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Giroud’s late header gives Arsenal draw with Manchester United


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Egypt international played over 70 minutes in ’s 1-1 draw with  before he was replaced by Olivier Giroud who scored a late equaliser.

Giroud’s goal cancelled Juan Mata’s opener and helped Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 11 games in the league since their opening day defeat to Liverpool.

Arsenal’s XI: Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny, Ozil; Alexis, Walcott, Ramsey

Manchester United’s XI: De Gea; Darmian, Rojo, Jones, Valencia; Herrera, Pogba, Carrick; Rashford, Martial, Mata

Arsenal sat back in their own half and failed to have a single shot on goal in the first half, with Manchester United pressuring the Gunners and controlling the game.

The second half started with the same tempo, as Manchester United’s efforts paid off when Juan Mata put his side in front following an assist from Ander Herrera in the 68th minute.

Following the goal, Arsene Wenger made three substitutions to boost his side’s attacking options by bringing on Giroud, Xhaka and Oxlade-Chamberlain to replace Elneny, Coquelin and Jenkinson. Elneny, who was substituted in the 73rd minute, managed to put big effort in defense during the game, yet he failed to offer the same output offensively.

As Manchester United seemed to have secured the three points, Wenger’s substitutes proved successful and earned him a point as Giroud scored from a powerful header following an assist from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last minute of the game.

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