Arsenal kept their top four hopes alive by beating rivals Man United 2-0 which finally ended the opponents 25-match unbeaten run in the league.
It was to be 13th time lucky as Wenger got the better of Mourinho for the first time in the league, but United did make a lot of changes to their side because of the Europa League.
The controversial (nice way of putting it) manager made 8 changes from their first leg in the Europa League and ahead of the second leg tonight. Notably Rooney was back in their side as Captain and in form youngster Rashford came off the bench in the second half.
Wenger made two changes to the side that embarrassingly lost to Spurs as Holding (why does he not start every game?) replacing Gabriel and Welbeck (same goes for him) instead of Giroud.
In what was another must win game for us, we managed to get the goals in the second half through a lucky long range Xhaka shot which took a big deflection off Herrera (so good that it happened to him) and a header from Welbeck against his former club again. Why did they sell him to us?
Welbeck celebrated his goal and showed United what they were missing by scoring an almost identical goal to Thierry Henry 10 years ago at the Emirates. He also showed why it was the right choice for Wenger to start him instead of Giroud at the moment.
The win puts the pressure on the teams above us – Liverpool and Man City but we realistically need to win every game until the end of the season and hope one of the teams slip up (Liverpool and Gerrard!)
After the game we were seven points behind Liverpool with two games in hand and United were left four points outside the top four with only three games left to play. They do however have the Europa league to try and get into the Champions League. This is why Mourinho is going all out to win it!
Man United actually started the better team and should have scored in the first half when Rooney latched into a poor back pass from Holding but Cech saved us once again. He is starting to play like he used to now after a poor season for his standards.
PFA team of the year goalkeeper De Gea also had to keep Man United in the game as he usually does with a great save to deny much criticised Ramsey who was eventually surprisingly given the man of the match award. I didn’t think he was motm but he played a lot better than he has in most games this season.
Arsenal then looked like the team most likely to break the deadlock but we didn’t create many chances until near the end of the half. Welbeck looked dangerous and had some shots blocked before the Ox had a shot deflected and saved by De Gea. It ended 0-0 at half time and we needed to go up a level in the second half.
It fortunately took just under 10 minutes for us to take the lead through (along with Monreal’s goal against Leicester) our luckiest goal of the season. Xhaka took a typical long range shot and he was rewarded as it hit Herrera’s back and looped over De Gea. You need luck in football this was a prime example as it changed the game.
It took us just three minutes to add to our lead through ‘dat guy Welbz’ as he headed in a perfect cross from in from Chamberlain which went in of the bar just like Henry’s did.
Man United then tried to get one back and came close through Rooney but we surprisingly looked comfortable at the back (is it the new formation?) and held on to our 2-0 lead.
It was a much needed win and it was nice to be able to see us beat a so called big team. I also particularly enjoyed watching it as Man United used to be our biggest rivals and I really don’t like Mourinho and loved that Wenger finally beat him! Mourinho also deserved to lose as he always deliberately steps outside of the manager’s box as he thinks he is the ‘special one’!
Next up for us in our top four race is Southampton away who we have struggled against in recent seasons.
Will we be able to beat our ‘bogey team’ and put more pressure on the teams above us in the top four battle?