Late winner by Nketiah against United solidify Arsenal’s position
Eddie Nketiah scored twice for the Gunners who are vying for their first Premier League title since 2004.

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a match in hand to five points after they defeated Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday thanks to late goal by Eddie Nketiah.

And in another match, Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick to give the second placed Manchester City a 3-0 over Wolfs.   

While aiming at their first Premier League title in almost two decades, it seemed that Arsenal will share the points with United but Nketiah tapped in from close range to send the home fans into raptures.

In an action-packed match, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford put his side ahead with a powerful shot from 25 yards out that left goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale stunned in 17th minute. But their lead only lasted for six minutes before Nketiah headed Arsenal back level from Granit Xhaka’s cross for first goal of the night.

The second half saw more goals as winger Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka drove in from the left wing hitting a sensational finish low into the far corner past outstretched David de Gea in the 53rd minute.

This time it was the visitors who responded six minutes later, with defender Lisandro Martinez taking advantage of a fumble from Ramsdale and diving for a header to make it two apiece.

Arsenal began to turn the screws and with 20 minutes remaining Saka almost restored Arsenal’s lead with a carbon copy of his goal but this time the ball clipped the outside of the post and when De Gea saved from Nketiah it looked as though the hosts would have to settle for a point.

In the dying moments of the scheduled 90 minutes, Nketiah found himself on the end of a pass from Martin Odegaard and calmly finished into the bottom right corner to give the home side the win and prove why Arsenal are at the top this season.

After the match, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he felt his team’s performance was “incredible” and “doesn’t get much better than that”.

“Emotional, a lot of passion, a lot of quality. It doesn’t get much better than that. After the derby, to come here against this team and play the way we played. The second half especially, the performance was incredible. To win it in that way makes it even better,” Arteta said.

“We were composed and determined at the same time. We never panicked. We always believed that we could win it. We showed the right composure in the box a lot of times but the ball didn’t go in. Thankfully at the end it did.”

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag of Manchester United said that the goals conceded were “mistakes” that his side “can’t let happen.”

“It was a great game with a lot of tempo and the audience is the big winner. Two top teams but of course we are disappointed when you lose this game at a late stage. All the goals we conceded today are mistakes — it can’t happen,” Ten Hag.

“Even last week, we were so hard to beat in such situations. Today we were not. All three goals, we could have avoided.

“I want to win. It is not good enough. We want to be the number one but not if we make mistakes. That is clear and what I told them.”

Earlier, Norwegian Haaland again displayed his talent to show that he may be on his way to become a modern-day great as he scored thrice against Wolves in the 40th, 50th and 54th minutes to ensure that Manchester City would keep a healthy six-point cushion against third place New Castle who have 39 points. Ons Saturday, New Castle had a goalless draw against Crystal Palace in an away game, which means they so far have nine draws in 20 matches – the highest in the competition this season – with jus

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