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VIDEO: Mohamed Elneny features as Arsenal lose at Old Trafford
Mohamed Elneny finally made his Premier League debut for Arsenal, but it was far from a joyous occasion as the North London side lost away from home to their fierce rivals.
The Gunners pushed hard in the opening 15 minutes, and the pressure culminated in a big one-on-one chance for Nacho Monreal, but the Spaniard failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
United then came into the game by executing a high-press on Arsenal’s back four, which saw youngster Marcus Rashford completed a quickfire double.
Minutes later, Arsenal were back into the game, after they halved the deficit from a Danny Welbeck header.
The hosts started the second half as the better side, riding all of Arsenal’s attempts to seal an equalizer, and Ander Herrera even managed to score their third goal in the 65th minute to restore their two-goal lead.
Mesut Ozil managed to score the visitors’ second goal in the 69th minute, which would spark a frantic final 20 minutes.
Mohammed Elneny came on immediately after the goal, replacing Francis Coquelin, to make his Premier League debut as Arsene Wenger looked to bolster a misfiring midfield.
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Elneny was booked immediately after coming on for a poor challenge and was lucky to remain on the field after another rash tackle on Lindegaard as Arsenal chased the game.
Nevertheless, United managed to hold on and secure a win that delivered a huge blow to Arsenal’s title hopes.
The Gunners are now five points behind leaders Leicester City, and three points behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their clash with the latter side in the North London derby on Saturday. Up first, however, is a home match against Swansea City on Wednesday.