Cape Town – Unai Emery was left ruing dropped points as
Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on
Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring with a diving header
that David de Gea was unable to keep out before an immediate response from
Anthony Martial at the other end.
A Marcus Rojo own-goal then put Arsenal ahead for the second
time, only for Jesse Lingard to poke home an equaliser following the restart.
After the game, Emery said: “I am very proud for our
work and how we responded in the 90 minutes. When we are winning it was a good moment,
but they equalised very quickly then we got up after their two goals.
“In the second half, our players worked to find a way
to win. I think we were close, more than them, to do the third goal but De Gea
saved two or three times with good action.”
Emery added that he was concerned with an injury sustained
by defender Rob Holding, who was stretchered off before half-time. Aaron Ramsey
was also withdrawn, but his injury is not as serious.
The Arsenal boss added: “It’s the worst news for us
today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his
“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two
injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to
keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”