Arsenal gave their top four hopes a glimmer of a chance as Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck struck to beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
- Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0
- Martial early chance
- De Gea great save
- Xhaka opens scoring on 54'
- Welbeck heads home on 57'
After a tightly contested first-half which saw good saves from David De Gea and Petr Cech, Xhaka eventually pulled Arsenal ahead with his long range effort deflecting off Ander Herrera to beat the United goalkeeper.
Welbeck then got on the end of a great cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to head home just minutes later for Arsenals second, which was enough to give the Gunners all three points.
Manchester United started the game well, and five minutes in Wayne Rooney managed to feed Anthony Martial, who muscled his way past Laurent Koscielny to fire a shot at Cech, who made an excellent low block.
Arsenal responded three minutes later as a brilliant ball from Alexis Sanchez saw Aaron Ramsey in on goal, only for a great save from De Gea to deny the midfielder.
After a very even period of the game, the Gunners had another chance when a corner saw Welbeck given a chance to try and shoot on the turn but Phil Jones scrambled well to block the effort.
Arsenal then enjoyed a good spell which saw Chris Smalling block a Welbeck effort as well as Oxlade-Chamberlain forcing a block out of De Gea.
Moments later at the other end a terrible back-pass from Rob Holding allowed Rooney a chance to beat Cech at close range but another good save kept the United captain out.
The second half started much the same as the first before Granit Xhaka broke the deadlock as his well hit long-range effort deflected perfectly off Ander Herrera to loop over De Gea and give Arsenal the lead.
The Gunners were soon further ahead when Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pin point cross found Welbeck, and the forward powered his header home.
Rooney had a chance to try and draw one back for the visitors with 15 minutes left to play with a shot from just outside the box but his effort flew narrowly off target.
The United captain had another chance from range seven minutes later; this time firing over and visibly frustrated as he failed to get his team on the score sheet.
Jose Mourinho had Thursday's Europa league semi-final in mind as he left some out of his stars, including Paul Pogba, and opting to hand Scott McTominay a debut. And the youngster, who performed admirably, saw a late effort on goal deflected past an untroubled Cech.
With the win, Arsenal moved to within six points of fourth place with a game in hand on Manchester City and within seven points of Liverpool who occupy third but have played two more games than the Gunners.