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Arsenal 3 0 Man Utd Analysis Essay

Manchester United are already closing in on deals for two arrivals this summer, while Liverpool are plotting a surprise move for a rejuvenated Arsenal star, according to Sunday&#;s newspapers.

 

MAN UTD MAKE PLANS TO SIGN UP DUO

Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign winger Justin Kluivert from Ajax in the summer, according to reports.

The Sunday Mirror claims Mourinho sees the year-old son of former Dutch striker Patrick as a really good investment, given he knows the player personally since the Portuguese coach&#;s days as Barcelona coach.

The paper reckons a £10million deal in already well down the line, though the package would be come with many incentives and could end up costing the club £25million dependent on how the teenager does at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has a good relationship with the player&#;s father Patrick and it&#;s suggested he has convinced Kluivert snr that a move to Manchester United would be a logical next step for his son.

Ajax want to keep Kluivert, but would not stand in his way if Man Utd come calling so have reluctantly opened talks over a summer deal.

Meanwhile, United are plotting a summer swoop for Bayern Munich&#;s Arturo Vidal, according to the Mail on Sunday. The paper claims Mourinho is frustrated by his lack of options in the centre of the pitch and is confident of luring the Chilean to Old Trafford in a deal that would set the club back around £50million.

 

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AND THE REST

Liverpool want Jack Wilshere &#; if he rejects a new deal at Arsenal (The Sun)

Manchester United will move for Jordan Pickford if David De Gea leaves at the end of the season (The Sun)

Chelsea face a huge battle over Thibaut Courtois&#; future &#; and want Joe Hart as his replacement (The Sun)

Riyad Mahrez has been offered help from the PFA over his bitter row with Leicester (The Sun)

Arsenal want £15m for defender Rob Holding as he heads for the exit at the end of the season (The Sun)

An Arsenal fan protest against manager Arsene Wenger fell flat because of bad weather on Saturday (The Sun)

West Ham co-chairwoman Karren Brady says she hates the Championship and says it is like an &#;abyss&#; (The Sun)

Celtic and Rangers will battle it out in the summer for Sunderland youngster Ethan Robson (The Sun)

Tottenham&#;s England striker Harry Kane is ready for a move to Real Madrid but his club and international team-mate Dele Alli is not, according to ex-Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness (Sunday Times)

Antonio Conte still wants a full-on clash with Jose Mourinho later this month &#; and Chelsea bosses won&#;t try to stop him (Sunday Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp has claimed the Premier League is so strong even Bill Shankly would be happy with fourth (Sunday Mirror)

Klopp insists striker Sadio Mane is not jealous of fellow forward Mohamed Salah and that the Senegalese and the Egyptian &#;are best friends&#; (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stopped key coach Mikel Arteta joining up with Wales (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects Manchester City to be even stronger next season (The Observer)

Hugo Lloris has backed his Tottenham team-mates to harass Liverpool into submission (The Observer)

Edin Dzeko says he snubbed Chelsea in order to stay at Roma because of his &#;unreal&#; life in Italy, though the year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina forward says the Blues&#; interest was a &#;compliment&#; (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham can be a real threat to Manchester City, according to Glenn Hoddle (Mail on Sunday)

Antonio Conte has taken a fresh swipe at Chelsea&#;s transfer policy (Mail on Sunday)

Everton fans left at half-time as their side crashed at Arsenal, who were up at the interval (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell and Brighton forward Anthony Knockaert were involved in a heated tunnel bust-up on Saturday (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists he needs two or three more world-class players to compete with Manchester City (Sunday Telegraph)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to follow Roy Hodgson and manage into his 70s (Sunday Telegraph)

Ross Barkley is set to miss Chelsea&#;s trip to Watford after suffering an injury that could prompt further questions over the club&#;s record of hamstring problems under head coach Antonio Conte (Sunday Telegraph)

Arsenal and Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the battle for a summer deal for Riyad Mahrez (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City are working on a new contract for Gabriel Jesus (Daily Star Sunday)

 

The goals were not quite against the run of play, United had built some decent attacks before then, but Arsenal looked shell-shocked by the sudden two goal deficit.

Their title challenge appeared to be unravelling, but importantly they got a goal back before half-time when Danny Welbeck headed in Mesut Ozil&#x;s free-kick. Against a United side that suffered yet more injury problems when Marcos Rojo limped off and was replaced by the untired year-old Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, that should have given the Gunners the platform for a fightback, but they were poor after half time and Ander Herrera&#x;s deflected shot delivered a third goal for United, who had dominated possession and territory.

Arsenal came back into it again, Ozil converting Sanchez&#x;s cross to set up a rousing final 20 minutes, but this was another flawed performance from Arsene Wenger&#x;s side that has handed the initiative in the title race to Leicester and Tottenham.

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What does this mean for Arsenal&#x;s title chances?

It is not over, but this defeat has wasted the positive work done by Arsenal&#x;s dramatic late win over Leicester the previous weekend, as a five point gap to the leaders has been re-opened.

The fixture list was undoubtedly tougher for the Gunners, an away trip to Old Trafford to face a resurgent Manchester United, compared to a home game for Leicester against struggling Norwich City and a home game for Tottenham against a poor Swansea team.

However, Arsenal&#x;s challenge is faltering badly. They are not playing well and have not been for weeks. Perhaps their impending exit from the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona will be a good thing as Leicester have not had the distraction of European football all season and it means the Gunners can focus solely on winning their first title since

The big worry for Arsenal supporters, though, is their side do not look like champions at the moment. Too many key players are under-performing and there is a lack of quality in their work. They look like a group of players wilting under pressure.

Is the hype around Marcus Rashford justified?

I will fall short of arguing Rashford should be in Roy Hodgson&#x;s England squad for the friendlies against Holland and Germany because, to be frank, it is ridiculous to promote an year-old to the national team on the basis of just two first team appearances for Manchester United.

Then again, Thoe Walcott went to the World Cup in before he had played a single game for Arsenal, so maybe Hodgson should have a look at him closely at St George&#x;s Park, even if it is just to invite him along to train for a couple of days.

One thing is certain, Rashford is living a football fairytale. It is like his daydreams have turned into our reality. Two games for the club he supported as a boy and he has scored four goals. It is remarkable, a Boy&#x;s Own tale.

In this age of over-excited social media discussions, it is probably pointless saying we should not get carried away, but it is far too early to suggest he is going to be a superstar like Wayne Rooney. However, like his United captain, Rashford is a teenager who caused a buzz of excitement in the Academy set up, grabbing the spotlight immediately on his promotion to the first team. There are parallels, even if they are completely different types of forwards.

Rashford seems to be blessed with the most valuable quality a striker can have - the knack of been in the right place at the right time to score goals. He is a clinical poacher. Twice the ball fell to him in the area in the first half and twice he had the composure and confidence to score.

When Rashford scored two goals on his debut against FC Midtjylland last week, the internet snipers said he would just become another Federico Macheda, the Italian who scored three goals early on in his United career and then disappeared.

But Rashford already looks far superior. It was not just the way he took his goals. He is stronger than he looks, quick and almost won a penalty before scoring when he twisted his way past Hector Bellerin and was brought down by a panicked Gabriel. He could be special, very special. Bookmakers are giving odds of he will go to the Euros in the summer.

By Luke Edwards

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Who was the man of the match?

Marcus Rashford

He does not do a large amount of work in open play but it is impossible to overlook the teenager. He is living a dream at the moment and he took both of his goals superbly. You had to remind yourself this was the first time he had played in the Premier League.

How did they react to United's win?

Arsene Wenger on Arsenal:

"We conceded and it was difficult. The only regret is we had so much of the ball but conceded three goals.

"We dropped three important points today. We need to bounce back on Wednesday night."

"It was a difficult game. The team put the effort in. We struggled to be dangerous because they defended well."

When asked how the defeat may effect Arsenal's title challenge the Frenchman remained adamant his side were still in contention.

We are still in the title race, we still have time to close the gap.

We do not know what this defeat means yet, we will not know that until the end of the season. I will leave any individual assessment to you [in the media].

Arsene Wenger on Manchester United:

"Let's not go overboard. They had a very experienced midfield and spent a lot of money."

Louis van Gaal:

"I'm very proud, satisfied and happy because we have done it against Shrewsbury, we have done it against Midtjylland and now we have done it against a very good team in the Premier League so I am very pleased.

"Arsenal created more chances against Barcelona. They were better than Barcelona first half. That says something about our performance."

Louis van Gaal on youth:

"It is the culture of Manchester United," he said after the game.

"That is why they took me as a manager, I think.

"You see, youngsters give always a spirit to the team. That is a very important aspect of my philosophy.

"That is why we have a small selection: because then you can give youngsters a chance. A big selection means they don't get a chance."

Graeme Souness:

"I thought they (Arsenal) would come here today and say "we're back in this Premier League race.

"But they've come here today and they've been so insipid, so weak, so pussy-footed, all they've down today is said to the opposition: this team can be rolled over.

"If I was an Arsenal supporter I'd be so angry right now. There's so much about Arsenal to like, and so much to dislike in equal measure."

Marcus Rashford:

"It was my first game in the league and it's just amazing. Scoring two is a bonus."

Manchester United were congratulated on their thrilling victory by two of their injured players.

Bastian Schweinsteiger hailed Premier League debutant, Marcus Rashford, whose brace of goals came with his first two shots.

Arsenal's defeat effectively put pay to their Premier League title aspirations, leaving them five points adrift of league leaders Leicester City.

What Man Utd and Arsenal must work on this week

Man Utd

The club were supposedly in crisis less than a fortnight ago, but they are now in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, the last 16 of the Europa League and are just three points off a Champions League place. Louis van Gaal just needs to keep doing what he is doing. This is the best it has looked for him for some time.

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Arsenal

They were caught napping at the back by Barcelona after failing to take their chances when the game was goalless and Arsenal were at it again here. The defence is looking shaky, while Alexis Sanchez is still searching for form. Arsene Wenger needs to lift the Chilean for the run in.

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