EPL: Arsenal Hand Solskjaer First Premier League Defeat
Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were both on target as Arsenal defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The victory, which moved the Gunners above United into the top four, was the first ever Premier League defeat for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since taking over as United manager on 16 December, 2018.
Xhaka opened the scoring for the host with a powerful strike early in the first half, before Aubameyang doubled the Gunners’ lead from the penalty spot after Fred’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners have won seven out of 10 top-flight games in 2019 and are one point behind north London rivals Tottenham, as the race for a Champions League spot gets tighter.
“I made a mistake against Tottenham and I missed it, but today I was focused and scored a penalty,” Aubameyang, who missed a stoppage time penalty against Spurs last week, told Sky Sports.
“You have to practice this all the time and I did. I knew it would be tough, but I was really confident.
“The spirit of the team was good. We have everything in our hands and we know it will be tough to finish in the top four, but we are confident – it was important to win this game today and we have chances.”