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Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1

November 23, 2016

The following article was written by my 15-year-old Son. It is his wish to go into Journalism as a career and he has taken over this blog  as a learning curve. Should you have any comments please do feel free to leave constructive criticism and maybe even a bit of advice that may assist him going forward.

Mata (68′) Giroud (89′)

The first fifteen minutes of the match neither team were able to control the game for any length of time. Both sides seemed more interested in not wanting to concede early on rather than try to take the initiative. The game was littered with poor passing and fouls. Following this period only tame efforts from Pogba and Mata for United and an Alexis header that went well wide was all either team could muster.

Then ten minutes before half time, Mata became the first player to test either of the goalkeepers, when his low driven shot across the goal was well saved by Cech. Elneny then had a shot but way to high to worry De Gea. Then it was Martial’s turn to have a shot which was well tipped over the bar by Cech. the half time whistle went with the level.

In the first fifteen minutes of the second half there were not many chances and again the match was being littered with cheap fouls and both teams poor in possession. This was, until, Arsenal began to give the ball away cheaply coming out of defence and this gave Manchester United the impetus to put pressure on Arsenal. United won a series of corners and this pressure finally lead to the breakthrough as, on the sixty-eighth minute,  Herrera cut the ball back to Mata who finished calmly into the bottom left corner. Both Coquelin and more so Walcott not tracking their men. Arsenals much improved character this season was again to be put to the test

Manchester United could then have put day light between the two teams when Rojo just headed wide from a Blind cross at the back post. However, Arsenal as they have done a few times this season responded with a last-minute goal. Arsenal substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain beat Rashford down the right hand side, put a superb cross in that was just begging to be headed into the net and Giroud obliged with a proper centre forwards header sending the Arsenal fans crazy. Both late substitutes combining well.

A draw was just about a fair result as Manchester United did not play that well themselves and Arsenal’s defence did not deserve to be on the losing side. However, with Manchester City and Chelsea winning both teams may feel disappointed to not have won.

Thanks for reading


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  1. November 29, 2016 22:52

    Hi Luke. This website contains an impressive body of your work. Well done. Your reports are good factual accounts of the games. If you want to add a bit of spice, you might think about telling us how you felt about the game (happy, sad, relieved, angry, disappointed?). A little bit of you is interesting for the reader. If you want to stay impartial, you might think about how the players felt. What about Giroud when he scored that goal? He has lost his place in the team this season. He refused to celebrate the goal. Was that a silent protest? After all, he saved the day. Is he angry with Wenger. Is he using that anger positively? That was quite a leap he made to get to that ball. Where did he get that strength from? What about Mourinho, the man Arsenal and Arsene love to hate. They didn’t get to beat him, but did they ‘steal one’ from him? Just some ideas, hope they are helpful. Good luck with the writing.

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