Manchester United lost 3-2 to Arsenal today.
It seemed that the game was destined to end in a stalemate, until Eddie Nketiah’s goal in the last minutes brought the Gunners victory.
United scored goals thanks to Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez, who scored their first goal for the Red Devils.
Nketiah’s double and Bukayo Saki’s brilliant goal secured Arsenal all three points.
United had 42% possession against Arsenal’s 58%.
The leaders of the table landed a whopping 25 shots on goal, of which five hit the target. United had just six shots on goal, four of which were difficult for Aaron Ramsdale.
The Red Devils made 386 passes with a 77% transmission accuracy against Arsenal’s 517 passes with an 82% success rate.
Lisandro Martinez is a player who excelled in a tense game for United.
The defender registered a pass accuracy of 83%.
He made 75 touches of the ball and made four crucial interceptions against Arsenal, the Premier League’s most in-form team.
Martinez, demonstrating his incredible technical abilities and transmission range, successfully gave away seven long balls to his teammates.
The Argentine made three key takeaways of the ball, which helped to reduce the pressure when Arsenal pressed for a winner.
The 25-year-old athlete was also good in the air, where he won two duels.
He won the same number of duels in the stalls. Martinez had one chance, but it counted. He ended a great performance at the Emirates with a goal.
Lisandro Martinez’s game by numbers vs. Arsenal:
83% pass accuracy
7 long balls completed
2 aerial duels won
2 ground duels won
Scores for United for the first time. 🔪 pic.twitter.com/dLYRplMdno
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) January 22, 2023
If there were any doubts about his fitness after the World Cup, he certainly dispelled them.