Giroud snatches point for Arsenal in 1-1 draw at Man United
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho rose from his chair and was about to leave the post-match news conference when he turned to his audience, threw his arms up and said: “Finally, I’ve lost to Arsenal.”
It was a tongue-in-cheek remark from Mourinho but it summed up his feelings perfectly. United conceded an 89thminute goal by Olivier Giroud to draw 1-1 with Arsenal in the English Premier League yesterday, leaving Mourinho’s side with an increasingly familiar deflated feeling at Old Trafford this season.
United has dominated its last three home games in the league - against Stoke, Burnley and now Arsenal - and come away with draws from all of them.
“We all know internally,” Mourinho said, “that in this moment we are the unlucky team in the Premier League.”
Giroud’s superb header, from fellow substitute Alex OxladeChamberlain’s right cross, was Arsenal’s only attempt on target in a match that United controlled at Old Trafford. United did the same against Burnley last time it played at Old Trafford, having 37 attempts on goal but drawing 0-0.
Mourinho is cutting a frustrated figure at United, which remains a work in progress in his first season in charge. But he now hasn’t lost in 12 Premier League meetings with Arsenal across two spells with Chelsea and one game with United, and stretched his unbeaten run in competitive meetings with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger — his bitter coaching rival — to 14 matches.
It was a flat and all-toofamiliar performance at Old Trafford by Arsenal, who hasn’t beaten United away in the league since September 2006 and fell behind to Juan Mata’s 68thminute goal. The Spain playmaker met a right-wing cut-back by Ander Herrera with a low, first-time shot into the corner for his fourth goal of the season.
Mourinho was heading for his most important victory since arriving at United, only for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to sprint past Marcus Rashford, reach the byline and cross for his fellow substitute Giroud to head home at the far post.
“We had not our usual style going forward. We were not sharp or fluent enough,” said Wenger, who suggested that Arsenal might have a “mental block” when it plays at Old Trafford.
Liverpool stays top after drawing 0-0 at Southampton
Liverpool stayed top of the Premier League despite a frustrating 0-0 draw at Southampton, where Juergen Klopp’s team couldn’t get past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Liverpool is tied on 27 points with Manchester City but both teams can be overtaken by Chelsea, which visits Middlesbrough today.
“I’m not happy, not over the moon, but I’m not frustrated,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s three-game winning streak in the league ended.
The visitors dominated large periods at St Mary’s, where former Saints trio Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane all started for Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino was guilty of missing the best chance to win the game for Liverpool, while Charlie Austin headed wide for midtable Southampton, which offered very little going forward.
After the interval, Emre Can making his 100th appearance for the Reds - lofted a ball over to Firmino, who had his shirt pulled by Virgil van Dijk and went down, but referee Mark Clattenburg turned appeals away.
Forster kept out Firmino’s curling effort as Liverpool, unbeaten in the league since August, failed to find a winning goal.
Liverpool and Man City have the same goal difference but the Reds have scored more goals.
Late Kane double propels Spurs in 3-2 win over West Ham
Harry Kane scored in the 89th minute and again in injury time to propel Tottenham to a 3-2 win over West Ham, maintaining the team’s unbeaten start to the English Premier League in dramatic style yesterday.
Kane’s winning goal came from the penalty spot in the first minute of stoppage time as West Ham unraveled late on White Hart Lane, with Winston Reid getting sent off for the visitors after collecting his second yellow card for pushing Kane in the final seconds.
Tottenham is the only unbeaten team in all four leagues in England.
Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead with a 24th-minute goal that was cancelled out six minutes after halftime by Harry Winks on his first Premier League start.
West Ham went back in front thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s penalty, after Reid was fouled by Vincent Janssen.
Spurs are three points behind first-place Liverpool.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, who scored both their goals, celebrates with his head coach Pep Guardiola Photo: AP