Premier League: Arsenal end Solskjaer run with 2-0 win over Man United
Updated 10:35, 11-Mar-2019
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Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, lifting the Londoners above their opponents into fourth place in the Premier League and ending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten domestic run as United's caretaker manager.

A swerving strike from Granit Xhaka and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty earned the Gunners a victory that sent them into the Champions League places while pushing United back down to fifth.

The win lifted Arsenal to 60 points, just one point behind their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are third, and two points above United.

Earlier on Sunday, second-placed Liverpool beat Burnley 4-2 to move on to 73 points, one behind leaders and champions Manchester City, with the battle for the title now looking to be a two-team race.

It was United's first league defeat since Dec. 16, Jose Mourinho's last game in charge, and ended Solskjaer's remarkable three-month, 12-match unbeaten league start as his interim replacement.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) of Arsenal is held back by Chris Smalling of Man Utd during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) of Arsenal is held back by Chris Smalling of Man Utd during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

"It has been fantastic so far but today is the lowest we have been because we lost and we missed the chance to put pressure on Spurs," said Solskjaer, who was brought down to earth after United's astonishing midweek Champions League triumph at Paris St Germain.

"We have won games we have not deserved to win and today we lost a game we did not deserve to lose."

In a keenly-fought 200th league edition of one of English soccer's great fixtures, Arsenal went ahead in the 13th minute when Xhaka belted a shot from 30 meters out, with United keeper David de Gea seemingly wrong-footed by the curve of the ball.

"He must be Brazilian the way he struck the ball, the way it serves," Solskjaer said.

United hit the woodwork either side of the goal, with Romelu Lukaku heading against the crossbar first and Fred striking the post minutes later.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during the Premier League match against Man Utd at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo 

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during the Premier League match against Man Utd at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo 

Lukaku had a golden opportunity to score from close range early in the second half but his first touch was heavy and, as he lunged to shoot, goalkeeper Bernd Leno blocked the shot with his body to send the ball spinning up and over the bar.

Marcus Rashford was then at the center of the action as United tried to pull themselves level. The England striker smashed a freekick wide after Aubameyang bundled Paul Pogba to the ground 25 meters out.

Rashford was through on goal again moments later but could not get his shot away as Leno rushed forward and got down to collect the ball.

Arsenal won a very soft-looking penalty in the 67th minute when Fred was judged to have brought down Alexandre Lacazette, with the replay showing that the Brazilian barely brushed the Frenchman's side as they ran for the ball.

Aubameyang converted the penalty, making up for his missed spot-kick at Tottenham Hotspur a week earlier.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Unai Emery before their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Unai Emery before their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

"I made a mistake against Tottenham, looking down at the last moment, not watching (Spurs keeper Hugo) Lloris, but today I watched until the end, and being focused you score a penalty," the Gabonese striker told Sky Sports.

Even Arsenal manager Unai Emery said the decision looked generous to his side but he added that it made up for the one that went against them, and that Tottenham's Harry Kane scored from, when Arsenal visited Spurs.

In the second pitch invasion incident in one day in English soccer, a man ran on after Aubameyang's goal and shoved United defender Chris Smalling.

He then approached Arsenal players with his arms aloft before stewards took him off the pitch and he was arrested, according to Arsenal communications director Mark Gonnella.

Earlier in the day in the second-tier Championship, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was punched by a pitch invader during a derby match at Birmingham City.

Chelsea draw with Wolves

An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday after Raul Jimenez had put the visitors ahead with one of their only two shots on goal.

Hazard smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute after constant pressure from the home side, who are bidding for a top-four place.

Chelsea had been stunned in the 57th minute when Jimenez burst out of defense with Diogo Jota and the pair sliced through Chelsea's ranks before the Portuguese laid off the ball from wide for Jimenez to slot home.

Patricio made a sharp save shortly afterward from striker Gonzalo Higuain and another from Willian in the dying minutes. Chelsea had 22 shots to the visitors' two and also enjoyed 76 percent of possession.

The result leaves Chelsea in sixth, level with Arsenal.

Source(s): Reuters