Three things Mikel Arteta got right as Arsenal boosted top four hopes with Man Utd win – ST Sport Today

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Arsenal kept their top four hopes alive with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Manchester United on Saturday afternoon – and Mikel Arteta got his tactics right

Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates their second goal with teammates

Arsenal remain in the hunt for a top four spot after struggling to beat Manchester United 3-1.

Nuno Tavares opened the scoring only in the third minute, following some terrible defense from United. The left-back was left unmarked at the far post and got the easy task of scoring to leave United, which left captain Harry Maguire on the bench, stunned.

The situation went from bad to worse for the Red Devils when the Gunners were awarded a penalty following a foul on Bukayo Saka. The Three Lions youngster duly stepped up to double his side’s lead but it didn’t last long, as Cristiano Ronaldo halved the deficit with his 100th Premier League goal.

The Red Devils had chances to equalize in the second half, but Bruno Fernandes’ penalty missed. Arsenal then made them pay as long-range screamer Granit Xhaka sealed the three points. This is what Arteta does right…

Tavares risk paid off (but only)…

Arsenal’s Portugal defender Nuno Tavares celebrates

Tavares received plenty of punishment after his miserable display in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace earlier this month. The Portuguese youth player, 22, has been given the opportunity to impress in recent weeks after Kieran Tierney’s absence this season.

And, despite his inconsistent form, Arteta continued to stick with the second choice – and he was rewarded with a goal-scoring display at the Emirates. Arteta wants his team to play attacking football and Tavares showed his strength on Saturday.

Yes, you could say his job is to defend, but Arteta will be impressed by the youngster’s ability to bounce back from his recent woes. However, he showed his weakness by awarding a penalty in the second half and was lucky to see Fernandes miss a spot-kick.

Saka delivers again…

Saka is in stunning form for Arsenal this season

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Much was made of Saka’s heartbreaking penalty for England at Euro 2020 – but the Arsenal star has now recovered and he delivered the stuff for Arteta. After scoring from the penalty spot in the midweek win over Chelsea, the Three Lions youngster struck again from 12 yards.

Speaking before the game, Rio Ferdinand praised the Gunners star – and his prediction proved right. The former United and England defender told BT Sport: “I think the important moment for him this week was the penalty.

“Especially after the Euros and after, for him to take that ball and show that mental strength, desire and desire to do that, for someone so young, it’s fantastic to see and set an example for those young players. . Yes, there are downsides in football but never shy away, show that heart and that you can come back from anything.”

Odegaard’s role…

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) inspects Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard

It seems Arteta identified United’s midfield as a weakness for his team to take advantage of. That was evident in the first half, with Martin Odegaard given permission to roam throughout the opening 45 minutes.

The former Real Madrid man was given plenty of room to pull the strings in the middle of the pitch – and United couldn’t find a way to silence the Norwegian.

There were so many opportunities for Odegaard to feed his attackers; and he certainly did, including delivering a superb ball in preparation for Arsenal’s first-half penalty. Arteta deserves credit for his tactics right.

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