Arsenal must travel to Old Trafford with a sense of trepidation. They haven’t won there in the league for a decade, and hadn’t scored against a Jose Mourinho side in the league for almost as long.
The signs did not make for encouraging reading ahead of kick-off.
Stat in today's Times: since Arsenal last won in the league at Old Trafford, Lionel Messi has scored 442 goals for Barcelona.— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) November 19, 2016
And so it was that after a largely dull first half, Arsenal went all Arsenal on us and conceded from a Juan Mata finish.
4 - Juan Mata has scored 4 Premier League goals v Arsenal, only against Norwich does he have more (5). Opener.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 19, 2016
Deflating stuff for the Gunners, who looked well out of sorts in the weekend’s early kick-off.
Very surprised at this by Arsenal. Thought they'd be ferocious today.— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) November 19, 2016
Did you know... the last Arsenal player to score against a Mourinho team was Oliver Cromwell in 1656— MATT LUCAS (@RealMattLucas) November 19, 2016
But just as hope was fading fast, an Arsenal hero rose from the substitute’s bench and brought them level with just minutes left.
Olivier Giroud: Is the first Arsenal player to score a league goal against a Jose Mourinho side since Gilberto Silva in May 2007 #MUNARS— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 19, 2016
It’s fair to say that most, even Arsenal fans, agreed their side had not been deserving of a point.
Most undeserving goal I've ever seen. Arsenal deserve nothing from this. Have been abysmal from start to finish.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 19, 2016
1-1. Ox crosses for Giroud. Look what happens when you make subs.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) November 19, 2016
In the end, Giroud’s powerful header saved Arsene Wenger from some very difficult questions after the game, but it didn’t erase the memory of a lacklustre performance from the north London side.
We were awful. Absolutely nicked a point there.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) November 19, 2016
They say that gaining a point from a poor performance is the sign of champions…
Absolute rubbish from us today, but that’s a big big big goal from Giroud. When you play that badly and get a point shows a bit of character— arseblog (@arseblog) November 19, 2016
…but that wasn’t going to wash with Arsenal fans, was it?
Of course you show more character by playing well in the first place but there you go.— arseblog (@arseblog) November 19, 2016
United can certainly consider themselves unfortunate, after a game in which they demonstrated improvement.
Manchester United have had precious little fortune at Old Trafford this season. Dominant against Stoke, Burnley & Arsenal. Just 3 points.— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) November 19, 2016
But Jose Mourinho can still enjoy this particular record.
0 - Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game vs Arsenal, winning five and drawing seven of his 12 meetings with the Gunners. Edge.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 19, 2016
The rivalry continues.