Arsenal hero Ian Wright details disgust at 'terrible' moment that gifted Man Utd win

Ian Wright has scrutinised Martin Odegaard for his “terrible challenge” that cost Arsenal a valuable point at Old Trafford on Thursday night. Mikel Arteta’s side showed spirit and performed well but headed back south to north London empty-handed as Michael Carrick signed off as Manchester United caretaker boss with a win.

Arsenal led through a crazy goal from Emile Smith Rowe, who fired home from outside the area on his left foot as David de Gea laid helplessly on the turf after Fred stood on his foot.

But United fought back and equalised just before half-time when Bruno Fernandes turned home inside the area following a cut-back.

Cristiano Ronaldo then put United ahead but Arsenal did not lie down and responded almost instantly through summer signing Odegaard, who notched his second Premier League goal of the season.

However, it was the Norwegian who undone all his good work when he chopped down Fred inside the penalty area.

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The result leaves Arsenal fifth in the table just one point adrift of fourth-place West Ham.

North London rivals Tottenham are not breathing down their neck and can sneak into the top-four if they win their game in hand.

Meanwhile, United have moved up to seventh after securing their sixth Premier League win of the season with the race for Champions League qualification now hotting up.

Thierry Henry, who overtook Wright as Arsenal’s leading scorer, was also critical of Arteta’s decision to sub captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


The Gabon frontman has struggled for form in recent weeks and as Arsenal went in search of an equaliser, Aubameyang was subbed for Alexandre Lacazette.

Henry though, thinks that’s unusual given he is the skipper and main attacking threat.

“Aubameyang is your captain. He is your goalscorer,” he told Amazon Prime Video.

“You put him as your captain. 15 minutes to go, you’re losing 3-2 and you take him off. 3-2 away from home, you need a goal and you take your captain, your symbol, off the field.

“You know he can score you goals so something is not right there.”


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