Keepers rarely tested as Arsenal and Man Utd cancel each other out

Date published: Saturday 30th January 2021 7:25 - Samuel Bannister

Arsenal and Manchester United had to settle for a point apiece after playing out a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The two clubs have been involved in many memorable battles over the years, but this will not go down in history as one of them.

It took the game a while to get going. Fred forced a save from Bernd Leno with United’s first decent chance in the 21st minute.

For the hosts, Nicolas Pepe had an opportunity around the half-hour mark after a number of stepovers, but his shot went wide.

United began to up the pressure and Bruno Fernandes almost caught them out. After cutting onto his right foot, he tried curling the ball into the far corner, but it sailed wide.

The visitors had to make a change before half-time, as Scott McTominay was struggling with his stomach. Anthony Martial had to come on to replace him.

Arsenal made a change of their own at the break, with Willian sent on in place of Gabriel Martinelli.

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Big chances for Cavani, Lacazette

It was United who had the first big chance of the second half. Luke Shaw slid the ball across for Edinson Cavani, who stretched out a leg but sent it a fraction wide of the post.

At the other end, Arsenal went their closest yet when Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar with a free kick.

Another free kick could have been inviting for Arsenal as David Luiz lined up to take it, but he could only fire it into the wall.

As the game approaches its final 10 minutes, United forward Marcus Rashford sent a shot into the side-netting.

Then, Pepe tried to curl one in with his left foot from a tight angle, but it trickled wide.

Mikel Arteta then sent on new signing Martin Odegaard for a debut, with eight minutes to give a glimpse of his talents.

There was time for one more chance for United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent a cross in, but Cavani tried to volley it from behind his body and was unsuccessful.

Ultimately, both sides finished the game with just three shots on target each.

The draw keeps United in second place, three points behind Manchester City and two above third-placed Leicester, who have a game in hand.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are in eighth, six points off the top four having played one or two games more than most of the sides around them.

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