In what was undoubtedly one of the best matches of the season, Manchester United punished Arsenal’s careless defensive mistakes to snatch a 3-1 victory at the Emirates. The talking points during the match just kept racking up and the market on the Football Index reflected the sheer excitement of this match!
First up, we had the news that Alexandre Lacazette (£2.79) was in fact fit enough to start the match. The Frenchman was a serious doubt, but upon his inclusion many Arsenal fans would have been breathing a sigh of relief. The Frenchman grabbed Arsenal’s only goal of the game and he is really looking like he’s hitting his stride at the moment; his link up play is great and he’s now regularly finding the net. Lacazette is a player who has perhaps suffered on the market since moving to the Prem. He hit a peak of £4.10 during the summer when he was linked with a move to England and if he can continue to impress, his 13p increase yesterday may yet continue to grow!
Arsenal will have been asking themselves how they managed to lose this one, but to answer that question simply, you have to look at David de Gea (97p). The United shot stopper was phenomenal yesterday and he equalled a Premier League record for the number of saves in a match and with Arsenal hitting a staggering 33 shots on goal, it beggars belief that United managed to win by such a margin. We’ve all known that de Gea is quite clearly one of the best keepers in the world, but this performance yesterday truly cemented his claim as the best of the best!
Arsenal were undone by some sloppy defensive errors and United’s Jesse Lingard pounced twice to make the most of these defensive lapses in concentration. The United man started the evening below the £1.00 mark, but he ended the night 27.62% up and he now finds himself at £1.17. Antonio Valencia (65p) managed to grab United’s other goal and will feel unlucky to have been undone to the Defensive Buzz win by Terrance Kongolo (55p) on the day. However, it wasn’t all good news for United and Arsenal players on the market. Olivier Giroud (£1.09) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£3.30) both suffered slight drops in value come the end of night and traders will be hoping to see much more game time for both these stars over the Christmas period.
With penalty appeals and end to end action, the match wasn’t complete until we had a red card and Paul Pogba (£4.32) duly obliged, as he saw red for a nasty stamp on Hector Bellerin (82p). Pogba sarcastically clapped the referee’s decision as he left the pitch, but in fairness to the ref it was definitely a spot on decision (maybe Pogba was being genuine?) Still, this was easily enough to secure Pogba’s Media Buzz win. With United facing Man City next week, they will no doubt miss Pogba’s creativity and perhaps his suspension could yet come back to haunt them!
One of the most entertaining aspects of any football match these days is how it effects the market on the Football Index and yesterday was no different! With more action to follow today, let’s hope we see a repeat of the superb football on display yesterday!