Arsenal satisfied with 1-1 draw against Manchester United
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott got his wish to play up front, but his second minute goal couldn’t take the Gunners to a memorable victory. A goal from the spot-kick by former Arsenal star Robin van Persie helped Manchester United salvage a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Arsenal dominated Manchester United for most parts of the game, but it would be unfair to suggest Manchester United deserved to lose the game. Arsenal could have won the game, but Manchester United fought well to change the tempo of the game.
Theo Walcott believes Arsenal needed to concentrate further in order to win the game. The 1-1 draw leaves Arsenal fourth on the Premier League table, which means fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur could take over their spot since they have a game in hand.
Arsene Wenger was forced to field a misfit and injury stricken squad once again this season. Traditionally, the Frenchman’s has been affected by untimely injuries once more. Prior to the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the absence Oliver Giroud, who had recently kicked back into form.
In spite of the French striker’s absence, Arsenal’s attack was working impressively. Theo Walcott’s early first blood allowed Arsenal to send waves of attack at Manchester United’s defense. However, patience paid-off since Robin van Persie scored a minute before half-time.
Meanwhile, Manchester United arrived fresh from celebrations of winning the Premier League title. Manchester United might be the most dominating force in English football, yet Arsene Wenger believes his side will able to challenge Manchester United real soon.
Arsenal only have three games left to prove they deserve Champions League action. The Gunners will be up for a trip Queens Park Ranger before playing hosts with Wigan Athletic. Their last trip of the season will to St. James’ Park where they will play against Newcastle United.
“There are still three very important games left. We have just got to concentrate on ourselves. We can't keep relying on teams to beat whoever. As long as we get the three points and don't drop any points that's all we can do,” Theo Walcott said.
The 24-year-old England winger admitted his side were happy to have extracted a point from the game.
“I think if you look back both (teams) will think it was fair,” Theo Walcott told Sky Sports 1. “Both teams didn't really want to lose the game. Overall it will be a good point come the end of the season. We have got to be proud of ourselves, it was a good point.”