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Fred eager to impress 'Professor' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd breakthrough

Fred eager to impress 'Professor' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd breakthrough

The defeat was United's first loss in the Premier League under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as a 69th-minute penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added to Xhaka's first-half finish to put the seal on a 2-0 victory.

Three minutes later Arsenal took the lead when Granit Xhaka let fly from long range, the swerve on the ball deceiving David De Gea and finding the back of the net, 1-0.

With a slightly more favourable run-in than their top four rivals, Arsenal will fancy their chances of finishing in the top four having cut the gap to third place Spurs to just one point with eight league games left to play.

It was United's first league defeat since December 16 and ended Solskjaer's remarkable unbeaten start in the league as United's manager. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. "The boys are buzzing for him and we are delighted to have come away with the win".

On whether De Gea should have done better with Xhaka's effort, Solskjaer said: "The ball moves so unusual and when you see it on telly, it's on of them where it looks like it goes to David's left and then just changes direction". They beat us two months ago so it's going to be a good opportunity for us to know where we are if we honestly have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

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"David (de Gea) is disappointed every time he concedes a goal". We play against them and we need to forget what happened in the FA Cup and we need to refocus in the next game and try to get the three points because if we do it we will be on a higher step to get to our target.

"I made a mistake against Tottenham and I missed it, but today I was focused and scored a penalty", Aubameyang said. "In the last six matches, we won four matches and drew the other two".

Aubameyang's second-half penalty came just one week after Aubameyang saw his last-gasp penalty against Tottenham saved, costing Arsenal a valuable victory, and Ramsey praised the character of his team-mate for not shirking responsibility. The Welshman truly had Paul Pogba in his pocket, nullifying United's creative outlet.

"Clean sheets are very important", he said when asked about Arsenal's defensive display. Emery has had three-quarters of a season to work with his players on the training pitch at Arsenal's London Colney base and the defensive drills have clearly had a positive effect; his side looked well-organised and determined against United and were prepared to throw their bodies in the way when it mattered.


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