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Arsenal vs Manchester United: Xhaka and Welbeck goals, match report, goals, action

A Granit Xhaka strike in the second half was followed by a Danny Welbeck goal, which was enough to give Wenger his first win in the Premier League over Jose Mourinho.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Danny Welbeck of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 7, 2017 in London, England.  (
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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: match report

It took Arsene Wenger 13 attempts but he finally got his first win over Jose Mourinho on Sunday evening at the Emirates thanks to goal from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck. Jose Mourinho played somewhat of a weakened team with the Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday but they never chased the game like you might have expected even when they went down by two goals.

The first half had plenty of action but no goals. Alexis Sanchez was playing in a more withdrawn role in the middle and his passing, particularly to Aaron Ramsey was causing problems for United. Welbeck had an effort that was blocked out for a corner and Ramsey cut one back to the former United striker but he was not allowed any space on that occasion either. 

Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates.
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Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates.IAN KINGTONAFP

There were no changes for either team at half-time and you got the sense that if it stayed the way it was going in the opening half, Arsenal might cruise home. Rooney had a chance after a poor backpass by Monreal but they were relying on pure hope rather than any continued spell of attacking dominance.

it was Arsenal who scored first when a shot by Xhaka that was going well wide, caught a ducking Ander Herrera on the back and looped over a helpless David de Gea. He celebrated with gusto but there was plenty of luck involved in the striker.

Just three minutes later, Arsenal had two and there was very little luck involved as Chamberlain, who was a constant threat down the right, crossed to Danny Welbeck. He headed home off the crossbar in the only place close to De Gea that he couldn't make the save. Within three minutes, the Emirates could breathe a huge sigh of relief. 

The game suffered after that with United showing no sign of figuring out a way into the game. Arsenal won't be too perturbed by that though as they close to within two points of their rivals with a game in hand.