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Arsenal grind out ‘ugly win’ over Man United to keep title hopes alive

Arsenal crafted a gritty 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Despite a lackluster performance, Mikel Arteta’s side secured three crucial points.

Leandro Trossard’s 20th-minute goal, aided by a lapse from Casemiro, settled the match. Casemiro, a shadow of his former self from his Real Madrid days, failed to step up, leaving Kai Havertz onside to assist Trossard.

With Manchester City still in control of their title destiny, Arsenal will be hoping for a favour from Tottenham against the reigning champions on Tuesday. City’s poor record at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium offers Arsenal a glimmer of hope.

A post-match storm in Manchester, which left the pitch waterlogged, underscored the dramatic nature of the win. Despite the deluge, Arteta and his team celebrated the crucial victory.

This win sets the stage for an exciting final day of the season. Arsenal, though not at their best, exposed the gap between themselves and a struggling United team. They have won 15 of their past 17 games, shaking off last season’s “chokers” label.

Gabriel and William Saliba’s solid defensive partnership, bolstered by Declan Rice’s midfield presence, has been key to their title challenge. Regardless of whether they clinch the title, Arsenal have shown resilience and upward momentum.

Sunday’s home game against Everton will be pivotal. While the win at Old Trafford wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, it keeps Arsenal’s title hopes alive, promising a thrilling season finale.

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