A late headed goal from Olivier Giroud was enough to salvage Arsenal a point at Old Trafford, as the Gunners played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League this afternoon.
Man United took the lead deep into the second half through Juan Mata, but an 89th minute header at the back post from Giroud, introduced into the game with 20 minutes to play, leveled the score in a cagey affair.
It could have been the away end that celebrated the game’s first goal; Alexis Sánchez popped up with a free header as early as the 6th minute from a Theo Walcott flick-on, but the Chilean failed to steer his effort towards goal from close range.
Man United’s first genuine response came sometime later, as Paul Pogba spotted the run of Mata between the lines before the Spaniard’s low drive was pushed past the post by Petr Čech.
Arsenal’s number one was then on hand to deny Anthony Martial in the 41st minute, tipping over the ex-Monaco man’s curling effort from the edge of the box.
The Martial – Čech duel continued in the early exchanges of the second period, with the forward firing a tame effort into the Czech Republican’s hands.
United did, however, manage to break the deadlock in the 68th minute, as Herrera approached the byline and cut a pass back into Mata’s path, with the playmaker making no mistake when guiding a side-footed shot past Čech.
Marcos Rojo then went on to waste a good half-chance when heading wide at the back-post in the 80th minute, as Arsenal turned to the likes of Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka in hope of snatching a result.
The changes delivered, as Chamberlain managed to breeze past Marcus Rashford on the right flank and find the head of Giroud inside the box, with the Frenchman making no mistake and sinking in a late equaliser in the 89th minute.
The draw means Arsenal extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games, meanwhile moving up to 3rd place momentarily ahead of Manchester City’s away clash against Crystal Palace this afternoon.
Player Ratings: Petr Čech (7); Carl Jenkinson (4), Shkodran Mustafi (6), Laurent Koscielny (6), Nacho Monreal (6); Mohamed Elneny (5), Francis Coquelin (5), Aaron Ramsey (4); Theo Walcott (5), Mesut Özil (4), Alexis Sánchez (5)
Subs: Olivier Giroud (6), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Granit Xhaka (5)