Giroud snatches point for Arse­nal in 1-1 draw at Man United

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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

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