Arsenal has unveiled additional footage from their thrilling victory over Manchester United last Sunday, shedding light on the emotional rollercoaster experienced by managers, players, and fans alike.
The Gunners, initially trailing to a Marcus Rashford strike in the first half, swiftly equalized as captain Martin Odegaard expertly found the net following a precise pass from Gabriel Martinelli.
The second half was not without its drama, as the hosts had a penalty claim overturned by VAR after Kai Havertz’s fall in the penalty area.
However, it was the final moments of the game that left both sets of supporters hanging on the edge of their seats.
Alejandro Garnacho appeared to have secured victory for Man United, calmly finishing a breakaway opportunity.
Yet, thanks to a remarkable defensive effort by Gabriel Magalhaes, making his first Premier League start of the season, the goal was disallowed due to one of the closest offside calls in recent memory.
In a sudden twist of fate, Arsenal, teetering on the brink of defeat, were given a fresh lease of life.
With momentum firmly in their favor, Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus netted goals in the sixth and 11th minutes of injury time, securing a dramatic three-point victory for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Throughout the game, Arteta’s animated presence on the touchline provided fans with a glimpse of his range of emotions, as captured by the ‘Bench Cam’ video, which has garnered considerable attention.
Although Gabriel Jesus’s goal ultimately sealed the victory, it might not have materialized if Fabio Vieira had followed Arteta’s instructions.
The Arsenal manager appeared to signal for Vieira to take the ball to the corner flag after Reiss Nelson’s exceptional ball retention.
However, Vieira chose to keep Arsenal on the offensive, a decision that paid off as he provided his second assist of the season by setting up Jesus for the crucial goal.
This moment highlighted Vieira’s impact as a super-sub in consecutive games, prompting Arteta to praise the Portuguese midfielder’s development.
Arteta commented in the post-match press conference, “Every player has a chance to do that.
Today we decided to start with Kai and we knew that Fabio would have a big impact, especially in the last few minutes if we needed something.
Something has changed with Fabio, you notice it in the way the crowd reacts when he steps in compared to last year.
He’s more mature, he’s more senior within the squad, and his confidence is high, so I’m more than happy to have those options.”
Arsenal fans can look forward to more thrilling moments with Vieira’s growing influence on the team.