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43′ Early kick-offs after an international break tend to be fairly cagey and this has followed that trend so far, but there are a few signs that we may just see some more quality in the final third in the second period. The likes of Mata and Pogba for United are starting to become a lot more prominent in an attacking sense.
41′ The last minute or so has been like the Martial versus Cech show! Moments after the Arsenal stopper thwarted the hosts with a smart save, he does so again as Martial picks up possession 30 yards out before cracking a low strike at goal which is blocked between the sticks. Good period of pressure for Mourinho’s men.
40′ ANOTHER STOP FROM CECH! Martial collects the ball in his favoured position, taking on the right-back from that position in the left-channel. The Frenchman gains a yard on Jenkinson before just attempting to guide a precision strike into the top right corner, but the towering Arsenal keeper stretches out a big hand to turn over the crossbar.
38′ The game has took a little while to get going with both goalkeepers not really being tested to a high degree between the sticks up until that stop from Cech. We don’t really want to hear the half-time whistle here as there is some cracking end-to-end stuff going on now!
34′ PENALTY SHOUT FOR UNITED! Valencia gets into an advanced position and eventually receives the ball to feet before cleverly jinking past Monreal, but not before the Spaniard clumsily brings him to the floor! There didn’t appear to be TOO much contact though and the referee shares this view as he waves play on. Mourinho is RAGING in the dugout!
32′ Darmian is walking a disciplinary tightrope at the moment as whilst on a yellow card, he continues to go into tackles fairly rashly. He is extremely lucky not to see another booking as he takes out Walcott with a high challenge on the right touchline, with the referee opting for a final warning rather than a sending off.
30′ A very, very dodgy moment for United as Carrick sends a short back-pass back to De Gea which Sanchez very nearly manages to intercept. Luckily for the home side, the former Atletico Madrid stopper is proactive in his run out from between the sticks and gets there before the striker to clear up the park.
28′ Pogba comes a little deeper this time and actually pops up on the left channel to pick up possession to feet. He goes for a signature dinked ball in behind the opposition defence, with Mata the target on this occasion, but Koscielny intervenes before having to concede the corner-kick under the pressure of the Spaniard.
26′ A decent minute or so of pressure from the Gunners as Sanchez continually comes very deep to receive the ball in midfield areas. The extra body means that Arsenal can keep the ball more effectively, but the result of this is that there isn’t really anyone inside the box to ruffle the feathers of Jones and Rojo.
24′ First Manchester United booking of the match now and it is brandished to Darmian for a slightly cynical clip on Walcott down the right flank. Unclear if there was substantial contact for the Englishman to go down, but a foul and a yellow is the result either way.
22′ Sanchez and Ozil link up effectively on the edge of the opposition box and the latter eventually drifts down the right to find some space near the byline. The cross is sent in to the back post and Valencia clears with a header, but all the pressure is took off United as Coquelin floats a speculative volley high and wide over the bar. Disappointing end to a promising move.
20′ Pogba is getting plenty of joy for United on the right channel and seems to have attached himself to Monreal, who he has the physical advantage over. On this occasion, he drifts past the Spanish left-back before smashing another wicked cross into the danger area, but there are no takers inside the box for the hosts.
18′ Coquelin is poor in possession and gives it away poorly in a dangerous position to the feet of Rashford. The young Englishman eventually makes his way down the right wing and flashes a fantastic cross into the centre of the box, but just as Pogba prepares to fire on goal he is flagged as offside.
16’Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez
16′ First yellow card of the match now and it is a deserved one for Sanchez, who needlessly comes right through the back of Herrera right in front of the referee. The Chilean will need to watch his step for quite a long period this afternoon now.
14′ Ozil needs to get on the ball a bit more for the Gunners here as he is struggling to find space in those dangerous areas between the opposition defence and midfield. That kind of space has been marshalled fairly well by Herrera and Carrick so far.
12′ We get our first glimpse of Pogba as an attacking threat as the Frenchman receives the ball to feet down the right wing before opening up his considerable stride with a bursting run into the channel. He subsequently lashes a teasing cross along the six-yard box, but Arsenal manage to scramble it clear.
10′ The Gunners are just enjoying a small period of sustained possession at the moment and it is helping them find their feet. United, with the pace of Martial and Rashford in attack, are clearly set up for the counterattack this afternoon.
8′ The former Barcelona forward picks up the ball around 30 yards out this time and manages to check inside past the challenge of Herrera. However, as Ramsey makes the run in behind the defence, Jones sticks out a leg to make the important interception on the pass.
6′ Arsenal haven’t really managed to get going as an attacking entity as of yet in the final third. Should be interesting to see whether Sanchez has indeed shook off the small injury he picked up during the week. Rojo and Jones certainly can be got at, and the Chilean will be looking to take advantage.
4′ The Spanish midfielder is tasked with the free-kick and he attempts to catch out Cech with a curled attempt round the wall, but it goes a yard wide of the left-hand post.
3′ A cracking start to proceedings here as United look to take the game to Arsenal from the get-go with the lunchtime home crowd right behind them. As the hosts press forward for the opener, Elneny is penalised for a cheap foul on Herrera around 25 yards out, and Mata and Pogba both fancy a crack at goal