Even today, the gallery is applauded at 6 minutes, as it was three days ago. Liverpool have offered their condolences to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is mourning the death of his newborn son. Today Arsenal also showed respect to the opponent. The match against Liverpool did not stop with the applause he got in the Emirates in seven minutes of the match.
Before standing next to Ronaldo that day, Liverpool went ahead at home. The hosts doubled the lead 30 minutes before the match. Even today Arsenal did that. There was a fear that Manchester United would fly 4-0 like Anfield. But Ronaldo, who was in the role of spectator that day, was on the field today and also scored a goal. His 100th goal in the English Premier League.
So much so, of course, that the rate gap has narrowed. United lost 3-1. At this rate, United almost dropped out of the Champions League. Arsenal is now six points behind United, who are four after playing less than one match. United has four more matches.
But nothing like that could have happened. If the captain Bruno Hernandez had not missed the opportunity in the 56th minute. Regular captain Harry Maguire received the captain's armband because he did not hear the bomb threat. But the Portuguese captain failed to take charge of the team. It brings back memories of the Aston Villa match on September 25 at home. Despite having Cristiano Ronaldo by his side, Bruno went to take the added time penalty. Bruno drowned the team that day by hitting a lot on the post.
United were awarded a penalty while the team was still behind. It is not Ronaldo who has already scored a goal, but Bruno Ellen. His shot fooled Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale but went to the post!
So 2-1 was written on the scoreboard. 3 minutes later, Ronaldo sent the ball into the net, but the United forward was off side. After 3 minutes, Dalot's shot hit Ramsdale's hand and hit the post. The result was matched in 60 minutes. Granit Zacker's 3-1 goal outside the box has ended United's chances of winning the match. However, the Red Devils started the second half as the best team.
Earlier, the first half of the match was very enjoyable for the neutral spectators. In the 3rd minute, United's defensive error put Arsenal ahead. Bukayo Saka got the ball through the stupidity of Rafael Varane and Alex Teyes. His curved shot was saved by David de Hea, but Nuno Tavares' shot from the return ball was not returned.
After that, both the teams exchanged chances to score. But no one was doing the last thing. In the 15th minute, Anthony Elanga in the Arsenal box fell into the penalty box and a penalty was demanded. But neither the referee nor the VAR could satisfy the United winger. In the 23rd minute, Diego Dalot's shot hit the crossbar and United did not equalize. The final drama is in 26 minutes. At first it seemed that Eddie Enketiah scored the goal. Saka and Martin Odegard filled in the gaps for the United defense. The unprotected Enketiyah got the ball from Sakar and sent it to the net. But the Arsenal winger's position seemed off-side and VAR canceled it.
United supporters did not get a chance to express their satisfaction. Because another incident happened before it was off side. Teyes fouled Saka before giving the ball to Enketiah. Saka himself doubled the team's lead from the penalty spot. Ronaldo returned to the match 2 minutes after United lost 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Ronaldo scored from Nemanja Matisse's cross between the two Arsenal defenders.
But it was not clear at the time that his goal would be the consolation of his 100th goal record in the English Premier League.