Elneny says Arsenal ‘knew’ they would beat Manchester United

Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Elneny was part of the Arsenal team that beat Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Mohamed Elneny insists Arsenal players ‘knew’ they would beat Manchester United ahead of their 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

A second-half Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty was enough to defeat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as Arsenal claimed their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in 14 years.

Elneny, the Egyptian midfielder, described the victory as ‘special’ and it saw Arsenal climb into the top half of the league.

They are now just a point behind those occupying the Champions League spots ahead of their next clash with Aston Villa, with Mikel Arteta hopeful his side have turned a corner.

But while many thought it would be tough for Arsenal, who had lost their last 29 away matches against ‘Big Six’ opposition, to pick up three points on Sunday, Elneny was certain the result was never in doubt.

‘It feels really amazing, I feel really happy,’ Elneny said. ‘It is special to win against Manchester United here. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Aubameyang scored the winner (Picture: Getty)

‘We know it is a long time since we won here. We gave 100% and everyone worked really hard for it.

‘We know how special it is for us, that’s why we gave everything to win this game.

‘No [we weren’t concerned about not scoring in the first half] because we spoke and said we have to keep on our game, even if we miss. 

‘We knew we were going to score because our shape was really good today and everyone just gave 100%.

‘We created more chances to score. But we didn’t worry, we knew we were going to win this game.’

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