Manchester United and Arsenal faced each other on Saturday with both knowing that a win would make a major statement to the rest of the Premier League.
Man Utd started the first half well, putting pressure on the Gunners and forcing Petr Cech in to several impressive saves.
Juan Mata’s left-footed drive was perhaps the best of the Red Devils’ chances, but the ‘keeper was a match for the well-struck shot, palming it wide.
Nacho Monreal struggled throughout the first 45 minutes, with Mata and Antonio Valencia looking the most likely sources for a United goal – and the Spaniard also nearly gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on the latter.
Arsenal grew in to the game and it was just before, and for a short period after, the break that the north Londoners looked their best. However, Alexis Sanchez always looked isolated up top, with even Theo Walcott appearing unable to get close to the Chilean.
After the first 50 minutes though, Jose Mourinho’s side took control, and their period of dominance culminated in Mata’s classy finish in the 68th minute after Ander Herrera had fired the ball across the box.
Arsene Wenger attempted to bring his side back in to the game by introducing Olivier Giroud with just over 25 minutes to go.
This paid off out of nowhere in the dying minutes, with the Frenchman rising to head home fellow sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross to draw his side equal and rescue and unlikely point for his team late on.