Arsenal moved back into the top four with a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners had a golden opportunity to make up some ground on Tottenham Hotspur following their shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton on Saturday.
Unai Emery named an attacking line-up, with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all starting.
The Spaniard’s decision to play his most creative, clinical players paid dividends as Arsenal turned in a complete performance to condemn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to his first domestic defeat as Manchester United’s interim manager.
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring as his long-distance drive caught David de Gea off guard, putting the Gunners in the lead.
The second half saw plenty of pressure from the visitors, but Arsenal stood firm and doubled their advantage. Aubameyang scored a penalty after Fred brought down Lacazette in the area.
Take a look at four findings from Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester United.
Sokratis is one of the signings of the season
When Sokratis Papastathopoulos arrived at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, eyebrows were raised.
The Greek defender had hardly inspired in Germany, but he has been a revelation for the Gunners.
Finally, the club have found a dependable central defender who displays the leadership qualities and bravery to succeed. He is one of the signings of the season.
Leno is proving his worth
Bernd Leno had arguably his best game in an Arsenal shirt against Manchester United.
He was confident throughout the match and stifled Romelu Lukaku several times. The German international was well worth his clean sheet.
Gunners shine in Mustafi's absence
Arsenal looked comfortable against United and displayed greater composure in defensive phases in the absence of Shkodran Mustafi.
He has proven time and time again to be something of a liability for the Gunners, and he wasn’t missed as a back three of Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis and Nacho Monreal held firm.
Xhaka has finally found his feet at Arsenal
Xhaka’s goal was somewhat fortuitous given the shortcomings of De Gea. However, it was no less than his performance deserved.
The Swiss international has been in fine form lately and continued with a good display in the middle. He controlled large periods of Arsenal’s play and distributed the ball intelligently.
It would appear as though Xhaka has finally found his feet in North London.