Noam Emeran celebrates after equalising for Manchester United U23s against Arsenal

Arsenal U23 highlights and reaction 1-1 Manchester United as Noam Emeran scores for hosts


Manchester United U23s had to settle for a point as Noam Emeran earned them a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The young Reds were looking to get past their opponents in the penultimate game of their Premier League 2 campaign, and created the best chances early on as Emeran, D’Mani Mellor and Charlie Wellens were denied in the first half time.

Against the run of play, Arsenal took the lead as Mika Biereth brought the ball home after Kido Taylor-Hart’s effort was saved by Radek Vitek.

United pressed on after the break, however, and immediately leveled up, with Emeran delivering a cool finish after being played superbly by Shola Shoretire.

The hosts pressed for a winner but despite creating good chances they were able to break through their visitors when they had to settle for the point, keeping them fourth ahead of their final league game against Liverpool.

See how the game went on our live blog below here.

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Match report

Thanks for joining us for our live blog tonight.

We’ll leave you with Richard Fay’s match report at Old Trafford as Noam Emeran earned Manchester United U23s a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

See you soon.

Noam Emeran celebrates with Hannibal Mejbri after equalizing for Manchester United U23s against Arsenal (Image: Getty Images)

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Full time

Late free kick for Arsenal – sent from deep, the ball returned for a corner, but the referee decides that’s it, much to the dismay of the visitors.

United had the best of that second half and fully deserved their equalizer and probably should have had more.

Nonetheless, it’s a point that keeps them fourth in Premier League 2, just behind the Gunners in third.

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Late free kick

A late chance for United here after Hannibal fell…

It is the Tunisian who wins, but he raises his effort above the bar. Maybe that’s it.

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Chance!

Almost a winner at the end of the match for United!

Wellens cuts the ball in the direction of Mellor but the United captain is denied as he looks to slide the ball home!

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United on the attack

Savage looks to play Wellens down the right but is cut off by an Arsenal defender as the hosts search for a late winner.

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Substitution

Charlie Patino is leaving rather cautiously for Arsenal, with Butler-Oyedeji replacing him.

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Substitution

It was striker Emeran who gave way to Mejia just three minutes from the end.

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Arsenal corner

Danger in United’s penalty area as Flores looks for a shot, but Savage steps in just in time to stab the ball for a corner.

It was short-lived, with Flores eventually sending in the cross, but United’s defense coped well.

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Chance!

Hannibal’s best moment tonight as he leaps past four defenders before dropping the ball for Mellor but the United captain has his shot blocked.

With just eight minutes to go, can United find a late winner here?

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Chance for Arsenal

Good build up from the visitors, and it results in the ball breaking for Flores to have an instant shot. Vitek is however quickly taken down and, above all, he maintains control of the strike.

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yellow card

Alvaro Fernandez is the last name in the book as he takes down Beereth.

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Arsenal free kick

Chance for the visitors to get that into the box from the right, but United deal with it well before Emeran wins a soft free kick from his side to take them out of their own half.

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Substitution

Hansen-Aarøen leaves the bench replacing Svidersky.

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Chance!

Hannibal charges forward and has the chance to play Emeran, but he might be waiting a little too long and his pass is cut off.

Emeran would have crossed, great luck there.

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Chance!

What luck for Mellor!

Emeran’s shot from range deflects an Arsenal defender, and he runs into Mellor’s path who is in acres of space, but he can’t sort his feet out in time to get home.

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Shoretire on load

Great strength from Shore shoots as he pushes his way into the penalty area before looking for a team-mate, but his square ball is cut off by an Arsenal defender.

United are building a head of steam as they look to take the lead here.

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Chance!

United on the attack again and they have numbers – it’s played on Fernandez as he charges towards the penalty area but he fires over the top. Not the best finish to say the least.

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So close !

Emeran comes in from the right and plays it to Shoretire, who fires for the first time and almost catches Ejeheri on his near post, but the Arsenal goalkeeper lays down just in time to return it!

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Substitution

Olayinka gives way to Oulad M’Hand as visitors are forced into change

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Almost!

United are almost in but there is confusion between Mellor and Shoretire as they both go for the ball. The first relies on the second, but Shoretire then puts too much on the return ball.

Moments later, Patino shoots from the edge of the area, but it’s a pretty comfortable save for Vitek.

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Emeran brings the United level

It’s a superb finish from Emeran as he keeps his composure after being played on goal.

He calmly places the ball between Ejeheri’s legs, and United instantly level in the second half!

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GOAL! Emeran equalizes!

United instantly get level in the second half!

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To start up

Arsenal launch us in the second half.

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Second half to come

United players return to the pitch ahead of the second half.

We will soon be back at Old Trafford.

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half time

The referee ends the first half.

United had the best of that half until Arsenal took the lead through Beereth, with the Gunners developing further and further into the competition since then.

There are plenty of opportunities for the hosts at Old Trafford, they just have to find a way to seize them.

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Chance!

Fernandez tries his luck from distance – it’s a good effort on his left foot, and Ejeheri struggles, but it’s just wide of the post.

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Chance!

Wellens takes the ball away and looks to find Mellor in the penalty area. Arsenal pull away from the edge of the box – there’s a chance for Shoretire to pounce but he’s a bit slow to the mark.

Moments later the ball is sent back into the box again, but Mellor can’t get enough on his head to turn it towards goal.

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Chance for Arsenal

Taylor-Hart finds space and shoots from a tight angle. There’s a lot of power on it as Vitek is forced to push him back to his closest position.

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yellow card

Charlie Savage enters the book as he knocks Beereth down halfway.

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Arsenal grow in the game

Arsenal have grown in the game since that goal. They have a chance to put the ball in the box after Emeran pushes Patino down the left, but United are doing well.

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