Arsenal picked up an excellent 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday to leapfrog Solskjaer’s side and move into 4th in the Premier League table.
Both sides started livelily but it was Arsenal who took an early lead after Granit Xhaka’s long-range effort wrong-footed David De Gea in the United goal to put the Gunners’ 1-0 up.
United looked lacklustre but still created chances, the best efforts falling to Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian failed to convert on what was a disappointing day for Solskjaer’s men.
Arsenal sealed the game in the second half when Fred brought down Alexander Lacazette in the United box and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coolly finished the resulting penalty.
As the race for the top four takes another twist here are 12 quickfire conclusions as Arsenal put United to the sword.
1) The game started evenly enough with both sides looking lively, but in truth, Xhaka’s goal came out of nowhere. The Swiss is well known for his ability from outside the box and as poor as De Gea was, he should not have been allowed a strike at goal by the United defence.
2) David De Gea has saved Manchester United on many more occasions than he’s let them down, but there’s no doubt he was left wanting for Arsenal’s goal. His little step to the left killed him as the ball swerved into the net. Last season at the Emirates he was the hero, this season, not so much.
3) In the first half especially United looked lethargic as they were second to almost every ball. It looked as though all they had spent all their energy midweek in France.
4) Credit to Arsenal though, they looked very good despite their disappointment midweek. They frequently won the midfield battle, while Lacazette and Aubameyang proved a constant handful for the United defence.
5) The pair proved their worth in what was a quiet start to the second half from Arsenal as Lacazette forced a foul from Fred inside the area and Aubameyang coolly slotted the penalty home.
6) Lindelof especially couldn’t handle Arsenal’s front two, and uncharacteristically struggled despite having a very good season at the heart of the United defence.
7) United did, however, still create chances and Romelu Lukaku looked especially lively, but simply could not finish when the opportunities presented themselves.
8) The Belgian did play very well but the inability to take his chances is undoubtedly worrying, especially against United’s rivals. Lukaku has only scored once in 17 appearances against the top six clubs and has just a 4% shot conversion rate in those games.
9) Credit does have to be given to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Where his opposite number struggled, the German excellently dealt with all that was thrown at him, saving well from Lukaku on a number of occasions.
10) It was great to see both Eddie Nketiah and Mason Greenwood introduced by Arsenal and United respectively in such a big game. Two young players with extremely bright futures in the game.
11) Arsenal deserve a lot of praise for this performance. Under Unai Emery, their season has been a little stop-start but they still find themselves fourth and within touching distance of Spurs in 3rd.
12) Solskjaer, on the other hand, will be incredibly disappointed. His side were below par and failed to take their chances, in a game they would’ve been very confident heading in to. A Parisien hangover? It’s entirely possible.