Arsenal score twice in added time to stun Man Utd

Arsenal score twice in added time to stun Man Utd

Declan Rice played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s dramatic 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

The English midfielder, who arrived at Arsenal in a high-profile £105 million transfer this summer, has quickly endeared himself to the club’s fans.

Mikel Arteta was compelled to make changes to his starting lineup due to Thomas Partey’s groin injury earlier in the week. After a somewhat slow and cautious opening half-hour, United managed to take the lead courtesy of a goal from Marcus Rashford. However, Arsenal’s captain, Martin Odegaard, wasted no time in equalizing just moments later.

Arsenal believed they had earned a penalty when Kai Havertz was brought down by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but a VAR review ultimately overturned the decision. United appeared to have secured a late victory through Alejandro Garnacho, only for VAR to once again intervene, ruling the youngster offside.

As tensions mounted inside the Emirates Stadium, an additional eight minutes were added to the match. It was in injury time that Declan Rice, who had arrived at Arsenal with considerable expectations and pressure on his shoulders, proved to be the difference-maker. He confidently struck the ball into the net from a Bukayo Saka corner, prompting jubilant celebrations among the home supporters.

Rice was embraced by his teammates and fans as he celebrated his match-winning goal, all while encouraging the home side to stay focused with five minutes still to play. Substitute Gabriel Jesus put the finishing touch on the victory with a composed finish on the counter-attack.