Declan Rice Leads Gunners To Victory: Arsenal vs Man United Match Result, highlights

Declan Rice is on the lips of radar of nearly every sport fans and media currently, because of the tremendous contribution towards the victory of his club Arsenal against Manchester United on Sunday, 3 September 2023.

Amongst the razor-thin margins in one of the Premier League’s most storied rivalries, heroes are born.

Declan Rice is the latest to anoint himself saviour as Arsenal secured a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the death, electrifying the Emirates Stadium crowd with his stoppage-time winner, before Gabriel Jesus shut the door minutes later.

The two sides sat level through the entire second half, as Marcus Rashford and Martin Odegaard cancelled each other out before the break. VAR denied both teams the chance to go in front, with a penalty to Arsenal chalked off upon review on the hour mark before Alejandro Garnacho’s 88th-minute goal was nullified for offside.

Up stepped Rice, who gave Arsenal all three points by beating Andre Onana to his near post with a half-volley off a corner. It was a deserved victory for the hosts who controlled the match most of the way but had to that point failed to capitalise on much of their attacking possession.

Score Goal scorers
Arsenal 3 Odegaard (29′),
Rice (90+6′),
Jesus (90+10′)
Man United 1 Rashford (27′)


Starting lineups:

Arsenal (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Ramsdale (GK) — 4. White, 6. Gabriel, 2. Saliba, 35. Zinchenko (Tomiyasu, 76′) — 8. Odegaard (Jorginho, 90+8′), 41. Rice, 29. Havertz (Vieira, 76′) — 7. Saka, 14. Nketiah (Jesus, 76′), 11. Martinelli (90′).

Man United (4-2-3-1 right to left): 24. Onana (GK) — 29. Wan-Bissaka, 2. Lindelof (Evans, 85′), 6. Martinez (Maguire, 67′), 20. Dalot — 18. Casemiro, 14. Eriksen — 21. Antony (Garnacho, 85′), 8. Fernandes, 10. Rashford — 9. Martial (Hojlund, 67′).


Arsenal vs Man United post match analysis, commentary

Declan Rice is a big-game player

Just months after captaining West Ham in a European final, he scores his first goal for Arsenal to beat Manchester United at the death. Yet it was only his final big contribution across a 100-minute masterclass from Rice.

The 24-year-old was sensational in the middle of the pitch, helping to filter build-up play forward and cover for the hole left by the aimless Kai Havertz. He won all three of his aerial duels and lost possession just 10 times in 85 touches, dominating the Manchester United midfield in a truly wonderful performance.

Man United are not yet ready to challenge for a Premier League title

Surely Erik ten Hag will tell the media United were close to snatching this one, and they were, but when the Red Devils boss takes a true stock of this game, he’ll see that they were well off it, and lucky to be in it so late. Marcus Rashford’s opener came well against the run of play, and in truth, they didn’t have another big moment in front of goal until Garnacho’s late potential winner that was ruled out for offside.

Meanwhile, Arsenal controlled the midfield and dominated the attacking chances, with Havertz and Bukayo Saka both missing big chances to put this one out of reach much earlier. The United midfield was largely erased by Rice, and their attacking unit was invisible for the most part.

The officials played a big part in this match, but ultimately, Arsenal deserved the three points, and if United play like that against any other top club in the Premier League, they’ll lose to most of them. There’s a reason Man United have gone winless in their past 13 road matches against the “Big Six” plus Newcastle United.

Arteta nearly out-coached by Ten Hag

While Mikel Arteta got out of dodge with all three points, he very nearly was left to rue his management of this match. Arteta continued with Havertz in midfield for this game, and the former Chelsea man had a horrid first half, producing a bad whiff in front of goal and the giveaway that led to United’s opener.

Arteta then waited far too long to make substitutions, despite the fact Havertz was offering very little in the attack. Only with 14 minutes left — as the United substitutes were beginning to take hold of the match — did Fabio Vieira come onto the pitch in a substitution that should have been made at halftime. In truth, he should have been the starting lineup.

All this comes on top of Arteta’s insistence on playing Thomas Partey at right-back, when he has a perfectly good option in Ben White available. The Gunners boss was only forced into his best defensive unit by an injury to Partey in training. The team selection has to be better from Arteta moving forward.

Arsenal vs Man United live updates, highlights, and commentary

FULLTIME: Arsenal 3-1 Man United

What drama! VAR denied both sides chances to take the lead, and ultimately the Gunners collect all three points at the death. It’s a deserved victory, as Arsenal controlled proceedings throughout much of the game, but fell short in front of goal until the very end.

Declan Rice’s first goal for his new club is a massive one, just months after winning his previous club a European title, and Gabriel Jesus put it away late. Manchester United will be bitterly disappointed with that, as they were dominated for much of the game but could have shared the points had they been able to protect Marcus Rashford’s early lead or even added to it.

Arsenal vs Man United: Second Half

90+10 min: GOAL! ARSENAL! With Manchester United bombed forward in search of a last-gasp equaliser, Gabriel Jesus gets behind the Red Devils defence and scores on the break! He does well to evade one tackle in the 18-yard box and then slots it home.

It’s assisted by Fabio Vieira who feeds Jesus well on the counter, with the United line up high. This one’s done and dusted!

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90+8 min: Yellow cards are flying around from Anthony Taylor following the goal. Martin Odegaard is booked for not leaving the pitch quickly enough upon being substituted off for Jorginho.

90+6 min: GOAL! ARSENAL! NOW THE GUNNERS MAY HAVE WON IT! It’s Declan Rice on a corner to win it for Arsenal at the death! On the half-volley, he beats Andre Onana to his near post, the Man United goalkeeper won’t want to watch that back!

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90+1 min: Eight minutes of stoppage time is shown by the fourth official. Gabriel Jesus is booked for his protests in the aftermath of the last chance. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta brings Reiss Nelson on for Gabriel Martinelli.


Gabriel Jesus is dispossessed and screams for a foul but is not given the whistle. Casemiro threads Garnacho through on the counter, and he’s all alone on goal, finishing calmly past a charging Aaron Ramsdale.


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84th min: Alejandro Garnacho and Johnny Evans enter the pitch for Manchester United, replacing Antony and Victor Lindelof. Their centre-back pairing is Evans and Maguire, against Arsenal, in 2023. Incredible.

81st min: Chance, Arsenal! A stunning bit of one-touch buildup sees Bukayo Saka with a free chance on the doorstep, but he fires straight at the goalkeeper! Utterly scintillating play from the Gunners, pinging the ball around and turning Manchester United’s defence into a merry-go-round, but Saka’s eventual finish is a massive letdown, he HAS to score!

78th min: Bukayo Saka is dispossessed in the penalty area by Diogo Dalot, as Anthony Taylor waves play on amidst half-hearted penalty appeals. Manchester United break with numbers, but Marcus Rashford is closed down quickly and his space cut off, ultimately left to take a shot that’s blocked easily and skids into the grasp of Aaron Ramsdale.

76th min: Manchester United have a corner which is cleared out to Antony, who’s re-entry is tame. Arsenal’s grip on this match slipping, he’ll make a trio of changes, bringing on Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Jesus, and mercifully, Fabio Vieira. Nketiah, Zinchenko, and Havertz withdrawn.

72nd min: The best buildup of the game for Manchester United this second half sees a scramble in the penalty area only just cleared by Ben White. The Red Devils are starting to snatch hold of this game.

68th min: Chance, Arsenal! Gabriel Martinelli sends a curler just wide! It comes off a corner, and Martinelli is completely unmarked out atop the penalty area, but he has to bend his shot around the clutter of bodies in between him and the goal, and he just doesn’t get enough bend on the effort.

In the aftermath, Andre Onana is booked for time wasting, much to the delight of the Arsenal fans around The Emirates.

65th min: Lisandro Martinez earns a booking for clattering Bukayo Saka with a late, silly tackle. And now he’s done himself some damage as well, as he has gone down and needs to be replaced. Harry Maguire is going to come on as an injury replacement, and Rasmus Hojlund will make his debut as well.

59th min: PENALTY, ARSENAL! Aaron Wan-Bissaka brings down Kai Havertz! The Arsenal forward is sandwiched by two defenders as he gets on the end of a vertical ball, and Wan-Bissaka steps into his path. Havertz goes down late, but there’s definitely contact.

Hang on though! VAR is intervening, and Anthony Taylor is sent to the monitor for a review! He has changed his mind! NO PENALTY!

Not sure about that one. It’s a soft foul, but Wan-Bissaka has a clumsy step, and it’s not really a “clear and obvious” error by the official. Havertz goes down cheaply, but it is awkward from the defender and the on-field decision should have stuck.

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57th min: The Manchester United defence has Arsenal hemmed in at the moment. The Gunners are passing the ball around the attacking third but unable to penetrate the penalty area.

A foul out near the corner flag by Bruno Fernandes on Gabriel Martinelli gifts Arsenal a free-kick opportunity, but the Brazilian’s effort is cleared.

54th min: Chance, Man United! Aaron Ramsdale has his first mark on the match! He saves first from Anthony Martial on a tight angle before stopping a second from Marcus Rashford on the rebound. Well done by the Arsenal goalkeeper!

On second look, it actually appears that Rashford’s follow-up is blocked by a defender. The Arsenal back line comes to the rescue!

50th min: In the opening five minutes of this half, both Antony and Anthony Martial have been dispossessed far to easy. The Manchester United forwards are completely unable to help the visitors build forward in possession. Arsenal in complete control at the moment.

Kickoff: No changes for either side, which is surprising because both managers have options at their disposal to change the match in their favour. It’s shocking that Fabio Vieira remains on the bench with Kai Havertz still on the pitch.

Rasmus Hojlund is also awaiting his introduction for Manchester United, as Anthony Martial did precious little through the opening 45 minutes.

HALFTIME: Arsenal 1-1 Man United

A truly thrilling first half ends level, after Arsenal dominated the entire way but can’t secure a halftime advantage. Marcus Rashford’s goal against the run of play has Manchester United well in this one, despite the fact they were second-best on the performance.

Arsenal will be rueing Kai Havertz’s performance, as the former Chelsea man, deployed in midfield, has flubbed a wonderful goal scoring chance and produced the giveaway that led to Rashford’s opener.

Mikel Arteta has been forced to play his defensive line in a more traditional manner thanks to an injury to Thomas Partey, but he continues to insist on playing Havertz out of position when Fabio Vieira is in good form. You wonder if that change is made at halftime or soon after.

Arsenal vs Man United: First Half

45+2 min: An Arsenal corner ends with Eddie Nketiah ripping a shot that looked to be on frame, but Victor Lindelof gets his body in the way and the block is made. The ensuing corner is cleared without incident, but on the recycle yet another corner is earned, their eighth of the half. The delivery goes out of play.

40th min: Now Bukayo Saka is booked for a nasty one, going down two-footed into the shin of Bruno Fernandes after losing possession in his own half. It’s a weird one as Saka actually wins the foul after being challenged from behind, but his action in the split second after being fouled earn him a booking.

It’s an ugly tackle, and there is a quick VAR review for violent conduct, but in the end the officials stick with yellow. So, Saka wins a free-kicked but is booked in the process. Fun!

38th min: Victory Lindelof brings down Eddie Nketiah who attempts to latch onto a Bukayo Saka clearance on the left touchline. Lindelof is booked for his efforts, and while it was close to a red for two separate issues — the height of the challenge and the last-man aura, neither is severe enough to see Lindelof off. Anthony Taylor gets this one spot on.

34th min: Kai Havertz commits a foul in midfield, and is lucky to get away without a booking. Then Bruno Fernandes gets a talking to from referee Anthony Taylor who did not appreciate the Manchester United playmaker’s constant chatter.

29th min: GOAL! ARESNAL! Martin Odegaard has produced an immediate response! This game has exploded to life, with just 1:15 between the two goals!

Eddie Nketiah begins the buildup on the left edge of the penalty area, and his cutback comes to Odegaard at the top of the 18-year-box who’s completely, utterly unmarked. A calamity at the back from Man United!

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27th min: GOAL! MAN UNITED! Marcus Rashford scores against the run of play to put the visitors ahead! It’s given away by Kai Havertz under heavy Man United pressure, and they go the length of the pitch on the counter, with Rashford finishing by cutting in on his right and firing his effort off the inside of the post.

It’s highway robbery by Manchester United!

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25th min: Antony is whistled for a foul, and then the Manchester United winger blasts the ball away in frustration. That’s an automatic booking under the new rules…but Anthony Taylor refuses to give one, which sets the Arsenal players into a frenzy. The referee’s missed that one, full stop.

22nd min: Play is stopped as Mikel Arteta is incensed with Anthony Taylor’s refusal to blow his whistle after challenges on both Bukayo Saka and Ben White leave the two Arsenal players on the turf. Not too much in them, but the emotions in this fixture have everyone on edge.

18th min: Arsenal continue to put the Manchester United defence under pressure, with Diogo Dalot forced to head a cross out of play over the end line. The ensuing corner is right to the head of Declan Rice but he loops it over the crossbar harmlessly.

13th min: Chance, Arsenal! KAI HAVERTZ HAS FLUBBED A HUGE CHANCE! The former Chelsea forward has the ball fortunately bounce right into his lap with a wide open goal to shoot at, but he completely mis-hits the ball! He barely even makes contact! How has a professional footballer managed to produce that effort??

11th min: Bukayo Saka gets on the ball down the right edge of the penalty area but is immediately closed down by two Manchester United defenders, and then Martin Odegaard is dispossessed at the top of the box. Manchester United are struggling to progress the ball into the attacking half as Casemiro has been guilty of a few long giveaways.

7th min: Manchester United are looking to press Arsenal high up the pitch, and it’s causing some problems in possession but has yet to generate a truly dangerous turnover.

3rd min: Arsenal have begun the game with the majority of the early possession, against a Manchester United side that look more like Newcastle in these truly awful away kits.

Kickoff: The match is under way from The Emirates! Arsenal hosting Manchester United in one of the best rivalries the Premier League has to offer. The exceptional Jon Champion opens his NBC broadcast by labeling this fixture “competitive, combustable, compelling.” A perfect encapsulation.

Arsenal vs Man United: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more

15 mins to kick: Man United manager Erik ten Hag has stated that both Rasmus Hojlund and Sergio Reguilon both start from the bench due to their lack of training with the club. That would seem to suggest they have a clear way into the XI if they can prove themselves between matches.

30 mins to kick: Manchester United are looking to kick a poor recent away trend at “Big Six” clubs, where if you add Newcastle to that mix, they’ve lost eight and drawn four of their last 12, notably without a single win. Most recently, that includes a 2-0 defeat at Spurs to begin this young season.

45 mins to kick: Manchester United can become the first team to 100 wins over Arsenal in all competitions with victory today, while newly minted PFA Young Player of the Year Bukayo Saka is hoping to find the back of the net in a fourth straight meeting between these two clubs.

1 hour to kickoff: Lineups are in! Rasmus Hojlund starts his life at Manchester United on the bench, but the understanding seems to be he will come on for his debut at some point. The same is true for Arsenal as Gabriel Jesus isn’t ready for his full return, with Eddie Nketiah remaining up front and the Brazilian on the bench.

Arsenal have another injury that does affect their squad, with Thomas Partey having picked up a groin problem in training, which sees Ben White slide over to full-back and Gabriel enter the defensive unit.

1 hour 15 mins to kick: Pundits arguing about which club is bigger, a tradition unlike any other. Always thought it was a bit pointless, but it gets people talking I guess!

1 hour 30 mins to kick: The Manchester United sale continues to simmer in the background, with still no movement on pulling the trigger, and it feels like even journalists are getting fed up with how long it’s taking the Glazer family to make a decision.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: Arsenal have their own returning star at the striker position. Gabriel Jesus will reportedly make his full return from injury in this match, having come on just a minute from full-time against Fulham last time out. He’ll reportedly start today, and that will be a welcome sight for Arsenal despite the fact Eddie Nketiah filled in admirably.

Jesus has never scored against Manchester United, but is unbeaten when he does find the net in Premier League play.

2 hours before kickoff: Welcome to coverage of Arsenal vs Manchester United from The Sporting News!

The big team news today surrounds whether new striker Rasmus Hojlund will start for Manchester United. The 20-year-old Dane has been sidelined thus far thanks to an injury picked up prior to his transfer, but he’s reportedly in the mix today. It’s not clear whether he will start, although Manchester United teased his involvement on social media, adding fuel to the fire that he could be deployed from the get-go.

Arsenal vs Man United starting lineups, team news

Eddie Nketiah was a doubt with a knee issue, but he gets the start as Gabriel Jesus only makes the bench again. Oleksandr Zinchenko is also fit to start and Takehiro Tomiyasu is back from suspension.

Thomas Partey misses out after a groin injury in training, which sees Gabriel enter the lineup while Ben White slides over to full-back.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Ramsdale (GK) — White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Rice, Havertz — Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.

Ten Hag will need to reshuffle his defence with Raphael Varane set for a spell on the sidelines through injury and neither Luke Shaw nor Tyrell Malacia available. Victor Lindelof will likely start at centre-back.

Man United starting lineup (4-2-3-1 right to left): Onana (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot — Casemiro, Eriksen — Antony, Fernandes, Rashford — Martial.

Arsenal vs Man United live stream, TV channel

This Premier League clash takes place at the Emirates Stadium in London, UK and kicks off on Sunday, September 3 at 4:30 p.m. local time.

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