Wenger thanks United for 'classy' send off

Mohamed Salah

Former United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised in the 51st - two minutes after Lukaku hobbled off - but Arsenal's players exhausted in the final 20 minutes and Fellaini made them pay, glancing in Ashley Young's cross.

Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid took priority, meaning the outgoing Gunners boss gave some of his up-and-coming stars a run out. I love those games, they're fantastic.

"He gives us some more options, he can go into the box and he's very risky in there, so he's a very important player for us".

[Anthony] Martial would stretch the defenders, we would get some superiority on the side because Alexis [Sanchez] was coming too much inside, and Martial was more wide with Ashley Young, we could create problems. "I only played Mr Wenger three or four times as United manager".

Sir Alex and Wenger were fierce rivals while the former was still at the club but they enjoyed a good relationship off the pitch. In truth, the Gooners were perhaps braced for a scoreline similar to the 8-2 defeat in 2011 that scarred Wenger's record against United.

"I hope I play against him again", said Mourinho, who has a history of spats with Wenger, most famously describing the Frenchman as a "specialist in failure" for his inability to win the Premier League since 2003/04.

They dominated the opening exchanges, and Paul Pogba put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute.




Moments earlier, Fellaini had also hit the post as Arsenal's inability to cope with the physical approach underlined why they have struggled to compete at the top end of the league in Wenger's last decade in charge.

Arsenal nearly levelled within five minutes, when Mkhitaryan fired wide after some more good approach play.

West Brom staved off relegation for a second straight weekend with a 1-0 win at Newcastle to claw to within five points of safety with just two games remaining.

Mavropanos joined Arsenal from PAS Giannina during the January transfer window and has been impressing coaches with his performances for the Under-23 development side in recent months.

But there was a sting in the tail, Marouane Fellaini climbing off the bench and flicking home a match-winning header in stoppage time. But there are three more weeks until the final, so let's see.

He said: "I am programmed to try to win football games and I don't think that changes, so overall I am disappointed because we lost the game".

"I don't know if he is going to be out or if he's not okay", Mourinho told reporters.

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