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Player Ratings: Man United vs Arsenal – Marcus Rashford impresses as Aubameyang misses his chance

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Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal PLAYER RATINGS: Marcus Rashford and Sead Kolasinac both impress but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed his chance to claim a famous win

Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Manchester United were forced to come from behind twice to earn a draw at home against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette got the goals for the visitors, while Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard netted for United.

Here, Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER runs the rule over both sets of players at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United had to come from behind twice to earn a draw against Arsenal

Manchester United had to come from behind twice to earn a draw against Arsenal

MANCHESTER UNITED

DAVID DE GEA 6.5 – Rare mistake for Mustafi’s goal but made amends with fine saves from Aubameyang and Torreira.

ERIC BAILLY 7 – First appearance for two months and looked like he’d never been away. Solid at the back and stepped up well.

CHRIS SMALLING 6 – Played with fractured bone in his foot but lost Mustafi in the build-up to the first goal.

MARCOS ROJO 6 – His first game since June and blotted good comeback when error led to second goal.

Marcos Rojo played his first game since June and made a costly mistake for Arsenal's second

Marcos Rojo played his first game since June and made a costly mistake for Arsenal's second

Marcos Rojo played his first game since June and made a costly mistake for Arsenal’s second

DIOGO DALOT 6.5 – Assured display on his first Premier League start, making several tackles on Kolasinac in particular.

NEMANJA MATIC 7 – Cool head in the heat of the midfield battle. Kept United organised in front of makeshift defence.

ANDER HERRERA 6 – Couldn’t keep out first goal on the line but did well to set up equaliser despite hint of offside.

MATTEO DARMIAN 6 – Another defender pressed into action due to injuries, but did a solid job at left wing-back.

JESSE LINGARD 7 – Another performance full of effort and purpose was rewarded with a goal.

MARCUS RASHFORD 7.5 – The youngster’s pace and energy in preferred central role caused Arsenal real problems.

Marcus Rashford's blistering pace caused the Gunners' defenders problems all night long

Marcus Rashford's blistering pace caused the Gunners' defenders problems all night long

Marcus Rashford’s blistering pace caused the Gunners’ defenders problems all night long

ANTHONY MARTIAL 6.5 – Continues to be a source of goals for United. Seven in seven Premier League starts now.

Subs: Pogba (for Lingard 75, 6), Mata, Lukaku (for Martial 63, 6), Romero, Valencia, Fellaini (for Rojo 72, 6), McTominay 

Jose Mourinho 7 – bold team selection, leaving out both Pogba and Lukaku, and he was rewarded with a more energetic performance from United.

Jose Mourinho made bold team selections and his forwards back him up with lively displays

Jose Mourinho made bold team selections and his forwards back him up with lively displays

Jose Mourinho made bold team selections and his forwards back him up with lively displays

ARSENAL

BERND LENO 6.5 – Slow to react on Lingard’s equaliser having been assured up to that point.

SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS 6 – Great early challenge on Rashford set the tone. Solid performance.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI 6.5 – Unlikely Arsenal scorer but his poor control contributed to Lingard’s equaliser.

Shkodran Mustafi scored Arsenal's first goal but contributed to Lingard's late equaliser

Shkodran Mustafi scored Arsenal's first goal but contributed to Lingard's late equaliser

Shkodran Mustafi scored Arsenal’s first goal but contributed to Lingard’s late equaliser

ROB HOLDING 6.5 – Started well but hurt his left leg in a challenge from Rashford and had to be carried off before half-time.

HECTOR BELLERIN 6 – Wasn’t able to get forward as much as he would have liked to cause United problems.

LUCAS TORREIRA 6 – Combative display but couldn’t replicate his starring role against Spurs.

MATTEO GUENDOUZI 6.5 – In for the suspended Xhaka, and energetic display ensured the skipper wasn’t missed.

SEAD KOLASINAC 7 – Linked up well with Iwobi on the left flank, which led to the corner for the first goal.

AARON RAMSEY 6.5 – Captain for the night but didn’t make it to the second half after hurting ankle in tackle on Matic.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG 5.5 – Quiet night for him and missed his big chance one-on-one with De Gea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a quiet night and missed this big chance to earn three points

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a quiet night and missed this big chance to earn three points

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a quiet night and missed this big chance to earn three points

ALEX IWOBI 6 – Didn’t make enough of an impression and was eventually replaced by Lacazette.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Mkhitaryan (for Ramsey 46, 7), Lacazette (for Iwobi 64, 7), Lichtsteiner (for Holding 36, 6), Maitland-Niles, Nketiah 

Unai Emery 6.5 – Difficult to raise his players for a second big game in four days, and plans disrupted by a string of injuries.

Referee: Andre Marriner 7 – kept control of a hard-fought game by showing five yellow cards in quick succession at the end of the first half.



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Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira drops transfer revelation that could WORRY Gunners fans

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Torreira joined the Gunners from Sampdoria lsat summer and impressed in his debut season at the Emirates.

The Uruguayan made 34 Premier League appearances as the Gunners finished fifth, scoring twice.

But he has now thrown his Arsenal future into doubt by admitting he wants to play in South America.

“One day, I want to play for Boca and wear their shirt,” Torreira said.

“It’s a dream I have had since I was a little kid. It’s no secret, my family and friends know that.

“I was with several friends [at the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid]. I did not think I was going to suffer so much, I lived it with a lot of nerves.

“It was not as we wanted, but reaching the final is not for anyone. It was a nice show because I had never had the chance to see Boca.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to have a busy summer, though his budget may be limited.

First, the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29 is on Emery’s mind though.

Though the Spaniard recently admitted he needs money to improve his Arsenal squad.

He said: ”I think we can improve first, by spending money to achieve players.

“In the past the club have done great work in watching players, finding and signing young players and developing our players in the academy.

“I have big respect for our work, for our players in the academy.

“I want to develop the players here—giving them progress to achieve something at a big club like we are.

“We can also achieve [buy] some players who are in other teams, who can come here and give us this performance—like [Virgil] Van Dijk with Liverpool.”

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Arsenal facing transfer PROBLEM because of Man Utd, Liverpool and Nicolas Pepe

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to the transfer window to strengthen his squad, regardless of whether or not they win the Europa League.

But Manchester United and Liverpool are looking to do the same, with both clubs interested in securing Pepe’s signature.

The Lille star, who is also in the Gunners’ sights, has enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Ligue 1 giants.

The 23-year-old has bagged an impressive 20 goals from 36 league outings, clocking up 11 assists along the way.

Express Sport understands Arsenal are interested in securing Lorient hitman Alexis Claude-Maurice.

But Lille want him too as a replacement for United and Liverpool target Pepe.

Should one of Arsenal’s domestic rivals swoop for the star, then Lille may go in for Claude-Maurice.

And that would give the Gunners a problem, with Emery eager to sign Claude-Maurice as well this summer.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move to Pepe.

But United, according to journalist Duncan Castles, have enquired about the player Arsenal are also tracking.

“One of the clubs interested in Pepe [that] have expressed an interest to Lille is Manchester United,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“I’m told that last week a phone call went in to one of the Lille directors to enquire about the cost of a transfer for Pepe, who’s been outstanding in the French division this year, scoring goals and creating goals with a great deal of pace, actually a very good fit to what Manchester United would need on the right wing, to ask whether he would be available for sale.

“So Manchester United have shown their hand there. They’ve not gone any further.

“I’m told there’s been no bid and there’s been no further contact with Lille since that enquiry.

“But, again, the market’s beginning to move.

“Clubs like Lille who have players like Pepe who they know they will sell this summer, they very openly advertised and set a fee for him, would like to have as many of the big clubs bidding for him as possible, are waiting for one of these big clubs to make a move and inject money into the market so they can spend and recruit elsewhere, and those moves have implications for everyone else.”

Arsenal have also been linked with Kostas Manolas, Wilfried Zaha and Samuel Umtiti.

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Arsenal star hopes to play last Gunners game in Europa League final vs Chelsea

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Danny Welbeck could be available to play for Arsenal in the Europa League final after returning to training.

The 28-year-old has not played after breaking his ankle in November.

The Injury was so severe it required him to go under the knife twice as part of his recovery.

However, following Welbeck’s return to full training Arsenal are now planning to take him to Baku to face Chelsea, reports the Daily Mail.

Although the player will travel with the squad it is not known what involvement, if any, the England international will have during the final on May 29.

It is expected to be a farewell game for Welbeck, after Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed the player will be leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer.

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton in their final Premier League game, Emery confirmed Welbeck’s departure.

“I spoke to the club with this situation and the decision is he is going to leave,” Emery said at the time.

Despite Welbeck missing half of the season through injury, he could get an opportunity to help the club qualify for the Champions League next year as Arsenal might not be taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Azerbaijan.

The club have made it clear they want Mkhitaryan to travel, but the 30-year-old Armenian might be caught up in political tensions if he travels to the game.

That is because there is currently a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Arsenal are seeking guarantees from UEFA about the situation with Mkhitaryan, but the club are reputedly growing concerned about the situation.

The Gunners have already played in Azerbaijan in the Europa League this season, when they took on Qarabag FK in the group stages of the tournament.

Mkhitaryan did not travel to Baku to play but the Gunners did win 3-0 on the night.

However, it might not just be Mkhitaryan not making the journey to Azerbaijan, as thousands of fans from both clubs also face the prospect of missing out.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have only been allocated 6,000 tickets each from the 68,700 seats at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, a decision which has infuriated fans.

And those who are lucky enough to get a ticket then face the logistical nightmare of completing a 2,500 mile round trip to attend the game.

Uefa have apologised to both clubs over the travel chaos fans face but admit they hadn’t expected an all-English final.

“It goes without saying that an all-English final played by two London teams was not a very predictable event at the time of the appointment,” Uefa competitions director Giorgio Marchetti said.

“There is little doubt that this has added significant difficulties to the event logistics.

“We are really sorry for the problems that your (and Chelsea’s) fans are encountering trying to organise their journey to Baku.

“Our experts are keenly working on this matter with a view to help find cheaper solutions for travelling fans. We would welcome a joint effort with your club in this respect.”

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