Mour­inho: We are the un­luck­i­est team in the PL

Su­per-sub Giroud heads home late equaliser for the Gun­ners

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Olivier Giroud spoiled Jose Mour­inho’s night when the French­man scored an 89th-minute equaliser as Arse­nal snatched a 1-1 draw at Manch­ester United, de­spite be­ing out­played in a dis­ap­point­ing Premier League match between the two heavy­weights.

Giroud can­celled out Juan Mata’s 68th-minute goal when he headed home at the far post with Arse­nal’s first ef­fort on tar­get.

“Of course it is two points dropped,” said United boss Mour­inho. “We were the best team by far. They had no chances to win.

“This team at the mo­ment is the un­luck­i­est team in the Premier League. That is the re­al­ity.”

Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger’s win­less run in com­pet­i­tive meet­ings with ri­val coach Mour­inho ex­tended to 14 matches, but the French­man will prob­a­bly not be too con­cerned with that af­ter see­ing his side es­cape with a point.

“We lacked a bit of sharp­ness,” said Wenger. “What is it down to I don’t know but at least we came back. The play­ers who came on made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.”

United scorer Mata rued Arse­nal’s late lev­eller. He said: “Very frus­trat­ing, to be hon­est. We were re­ally close to win­ning the game.

“[But] this is the Premier League they only needed one chance.”

That one chance fell to Giroud, who is mak­ing a big claim for a start­ing place now that he is fully fit fol­low­ing a de­layed start to the sea­son af­ter the sum­mer Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Mean­while, Giroud’s strike part­ner Theo Wal­cott al­luded to the thoughts of his man­ager and said: “I think we maybe de­served more based on our first-half per­for­mance but they came at us in the se­cond half and maybe a draw was a fair re­sult.

“In years gone by this was a very tough place for us to play and we man­aged to get a re­sult.”

ON TAR­GET: Oliver Giroud scored for Arse­nal af­ter com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute

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