Arsenal end Solskjaer's unbeaten streak to move into Premier League top four

Then, in injury time, United were awarded a controversial penalty via VAR as Kimpembe was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

He said: "Lacazette won the penalty - I personally didn't think it was a penalty, but there's no doubt Lacazette was clever".

United travelled to the Emirates Stadium brimful of confidence after their astonishing Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and without a single domestic defeat since interim boss Solskjaer took over in mid-December.

Elsewhere, Roberto Firmino returned to goalscoring form at the ideal moment for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, hitting the net twice in a 4-2 victory over Burnley that hauled them back to within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal also had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for two key saves, which kept out efforts from Lukaku.

It was the Norwegian's first league defeat in 13 matches, a record which saw his side win 10 times and draw twice.

With their other avenue to the Champions League, winning the Europa League, increasingly uncertain after the Rennes humiliation, there is little room left for error.

Both teams went close thereafter, with Fred hitting a post and Romelu Lukaku guilty of wasting some gilt-edged chances but the home side doubled their lead midway through the second half when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot after Fred was penalised for bringing down Alexandre Lacazette.

"Maybe a backlash from Wednesday night, but we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game".

"It's one of them where we weren't really at it".

"We created so many more chances compared to when we beat them in the [FA] Cup".

However, he has only started a total of eight games in the English top flight and has struggled to find consistent form since his move from Arsenal just over a year ago. United now sits ahead with 58 points, while Arsenal trails just one behind in fifth place with 57 points.

"I don't want that", Emery said, as per Sky Sports.

"We lost against them in a different competition, they beat us in the FA Cup playing at home but now we are fighting for the Premier League", the Spain worldwide told the club's official website.

"We are happy today and we are better in the table after this result, but Chelsea are with us, United are with us and Tottenham also are with us".

"If we get the three points, it is going to be very important for us, we are going to take one step forward, if we lose, we are going to have another opportunity but in our mind, it is to get the three points and continue in our way".

  • Steve Townsend