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Manchester united 3 Arsenal 2 : Arsenal Got Rashed out

The 18-year-old continued his remarkable
start to his career with two goals to fire
Louis van Gaal's side to victory at Old
Trafford Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford scored
two goals on his Premier League debut to help
fire Manchester United to a 3-2 win over
Arsenal.

The 18-year-old was thrust into the starting
XI for Thursday's Europa League last-32
second-leg clash with Midtjylland when
Anthony Martial pulled up injured in the
warm-up.

Two goals in that 5-1 win helped United into
the next round and Rashford showed no
signs of slowing down against the title-
chasing Gunners.

He scored twice in the space of three first-
half minutes – netting his first Premier
League brace at exactly the same age as club
captain Wayne Rooney when he registered his
(18 years, 120 days).

Former United man Danny Welbeck pulled
one back for Arsenal before the interval but
Ander Herrera made it three in the 65th
minute with Rashford providing the assist.
Ozil once again reduced the deficit four
minutes later, but Arsenal left empty-
handed and now sit five points behind
leaders Leicester City, while United climb
back to fifth.

Welbeck, who was deemed surplus to
requirements by Louis van Gaal at United,
came into the Arsenal starting line-up, while
the Dutch manager – who is desperately short
of attacking options due to an injury crisis -
was once again forced to deploy Rashford.
The first chance of the match came courtesy
of an unlikely source, though, as Nacho
Monreal fired straight at the returning
David de Gea after being played in by Ozil.
Rashford threatened the Arsenal defence
with an early surge into the box. He won a
free-kick on the edge of the area after
being brought down by Gabriel Paulista, but
Memphis Depay could only fire the set-piece
straight at goalkeeper Petr Cech.

United had conceded three goals by the 19th
minute in the reverse fixture but Arsenal,
who positioned Welbeck out wide with Theo
Walcott down the middle, did little to
suggest they could carve open the home
defence with the same lethal touch this time
around.

And Rashford's dream week continued when
Arsenal failed to clear a Guillermo Varela
cross from the right, with the young striker
placing a shot beyond Cech from the centre
of the box.

The home fans had barely caught their
breath when, three minutes later, Rashford
headed in a second from a Jesse Lingard
delivery – a goal with roots firmly in the
United academy.

Rashford is a graduate of Fletcher Moss
Rangers, for whom Arsenal's Welbeck also
once played, and the community football
club celebrated a treble when the latter
headed beyond De Gea from an Ozil free-
kick to make it 2-1 at the break.

United continued to impress after half-time
and, following blocked shots from Morgan
Schneiderlin and Depay, Rashford teed up
Herrera to score from 20 yards, although the
effort owed more than a little to a huge
deflection off Laurent Koscielny.
Ozil's volley brought Arsenal back to 3-2
when the ball bounced kindly for him some
12 yards out in the 69th minute, before
tempers briefly flared between Aaron
Ramsey and Herrera.

Van Gaal showed his displeasure at a
decision by referee Craig Pawson by
dramatically throwing himself to the ground
on the touchline late on, but it is Arsenal
who must now pick themselves up after a
string of disappointing results in the FA Cup,
Champions League and now the Premier
League.