Arsenal continued their impressive form taking a point off of a Manchester United side, both of which will have felt they did enough to take all three points from the fixture.
A first half of little quality saw Bernd Leno forced into a diving save from Fred’s effort, whilst much of the half time talk was on the officials once more for a questionable Bruno Fernandes tackle.
The hosts started the second half in a much better fashion, with Willian, Emile Smith Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette all going close for the Gunners.
A debut for Martin Odegaard will have pleased the Arsenal faithful, even if between Nicolas Pepe’s effort curling wide and Edinson Cavani missing two presentable chances, the lack of goals was not due to a lack of action.
In a fixture renowned for its heated rivalry in the Premier League era, the early off-the-ball action was certainly living up to the expectation – Cedric’s early yellow card was followed by a little kick from Fernandes, reviewed by VAR but apparently as the perpetrator isn’t Swiss and surnamed Xhaka, this isn’t a red card.
Fred’s curling placed effort from the edge of the area brought a fingertip save from Leno as the visiting side sought to make the most of the pressure they were applying.
Pepe’s curling effort after a foot race with Shaw saw De Gea scrambling across his goal as both teams created promising half chances, but few resulted in a shot, and even fewer troubled the goalkeepers.
Half time: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United
Willian was brought on at half-time and within five minutes could have had a goal and an assist – his goal-bound effort from Bellerin’s cross was well blocked by Wan Bissaka, and his low cutback for Pepe saw the Ivorian’s effort blocked by Maguire.
Cavani proceeded to put wide of an open goal from close range, with Luke Shaw’s fizzing cross being turned wide by the Uruguyan with a coincidental touch off of Leno.
Two big chances in a row for Arsenal saw Lacazette’s free-kick crash off the crossbar before Smith Rowe’s low effort was easily but well kept out by De Gea.
Pepe had the best Arsenal chance of the remainder of the game with a curled effort from inside the area that only just went wide.
Cavani will feel he could have won the game with 90 seconds of normal time left to play when his sideways scissor kick whistled past the post.
Man of the match: Remarkably, it was David Luiz. Both defences excelled but the Brazillian also offered an offensive threat.
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric, Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe (Odegaard 83′), Pepe, Martinelli (Willian HT), Lacazette (Nketiah 90+4′)
Subs: Runarsson, Gabriel, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock,
Man Utd: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan Bissaka, Shaw, Fred, Fernandes, Pogba, McTominay (Martial 37′), Rashford (Greenwood 80′), Cavani
Subs: Henderson, Telles, Bailly, Tuanzebe, James, Matic, Van de Beek, Greenwood