 1-2 after 68 minutes.
Bugger. United kick off and Kolasinac wins the ball from Lukaku and thinks Leno will come out to pick it up but a little hesitation and Lingard is first on the ball. 2-2 after 69 minutes.
Arsenal come close. A low cross to Aubameyang but De Gea with a save from a few meters out and the Mkhitaryan shoots just over from close range after a cross from the left. Aubameyang with a curling shot but De Gea palmed it away. 2-2 after 75 minutes.
Pogba with a cross but Arsenal can clear their line after a little bit of hesitation. Torreira gets booked for a wild challenge. Fellaini doesb’t get a red card when he pulls Guendouzi back by his long hair…… Not even a yellow card???? In the last minute Mkhitaryan scores from an impossible angle but he was standing in an offside position when the first shot came in. This time the assistant has seen the offside.
Arsenal tries to get a winner but there is no more score in this match. Too many errors (in fact all goals came from errors be it from players or from the referees) and so we have to take the draw. But 20 matches unbeaten is still a good run. And given the injuries we sustained and the changes that has brought I can live with the draw.