Unai Emery hailed Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno his side’s saviour following their 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners took an early lead through Granit Xhaka at the Emirates, after the midfielder’s long-range shot swerved in front of Red Devils shot-stopper David De Gea before hitting the back of the net.
From there Arsenal defended well and hit Manchester United on the counter, with Leno pulling off some sensational saves to retain his side’s lead.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the Gunners’ advantage from the penalty spot in the second half as the north London side leapfrogged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the Premier League.
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After the match Gunners boss Emery hailed the entire team’s performance but reserved special praise for Leno.
“I’m very proud of our players. They gave all they could against the best team at this moment,” said the Spaniard.
“We were playing very competitive for 90 minutes and I think we deserved this victory. We can be happy today.
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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.
“Our goalkeeper is very important and sometimes the goalkeeper can save us and today I’m very proud of his work.”