Manchester United vs. Arsenal
Manchester United bounced back from our defeat against Chelsea in a thrilling 3-2 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
United took the lead just before halftime as Ella Toone put the ball into an empty net after connecting with Hayley Ladd’s cross.
Frida Maanum equalized for the hosts immediately into the second half (though with a heavy deflection from Maya Le Tissier), and Arsenal quickly took the lead shortly afterwards as Laura Wienroither connected with Katie McCabe’s cross.
United got our own equalizer, courtesy of Millie Turner, before taking the lead in stoppage time as Alessia Russo scored from Katie Zelem’s set piece to end Arsenal’s unbeaten run.
Man United put on a dominating performance in the first half, threatening with several chances early on. Leah Galton nearly scored within the first 10 minutes and yet again around the 15 minute mark. Le Tissier also came close to netting a header, as Arsenal struggled to get a foothold.
Most of the Gunners’ shots came from long balls and crosses to striker Stina Blackstenius, but the hosts failed to capitalize.
United finally broke the deadlock near the 45th minute. Ladd connected with a Russo’s ball before sending it flying past Arsenal’s keeper Manuela Zinsberger to Toone, who neatly put the ball into the net.
Whatever pep-talk Arsenal had at half time clearly worked because the hosts immediately equalized after the break.
Maanum got the ball with plenty of space and fired the ball on route to goal. The ball caught Le Tissier and took a major deflection, leaving keeper Mary Earps rooted. Arsenal grew into the match and had more possession, finally taking the lead in the 73rd minute. Wienroither showed incredible skill and control to connect with McCabe’s cross and put the ball past Earps.
The Gunners looked poised to win in front of a packed Emirates Stadium, but a free kick from Zelem quickly changed that: Turner found Zelem’s cross with a resounding header to level the score.
Marc Skinner’s team weren’t done just yet, though. Russo’s stoppage time goal — from another corner — ensured that United left with all three points.
United next play Aston Villa on Dec. 3rd at Old Trafford.