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Antony scored on his debut and Marcus Rashford netted a brace as Manchester United won 3-1 to hand Arsenal their first defeat of the season.


Erik ten Hag saw his side start well before the Gunners found their rhythm, and the visitors had a goal controversially disallowed after a foul on Christian Eriksen in the build-up to Gabriel Martinelli’s finish.

Arsenal continued to dominate the rest of the half, with Gabriel Jesus in particular a constant threat, but they found themselves behind when Eriksen sparked a slick passing move which was finished off coolly by deadline-day signing Antony.

United sat back in the second half which allowed Mikel Arteta’s side to enjoy most of the possession with Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka both spurning good opportunities in the box.

And their play was finally rewarded on the hour mark when Saka scored his first goal of the season from close range after capitalising on Raphael Varane’s poor clearance.

Against the run of play, the home side punished some sloppiness to retake the lead on the counter-attack after Fernandes threaded the ball through to Rashford who scored via a deflection.


Mikel Arteta made a triple change, bringing on Fabio Vieira for his debut, but it backfired as United scored their third – again on the counter – with Eriksen unselfishly squaring it to Rashford to convert from close range and make it four wins in a row for Ten Hag’s developing side.

Earlier, Brighton continued their magnificent start to the new season as they came from behind to register an entertaining 5-2 win over rock-bottom Leicester City.


Brendan Rodgers’ visitors flew out of the traps and struck inside the first minute when Kelechi Iheanacho tucked home Patson Daka’s cut back from the right to immediately justify the manager’s decision to start the duo ahead of Jamie Vardy.

However, Brighton responded and levelled on 10 minutes when Luke Thomas diverted Solly March’s header into his own net.

Graham Potter’s men continued to hungrily press and force a disorganised Foxes rearguard into avoidable mistakes, leading to the hosts taking charge just five minutes later through Moises Caicedo.

Leicester’s frustration was evident when goalkeeper Danny Ward and makeshift defender Wilfried Ndidi heatedly argued over another shaky moment, but the away team stunned the Seagulls just past the half hour when Daka latched on to a long pass and coolly fired in the equaliser.

The home side thought they had restored their lead two minutes after the interval but Alexis Mac Allister’s 25-yard thunderbolt was eventually ruled out by VAR for offside in the build up.

Despite that frustration, Brighton continued to dominate and they deservedly moved back in front on 64 minutes through Leandro Trossard’s clinical low strike.

Leicester rarely offered any suggestion of a response and the hosts made sure of the points when Mac Allister did get his goal via the penalty spot 19 minutes from time. And there was even time for the Argentine star to add another, curling home a beautiful free-kick in stoppage time to make it five.

The result means Brighton remain in fourth spot, just two points off the summit while Leicester continue to languish at the foot of the table with just one point from six games played.

Next up, the Foxes host Aston Villa on Saturday while Brighton visit Bournemouth.

By Amara

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