Arsenal extended their gap at the top of the table to five points, with a game in hand, after beating Manchester United at the Emirates in a 3-2 thriller.
While Manchester United offered little in an attacking sense, they somehow managed to leave the Emirates on Sunday afternoon with two goals.
Thankfully, they left all the points as Eddie Nketiah banged in his sixth and seventh goals in his last seven starts.
As for the screamer from Bukayo Saka, well, Arjen Robben called and gave his approval.
This match was one that gave Arsenal the chance to lay out their title credentials for those who still doubt them.
Up against a team they often batter only to lose to, Arsenal had to come from behind, recover from a mistake from Aaron Ramsdale that allowed United to equalise, and then find a way to win the game with time almost up.
They did it all.
25 shots to six, three big chances to zero, 12 corners to four. The scoreline may not reflect the reality of the game, but make no mistake, Arsenal stomped all over United in this game.
Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd: A brilliant game of football. Based on quality of chances, Arsenal deserved that late winner and they hit 50 points at the halfway points of their Premier League season.
Mikel Arteta's young side go from strength to strength. pic.twitter.com/jq4Rj6p6pG
— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) January 22, 2023
After the match, Oleksandr Zinchenko told Premier League TV, “When I arrived I told the lads, we won’t think about the top 3 of whatever, we go for the title.
“Some of them started laughing but now they start to believe.”
Zinchenko “I told the lads after, when we retire we will regret we didn’t enjoy this moment much” pic.twitter.com/4sTT4vGuGb
— Arsenal Guns (@TheArsenalGuns) January 22, 2023
With 50 points on the board after just 19 games, it’s Arsenal’s best ever start to a league campaign and the fastest they’ve ever reached that milestone.