2020-21 English Premier League

Man United's title hopes further dented with Arsenal draw

Old rivals Arsenal and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday at the Emirates, further denting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's hopes of leading United to the Premier League title.

The result means that both United and Arsenal stay in second and eighth place respectively.

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I felt we had the bigger chances to win the game. Decent performances, good defensively, two massive chances in the second half," Solskjaer said after the game.

"We had a good performance. You come away with a share of possession, the bigger chances. There was a spell when we dropped off and were a little bit passive, but otherwise I'm pleased with the boys."

Arsenal made just one change to the side that beat Southampton during the week with Gabriel Martinelli coming in for Bukayo Saka, who Mikel Arteta said was left out as a precaution due to a sore hip. This meant the side was also without the in-form Kieran Tierney and top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

United made five changes after their midweek loss to Sheffield United.

The first half was scrappy with United enjoying the best opportunities. They had 67% of the possession and Arsenal struggled to threaten David de Gea's goal outside the first 15 minutes.

Marcus Rashford had the chance of the half when he received the ball in the six-yard box with just Bernd Leno to beat. However, he took one too many touches after Leno quickly closed him down and the opportunity came to nothing.

United continued to enjoy the bulk of the possession in the second half with Edinson Cavani given several opportunities to open the scoring.

Arsenal nearly upset the run of play just after the hour mark when Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar with a free kick and then Emile Smith-Rowe forced De Gea into a good save with a shot that was heading for the bottom right corner.

New Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard made his debut on 82 minutes, coming on for Smith-Rowe.

"I'm frustrated because we love to win. We tried our best, that's it. We have to try to improve every day, you have to be humble and to admit what you need to improve," Arsenal defender David Luiz said after the game.

"The boss is doing a great job, the young boys are fantastic and I think we are starting to create a real team with a real atmosphere.

"But if you don't work hard every single day things can change. The boys are happy because we have turned around a very difficult moment in our season."

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 19 +29 50
2 Manchester City 20 +33 45
3 Newcastle United 20 +22 39
4 Manchester United 20 +7 39
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 +9 36
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 +10 31
7 Fulham 21 +2 31
8 Brentford 20 +4 30
9 Liverpool 19 +9 29
10 Chelsea 20 +1 29
11 Aston Villa 20 -4 28
12 Crystal Palace 20 -9 24
13 Nottingham Forest 20 -19 21
14 Leicester City 20 -7 18
15 Leeds United 19 -7 18
16 West Ham United 20 -8 18
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 -18 17
18 AFC Bournemouth 20 -23 17
19 Everton 20 -13 15
20 Southampton 20 -18 15