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Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal: Antony, Rashford score as Red Devils hand Gunners first loss Premier League 2022-23

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 Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal: Antony, Rashford score as Red Devils hand Gunners first loss Premier League 2022-23

Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal: Antony, Rashford score as Red Devils hand Gunners first loss Premier League 2022-23

Manchester United ended Arsenal’s five-game start to the Premier League season as Marcus Rashford and rookie Anthony inspired them to a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

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The result may have been flattering for Eric Ten Haag’s side, who spent most of the game in their own box to stop Arsenal’s tide, but the Dutchman will at least feel he has an assist to stop the Big Six rivals s failure. As they did with Liverpool, United sacrificed possession at half-time and succeeded.

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Arsenal’s best pass of the game ended with a solo goal, built by the impressive Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in midfield. They turned defence into attack with two passes before Jadon Sancho and Rashford scored for Anthony to mark his debut with a fine goal.

The visitors may have been in the lead until then, but Gabriel Martinelli was barred from a well-executed move after VAR intervention as Martin Odegaard realised he was in the build-up against Eriksen foul.

It went on long enough and many chances were missed, but Arsenal’s pressure finally showed when the ball reached Bukayo Saka at the hour mark and rolled into the empty net. Once again, the momentum was on the visitors’ side until Manchester United scored when Rashford fired at Fernandes through the ball and William Saliba let him off the wing.

With 20 minutes remaining, Mikel Arteta took off the left-back and pinned the midfield as three strikers came on. It immediately backfired when Eriksen shot through an unprotected centre-forward and Rashford scored to extend United’s winning streak to four games. Arsenal may be doomed but after six games they are still 15 points clear. It could be 18 another day.

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Anthony brings life to Old Trafford

He was trusted from the start, days after his $95 million move from Ajax, and it didn’t take long for Anthony to become famous. Even before his elegant goal, Old Trafford’s talent flashed. The 22-year-old Brazilian was pushed into safety near the right corner flag by Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel, and he appeared to squander a promising position for his team-mates. Instead, he did better.

The heel was broken and the two defenders were eliminated. Diogo Dalot has all the space he needs to find a cross, it’s a good cross point and if Christian Eriksen’s left foot is as good as his right, United will get it quicker lead. Anthony had an eye for this particular game, doing everything he could to keep the game interesting during his debut, trying to pass Aaron Ramsdale twice before halftime.

Crucially, however, there is substance to match this style. He proved it with his impressive time runs and left-sided shots, which are expected to be plentiful in the coming months. Despite fading before being pulled back in the second half, the weight of others offset the gap and Rashford had a devastating presence in the middle.

The game suits his abilities, hanging on the last shoulder of Arsenal’s high line, his team-mates were able to take advantage of his searing speed and composure in front of goal, not leaving even when he recently struggled in front of goal he. If United had played like this for 75 minutes or so, sitting down and countering, he seemed like the perfect No.9. An interesting question in the early days of Ten Hag’s tenure is how he will adapt to Rashford’s game (and many other players who seem to be better suited to transition games) to a game where United dominate the ball.

Win streak ends, but Arsenal impress

It is not without reason that Gary Neville praised Arsenal in the final minutes of his comments on British television. On another day, when VAR will look at Martinelli’s early goal differently, or Odegaard and Saka in the striker’s boots, it could be a clear win for the league leaders . Their failure to do so doesn’t mean they’re not a top-four contender. In that regard, the way they dominated the game ahead of United’s second-place finish should be boosted.

Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez got all kinds of trouble from Gabriel Jesus and the whole squad couldn’t stop Arsenal from getting into their box. Generally speaking, if you have 47 touches in your opponent’s box, it’s fair to assume you’ll score more than one.

By the way, only Crystal Palace have allowed opponents to touch the ball more than Manchester United so far this season. Ten Haig certainly doesn’t want his defense to rely on Martinez and Varane’s box tackles indefinitely.

At their best, Arsenal’s front four weave beautiful patterns to get exactly where they want. But at crucial moments, especially towards the end of the first half, the last pass was missed. It can be assumed that this will be the exception rather than the rule of Ödegaard, Saka and Co.

Of course, Arsenal’s performance was far from perfect. Arteta can decide in cold light that his treble-winning move backfires, but if his recent record is to be believed, the league’s youngest manager will learn from his mistakes. He must hope that Albert Sambi Lokonga does it again after his positioning has been questioned many times.

The role of the midfield base is probably the most difficult to learn in Arteta’s team, with even Thomas Partey taking a long time to get back on his feet. Lokonga has done a good job with the ball, but especially in United’s first game, he was unable to block Eriksen’s pass to Fernandes and support the defence from there.

It should be noted that he would be the third option in the full-featured squad, but the failure to sign Douglas Luiz before the deadline made Lokonga’s difficulties all the more pronounced. With Mohamed Elneny out for a few months, Arteta needs Partey to get fit – Arsenal hope he will be back next weekend – and keep him fit.

Tierney made the right decision

The Premier League office has been in the spotlight this weekend for all the wrong reasons and the rhetoric about referees is now so heated that it seems totally unreasonable that people make mistakes, even if they are a disaster like West Ham being denied mistakes sexual. Saturday’s goal. There’s room for debate as to whether VAR really had to step in to recall Martinelli’s goal when Odegaard challenged Eriksen, with Roy Keane arguing it was within the rules of the game but in all the anger , we might be able to find space to record one that works fine.

Paul Tierney’s dominant play ahead of United’s first goal perfectly fulfilled the Premier League’s desire to keep the game flowing. It’s also hard to do your job properly when you realise the ridiculous debate surrounding you before a game (Arsenal fans complained about Tierney, who was born in Wigan and registered as a fan of the team and grew up nearby Rufford). In a game that sees itself as the pinnacle of domestic football, perhaps such moments are what referees should be looking forward to. But given the circumstances of his game, in this case, perhaps it makes sense to just praise a job well done.

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JJ Watt is hanging up his boots. On Tuesday (27), the Arizona Cardinals defensive end announced that he is retiring from the NFL, via a post on Twitter.

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“Koa’s (defensive end’s daughter) first NFL game, last home game of my career,” wrote the star, posing in photos alongside his daughter and wife, Chicago Red Stars forward Kealia. “My heart is filled with nothing less than love and gratitude. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure.”

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A three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt is a future Hall of Famer. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Houston Texans. There, he played until the end of the 2020 season, when he announced his move to Arizona.

In Texas, he played 128 games, including eight for the playoffs, adding 21 more for the Cardinals, one of them for the postseason, in last year’s Wild Card round against the Los Angeles Rams. In all, there are 149 starters on the field, 111.5 sacks, 580 tackles, 191 tackles for loss of yardage, 313 QB hits, one safety, and two interceptions.

When it comes to awards, the list is also extensive. He was three times named AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2015 and 2016), once Walter Payton Man of the Year (2018), 2017 Sportsman of the Year, five times selected to the Pro Bowl (2012 to 2015 and 2018) and six times to the All-Pro team (2012 to 2015 and 2018).

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

Marquez Cooper, Marcellus Marshall, Devontez Walker, and Dante Cephas were all named to the first team for the conference.

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Cephas received his second selection to the first team of the conference in as many years. In MAC play, his figure increased to 97.8 yards per game, placing him second in the MAC with 82.7 yards per game. Cephas was one of three MAC receivers with an average of more over 15 yards per grab, along with teammate Devontez Walker. In the victory over Ohio this season, he set a Kent State record with a 246-yard performance (on 13 receptions).

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Cooper receives his first all-conference mention after compiling 1,331 yards to finish second in the MAC and 14th in the FBS, marking the sixth season with 1,300+ yards in program history. For the Flashes, Cooper’s 13 running touchdowns are among the top 10 for any season. Cooper recorded the sixth 240+ yard game in program history in the win against Ohio, and he averaged over 130 yards per game (132.7) in conference games. He and Cephas established themselves as the first duo in FBS history to have over 240 yards apiece in the same contest.

Assuming the starting offensive tackle position, Marcellus Marshall achieved first-honors for his performance. Marshall started each of the 12 games, and the offensive line helped create the best rushing attack in the MAC, averaging more than 200 yards per game and more than 2,400 yards total. The Flashes were also one of three teams in the MAC to average 400 yards of offense per game and one of two to surpass 5,000 total offense yards this season.

Walker, who this season took on a starting position, receives his first all-conference honor. With 11 touchdown catches, he established a new school record and had one of the best seasons in the MAC. That score ranked sixth in the FBS and tied for first in the MAC. His 921 yards ranked third all-time in program history and led the league. In terms of catches (58) and yards per catch, he also came in first (15.9).

Sam Allan, Nico Bolden, and Ja’Shaun Poke were named to the second team of the conference.

Allan, who started all 12 games at center for the Golden Flashes, ends his career with his first all-conference recognition. Like Marshall, Allan contributed to the offensive line’s stability and helped the unit record its fourth season of 5,000+ offensive yardage.

With 103 tackles this season, Bolden achieved a career best and was named to the all-conference team for the first time. His five games with 10+ tackles, including his final three games of the season, marked the end of his Kent State career. His 64 solo tackles were second in the MAC and was first on the squad.

Poke’s talent as a returner won him a spot on the second team. With only 15 returns, he finished sixth in overall return yardage but topped the MAC with a kickoff return average of 29.4. Poke contributed to the passing game as well, ranking third on the team in throwing yards with 362 for the year.

Zayin West and Collin Schlee were named to the third team of the league. In his first 11 games as the starting quarterback, Schlee completed 2,109 passes for 2,109 yards. His 138.0 quarterback rating, which was third-best in the MAC, was aided by the second-best MAC touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13 to 5. Schlee improved the club’s running game by contributing 492 yards, four touchdowns, and more than five yards per carry to his second-place result on the team.

In his last season, Zayin West had an all-conference campaign. With a team and career high of 11.5 tackles for loss, West placed top-10 in the MAC. That number includes 4.5 sacks, which ranks second on the team. With two sacks and three tackles for loss in the triumph, he contributed to securing the Wagon Wheel for the fourth consecutive season. West was also an important player for the Flashes’ special teams, converting a fake punt against Georgia by catching a pass, and returning a kick against Ball State for 21 yards.

The four first-team members and nine all-conference selections are Kent State’s highest totals since 1997 and 2012, respectively.

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After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

England is one of 16 teams to advance from their groups as the World Cup enters its final rounds. Tomorrow (Saturday), the round of 16 begins, with the winners of Group A facing the losers of Group B.

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The Netherlands advanced without incident as Cody Gakpo continues to impress in his maiden World Cup, leading the competition in scoring. England will play Senegal on Sunday, joining the Netherlands and the United States in the next round.

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Lionel Messi was influential for Argentina once again, as they prepare to face Australia, who qualified with France from Group D. At one point on Thursday night, Spain and Germany were both on their way out of the tournament, but it was the Germans who suffered another disappointing performance at a major tournament and joined Belgium in exiting the competition.

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The Netherlands won Group A with seven points from three matches and will face the United States, who placed second to England in Group B. Gakpo is the primary guy for Louis van Gaal’s team at the moment, although Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Yunus Musah, and Weston McKennie are also dangers for the USA.

Lionel Messi will be trying to lead his country into the quarter-finals with a win over Australia, as the winners of the above two games will meet in the quarter-finals.

France vs. Poland and England against. Senegal on Sunday, December 4

The opposite half of the World Cup knockout bracket begins on Sunday, with France facing Poland, who finished second in Group C behind Argentina. England will try to advance to the quarter-finals with a win over Senegal, perhaps setting up a meeting with the current World Cup champions if France defeats Poland.

Monday, December 5: Japan vs. Croatia, and Brazil vs. South Korea.

Japan, who qualified out of Group E ahead of Costa Rica and Germany on the final matchday of the group stages, will face Croatia who saw out a 0-0 draw against Belgium to knock Roberto Martinez’s side out of the competition in shocking fashion. Brazil, the tournament favorites, rotated significantly for their last group stage encounter, which they lost 1-0 to Cameroon.

Neymar remains an injury worry for the remainder of the tournament, and South Korea will be a severe test after defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the round of 16, qualifying ahead of both Uruguay and Ghana on goals scored.

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