Arsenal came from a goal down to defeat Premier League rivals Manchester United 3-1 with Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scoring two late goals to add to Martin Odegaard’s fantastic 28th minute finish.
Arsenal were without injured Ghana international Thomas Partey who copped a grade 2 groin injury on Thursday as the team trained ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The former Atletico Madrid star will reportedly miss up to three or four months.
‘Rice, Rice Baby!’ sang the Arsenal fans as the United end emptied as fast as their early season hopes to challenge their City rivals for the Premier League title disappeared.
A riveting game, otherwise lacking in great quality, had not seen such action since midway through the first half when two goals were scored in the space of a minute.
Marcus Rashford put the Red Devils 1-0 up a minute before the Arsenal captain fired back with aplomb when Kai Havertz lost the ball in midfield.
The match looked set to end in an absorbing draw after a penalty for a foul on Kai Havertz was overturned following a pitchside review before the VAR ruled out substitute Alejandro Garnacho’s late winner for narrowly straying offside.
Just when everyone thought it was heading for a draw, £105m record signing Rice slammed home his first Arsenal goal off the heel of Jonny Evans in the sixth minute of stoppage time, before substitute Jesus coolly added gloss for Mikel Arteta’s men.
The win on Sunday evening send Arsenal to fifth place with 10 points from a possible 12 points.
Man Utd who have now lost twice in four games this season are 11th with six points.
Elsewhere in this Sunday’s action, Liverpool clinically dispatched Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield, while Crystal Palace edged out over Wolves 3-2.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.