Leno admits Arsenal used Lingard's dance as motivation

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2019

United won 3-1 at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup in January, with Lingard's moonwalking after his goal apparently still fresh in the minds of the Arsenal players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the caretaker United manager, who tasted defeat in the league for the first time in his tenure as his team slipped to fifth, predicted that the race for the Champions League qualifying spots would "go to the wire", and Emery knows that mentality will be key.

The England global had previously scored twice in the league clash in north London last season and irked Arsenal fans by posting his recent celebration on Instagram with the location set as "dancefloor".

But their 2-0 loss allowed Arsenal to jump above them in the league, courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Even under Wenger you never really got the stadium like that. "Proud to be a Gunner!"

Lingard missed the Arsenal vs Manchester United clash due to a hamstring injury. Now we have two points [more than them] and that was enough motivation for us. We played a better game than we did back then, but that doesn't help when the result is like this.

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"We knew Manchester United could use different tactics but we wanted to impose our gameplan and I think we did that", the Spaniard was quoted saying by the UK Metro.
"We are in the top four and the other teams now wait for our mistakes", the German added.

Arsenal are aiming to try and break back into the top four this season for the first time in two seasons. "This game was a six pointer and we don't have a lot of games left, but we need the points to be in the top four".

On the performance at Stamford Bridge, which saw Raul Jimenez's strike cancelled out by a last-gasp Eden Hazard leveller, Saiss said: "It was very hard to concede this goal at the end because I think our plan was good".

It was United's first league defeat since December 16, Jose Mourinho's last game in charge, and ended Solskjaer's remarkable three-month, 12-match unbeaten league start as his interim replacement.

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