Arsenal claimed bragging rights over rivals Manchester United with a 3-1 win at the Emirates as Declan Rice scored his first goal for the club.
Over the last couple of seasons, Arsenal fans have become accustomed to late goals, but on Sunday afternoon, it was on a whole new level.
After the opening half an hour produced little, two goals in just over a minute and a half from Marcus Rashford and Martin Odegaard brought some sizzle to the game.
The second half produced two big moments, with Kai Havertz winning a penalty only for VAR to overturn the decision. Then, Alejandro Garnacho thought he’d won it for the visitors, only for Gabriel’s ridiculous football IQ to play him into an offside position.
As the second half wound down, it was Declan Rice who struck in “Fergie time” to send Arsenal fans into raptures as they grabbed the lead. With still minutes remaining, there were nervous times, but Gabriel Jesus slammed the door shut by scoring the Gunners’ third.
Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd: 3 talking points as Gunners win it late
The game provided plenty of talking points, here they are.
1. Gabriel needs to start every game when fit
The Brazilian has been on the outer for Mikel Arteta thus far in the league season, but on Sunday, he showed why he needs to partner William Saliba in every game he can.
Gabriel was solid in his return to the first team as he brought his trademark aggression and physicality to the Arsenal back four.
His battle with Rasmus Hojlund late on was a highlight.
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