rsenal took a big step towards Champions League qualification with a crucial win over Manchester United in a thrilling game at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners followed up their win over Chelsea to climb above fourth-placed Tottenham and increase the pressure on Spurs ahead of their game at Brentford later.
The result surely ends any hope United had of finishing fourth. They are six points behind Arsenal after placing one more game.
Arsenal flew off the blocks and were ahead after just three minutes when a Saka shot was deflected by David de Gea only to Tavares to score his first Arsenal goal.
There was controversy midway through the first half when United’s penalty appeals were dismissed after Cedric used his arm to block the ball in the area. It was a letting go for Arsenal.
There was more controversy when Arsenal doubled their lead in the 31st minute.
Eddie Nketiah thought he had made it 2-0 but the striker was ruled offside by VAR. But the VAR official ruled that Saka was fouled by Alex Telles as he sent the ball to Nketiah. Referee Craig Pawson went on screen and awarded a penalty.
Just like against Chelsea on Wednesday, Saka made no mistakes from the spot.
But United immediately pulled a goal back when Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a Nemanja Matic cross.
Both teams had chances late in the first half and United then squandered a golden chance to equalize when they were awarded a penalty early in the second half.
Fernandes, rather than Ronaldo, got up, shimmyed slightly and then sent a bad penalty past the post.
Ronaldo was then disallowed a goal for a marginal offside and United were ahead before Granit Xhaka fired a searing shot past De Gea from 25 yards to seal the victory for Arsenal.