Nicolas Pepe helped Arsenal start the new year on a brilliant note helping the Gunners get their first win of 2020 over Ole Gunnar Solskajer Man Utd squad with 2-0 win.
Mikel Arteta’s side put on a splendid performance at the Emirates outplaying Manchester United right from the start.
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Nicolas Pepe put the Gunners in the lead 8 minutes into play when he scored his fifth goal for Arsenal, giving the Gunners a 1-0 lead over Manchester United.
Less then a minute later Pepe was back in the Man Utd penalty box providing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangn with a superb cross however Aubameyangn was unable to properly connect with the ball and instead sent it flying over the goals.
Arsenal continued their relentless attack on the Manchester United goal throughout the first half of the game.
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Mikel Arteta seemed to finally be putting the pieces of a once glorious Arsenal back together again as the Gunners put up an impenetrable defense for the first time this season.
Pepe was definitely not done for the night as a later attempt in the 39th minutes saw his shot narrowly deflecting off the goal post.
A brilliant set-piece play from a corner taken by Pepe led to Sokratis Papastathopoulos scoring Arsenal’s second goal just before half time.
Manchester United found their footing in the second half with a near goal coming from Fred however Arsenal’s defense did not falter on their opening game of the New year.
It was quite clear that Man Utd seemed out of it throughout the night and the absence of Paul Pogba did not help the situation.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side were unable to scape any point in their first game of the new year and find themselves at 5th place on the Premier League table.
Arsenal now move up to 10th position and are 9 points away from a position in the top four.