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ARSENAL lost their Premier League clash with Man Utd 3-2 thanks to second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, Gunners star Gabriel had to fight off masked thieves who tried to steal his car, it has been revealed.

The defender, 23, initially handed over a watch and the keys to his £45,000 Mercedes before fighting off the robbers in the garage of his own home.

Raheem Sterling is said to find the idea of a move to Arsenal "extremely attractive".

However, the England star is not set to be out long-term.

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  • Etienne Fermie


    Thierry Henry has given his opinion on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hinting that Arsene Wenger could make a sensational return to the club in some capacity.

    Do you agree with Thierry, Arsenal fans?

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    It's such a shame that this, albeit controversial, effort was for nothing.

    Emile Smith Rowe made a little bit of history last night.

    Feeling nostalgic, Arsenal fans?

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    Former Prem ref Mark Halsey believes that the officials were right to allow Emile Smith Rowe's controversial opener at Old Trafford last night.

    He told SunSport: "It was bizarre as Smith Rowe fired home into an empty net with David de Gea injured on the ground.

    "The strike was eventually awarded by VAR because referee Martin Atkinson did not see Fred had stepped on the foot of the United keeper.

    "However, I don't believe the controversial first-half incident should have reached that point.

    "Atkinson clearly did not know why goalkeeper De Gea was lying on the ground.

    "The United keeper could have had a head injury or something even more serious for all he knew.

    "Therefore, the Yorkshire official should have used common sense and blown his whistle to stop play before Smith Rowe even took his shot at goal.

    "We saw on the replays Atkinson went to blow and then stopped.

    "Yes, De Gea should have been stronger but we must remember a goalkeeper is a specialist position because they are the only players on the field who can handle the ball.

    "Atkinson's positioning was poor, he got caught up in play and was in front of Smith Rowe when he took his shot. He should have moved six yards behind Smith Rowe to get in a better position."

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    Here's the moment that's got everyone talking, Arsenal fans.

    Should this strike have counted?

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    Mikel Arteta was always 'destined' to become a manager, according to former Gunners team-mate Kieran Gibbs.

    The left-back told Sky Sports: "Anyone who played with Mikel throughout his career will tell you he was destined to be a manager.

    "He's got something extra you can't explain, that extra love for the game. He lives and breathes it.

    "He was always looking to analyse the game, study it and it's no surprise he's gone into management.

    "When he arrived at Arsenal he was coming to the end of his career and you noticed he was quickly becoming the mediator between the players and the coaches more and more."

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    Former England goalkeeper Robert Green thinks that Arsenal's young side are learning 'harsh lessons'.

    He told the BBC: "They are a young side and are learning as they go along.

    "They've had some harsh lessons against the big sides who are brilliant exponents of other teams' weaknesses.

    "It was a good, brave performance on the ball but off the ball there were some poor decisions. That's what Arteta will be frustrated with."

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    Mikel Arteta 'doesn't know' how to stop his players dropping off after going ahead- after giving away a 1-0 lead against Man United last night.

    The Arsenal boss said: "Well I don’t know, it’s very difficult because when you are in [possession of] the ball, you have to make decisions – and I want to encourage them to do what they feel.

    "But you know against those teams you get punished immediately, with the quality and amount of players that they can play (against) you straight away."

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explained his decision to start Mohamed Elneny over Albert Sambi Lokonga last night.

    He said: "[To be able] to play a player like him, with that experience that he has playing in this arena.

    "He was incredibly good last year when he played here as well.

    "He way he has been training, and the way he behaves, and because I believe that sometimes we have to rotate things for the game."

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gave his thoughts on Gabriel Martinelli's performance against Manchester United last night, after the Brazilian was handed a rare start.

    He said: "Yes he looked a threat.

    "He had a big chance in the first half, and he probably should have played on.

    "He created assists, he worked extremely hard, and he had some really good moments – he looked a threat."

    Gabriel Martinelli celebrates Martin Odegaard's goalCredit: Getty
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    Arsenal reportedly want to sign Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin to replace Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract expires next summer.

    The England international has missed the majority of this season with a fractured toe.

    But it hasn't stopped him from attracting interest from a host of top clubs.

    According to the Mirror, Arsenal want to sign Calvert-Lewin to replace Lacazette, who looks to be on his way out of the club.

    The Frenchman, 30, is being tracked by clubs from across Europe, including Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, West Ham and Juventus.

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    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry likened David de Gea to an 11-year-old after the Spaniard stayed down while Emile Smith Rowe put the Gunners 1-0 up at Old Trafford last night.

    The Frenchman said: "The last time I saw that was when I was 11 and my goalkeeper went to have a sandwich and left his goal – and then we were 1-0 down."

    Fortunately for De Gea, United went on to win 3-2.

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    David de Gea has been slammed for going down too easily in Manchester United's Premier League win over Arsenal.

    The Spanish stopper went to ground in the 13th minute of Thursday night's 3-2 victory over the Gunners after team-mate Fred accidentally stood on the back of his foot.

    Emile Smith Rowe's long-range effort whizzed past the crocked De Gea to give Arsenal the lead, although the Spaniard was back to his feet a few moments later.

    And Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes the 31-year-old made a meal of the contact, saying: "I didn't see or hear the referee blow. I didn't see or hear a serious foul on the goalkeeper and it's only that his own player stands on him.

    "I don't think I'm being too harsh here, but I don't think the game has changed that much. That happens in every game, someone standing on your foot or ankle.

    "With him going down like that, not a care to where the ball is, yes they hurt. But I'm not sure he should be staying down like that. He's up on his feet a minute later anyway, so it couldn't have hurt that much.

    "There's an argument, if there would've been a serious injury and he couldn't carry on and had to be stretchered off, then there's an argument in terms of fairness of play if Arsenal should've let Man Utd score.

    "But he's up on his feet a moment later. He's walking around, he's not limping. I think you get them in every game."

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    Mikel Arteta believes that his 'sloppy' Arsenal side threw three points away against Manchester United last night.

    The Spaniard said: "No I think we were sloppy in possession.

    "We gave the ball away to the opponent, and we had no pressure there. That created strong momentum that allowed them to run, and they had the structure to play – and suddenly we started to give the ball away.

    "So many unforced errors that led to them having belief that they could do something in the game. I didn’t see a team with the handbrake, I saw a team that wanted to impose (themselves) here.

    "They were dominant, we played with the right structure and the right freedom at the same time.

    "But we didn’t defend our box well enough well, and manage some situations well enough to concede the way did."

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    Cristiano Ronaldo's double whammy ended Arsenal's fine run.

    But the Gunners remain fifth – a point and a place above Spurs – despite Manchester United's 3-2 comeback win at Old Trafford.

    Emile Smith Rowe bagged a deserved but controversial opener as VAR confirmed that United keeper David de Gea was NOT fouled as he lay injured.

    But Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo's 800th career goal put the Red Devils 2-1 up.

    Martin Odegaard instantly levelled, only for VAR to intervene and sink the Gunners.

    Midfielder Odegaard's foul on Fred enabled Ron to smash United's 70th minute penalty winner.

    Gunners' skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said: "We are a bit disappointed because the team played very well.

    "You need to be clinical defensively and offensively and you have to do the perfect game because of the quality of Manchester United.

    "Compared to the game against Liverpool at Anfield we did better. It was very unlucky because I think the team deserved better."

    Off the pitch, Gunners' target Isco is reportedly refusing to warm up for Real Madrid as the Spain midfielder heads for a Bernabeu exit.

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    A pitch invader was slammed to the ground by security during Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Co watched on in astonishment as the supporter charged the field late on in the Old Trafford clash.

    The person managed to make it all the way up to Ronaldo as United attempted to keep the Gunners at bay from a corner.

    However, the pitch invader couldn’t make it all the way to Ronnie and his team-mates.

    As the person approached the players, security finally caught up with them.

    And they were hurled to the ground with a move more akin to a rugby field.

    The crowd cheered as security then dragged the pitch invader off with just minutes left in the game.

    And there was very soon a louder roar as United secured a pivotal win over Mikel Arteta’s men.

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    Bukayo Saka (70mins for Smith Rowe) – Lively as ever. Failed to make much impact and squandered two decent opportunities when left open on the right of the box. 5.

    Eddie Nketiah (79mins for Odegaard) – Little time to make an impact. N/A.

    Alexandre Lacazette (79 mins for Aubameyang) – Barely had a kick in limited time. N/A.

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    Lively down the right flank but showed little end product in the first 45 minutes, missing a good chance after great work from Odegaard.

    A superb, first-time cut-back from the right set up Odegaard to slot the ball home from 16 yards to equalise.

    Switched to the left wing after Bukayo Saka's introduction – on for Smith Rowe – and his marauding run down the middle sent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through on goal.

    Certainly one of Arsenal's better options on the night.


    Struggled to impose himself on the game with his best moment NOT getting in the way of Odegaard's equaliser.

    Was set free down the right midway through the second half but opted to shoot from a tight angle rather than cross to a waiting Tavares – who nodded the parried shot over the bar.

    Shortly after, he shot tamely at De Gea when set clear yet again by Martinelli.

    Then conspired to miss an absolute sitter with 13 minutes to play and would have been relieved to see the offside flag raised.

    Promptly subbed after that.

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    Always willing to break up the play in the middle of the park, but offered little going forward.

    Not a bad night for the Egyptian but he won't keep Albert Sambi Lokonga out of the team too often based on his performance at Old Trafford.


    Scored a fantastic volley from outside the box with a sweet left-footed strike, as David De Gea lay stricken on the turf after Fred accidentally stood on his foot.

    Always willing to sprint back to help out in defence, particularly with Tavares eager to roam forward from left back.

    Subbed with 20 minutes to play as his impact faded slightly but put in a strong shift.


    Superb skill late in the first half to get himself free from three United defenders, before slipping Gabriel Martinelli in on goal, with the chance squandered.

    In the second half, the Norwegian superbly stroked home Arsenal's second goal – their equaliser – with his weaker right from Martinelli's pinpoint pull-back.

    But an awful, clumsy tackle from behind in the box gave away a penalty with the scores level at 2-2. Ronaldo converted the spot-kick.

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    GABRIEL – 6

    Had a decent headed effort smartly saved by David De Gea early in the second half as Arsenal looked to reclaim the lead.

    Rarely looked troubled or flustered in defence but will be disappointed to see his side ship three goals.


    At his best with the ball at his feet, showing off a good array with tricks and feints – but lacked a final ball on the night.

    Not as strong in defence as Kieran Tierney, you wonder how long it will be until Mikel Arteta recalls the Scot.


    Showed great touch and strength to win a free-kick late in the first half, but his tame effort struck an Arsenal player in the wall.

    Busy in the heart of midfield, but lacking a certain edge.

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    Here's SunSport man Dave Fraser's guide to the Gunners in their 3-2 defeat tonight.


    Forced into action a few times in the first half, but proved equal to United's early efforts.

    Made a good save from Cristiano Ronaldo early in the second half with the goal at the United man's mercy while keeping out a bobbling long-range effort from Marcus Rashford.

    Distribution from his feet in open play shaky at times.

    Could do little to keep out any of United's goals.


    Solid if unspectacular at right-back, Tomiyasu grew into the game in the second half.

    Not a bad night for him personally, but he perhaps could have offered more.

    BEN WHITE – 5

    Early header cleared off the line by Rashford before preventing a Cristiano Ronaldo overhead kick with a crucial headed touch shortly after.

    Also made a vital late tackle to prevent a shot from getting off from close range before the break.

    Perhaps could have done better for United's equaliser, looking a little flat-footed before lunging in too late to get a block on Bruno Fernandes' shot.

    Also lost Ronaldo for United's second, ultimately caught in no-man's land.

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    Michael Carrick quit United after 15 years with an emotional message.

    The outgoing stand-in boss said after the 3-2 win over Arsenal: “My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.

    “When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

    “However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club.

    “I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.”

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    BREAKING: Michael Carrick has sensationally quit Manchester United – just minutes after guiding them to victory over Arsenal, writes SUNNI UPAL.

    The former midfielder turned interim boss has left Old Trafford altogether rather than take a backseat to new manager Ralf Rangnick.

    Man Utd had just beaten Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford when the club announced the shock decision.

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    Michael Carrick’s unbeaten three-game United reign ended on a high as Cristiano Ronaldo’s double made him the first modern player past 800 goals as the Red Devils went seventh with a 3-2 comeback defeat of Arsenal.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals sealed United's thrilling comeback win.

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    Arsenal’s bid for a leveller is being thwarted by United’s thrilling counter-attacks.

    And the Red Devils’ two-goal hero Ronaldo got a standing ovation when he went off in the dying minutes.

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