David De Gea declares he felt unstoppable against Arsenal in 3-1 victory


David De Gea was named as Manchester United’s Man of the Match for his performance in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday evening. The player has stated that he felt unstoppable in the match, making 14 saves, which is the joint highest in a single match since Opta started recording statistics in the 2003/04 season. United manager Jose Mourinho had already stated that he told De Gea that after what he saw, he was the best goalkeeper in the world, which is a great plaudit to receive from the Portuguese manager, who said:

“I told him after the match that what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world. Big matches need goalkeepers to be there for you, when the team needs them, but I think [from] all of our players, the effort was magnificent.”

It may have been Antonio Valencia’s strike in the fourth minute and the brace by Jesse Lingard which won the match, but it was De Gea’s brilliance which contributed to the victory with the 14 saves and two catches. It shows that the Spanish number one is playing at the top level in European football, doing what he needed to do to ensure his side got the victory in the match. Performances like this should be clean sheets byt De Gea conceded in the 49th minute with Alexandre Lacazette finding the back of the net. De Gea was asked by MUTV is he felt unstoppable, saying:

“Sometimes, you just start a game with a really good save, with a good feeling, you feel that [unbeatable] but we started the game really well, we scored two important goals and it’s true that we lost a bit of a control of the game after, but it was a good performance.”

United were leading 2-1 when De Gea made a fine double save to deny Lacazette from the equaliser with his low effort, then Alexis Sanchez coming in on the rebound try and score Arsenal’s second goal of the game, the Spaniard thwarting both attempts. De Gea was asked by MUTV which of his saves was his favourite and there certainly was a few which the player could pick from, saying:

“Probably the double save when we were winning 2-1 [in the second half].

“I think that was the most important save but, like I said, the full team defended very well and fought for the three points.”

De Gea even had to react quickly to make a save from United teammate Romelu Lukaku after he turned Sanchez’s free-kick towards goal after the ball hit the leg of the Belgian, who was under ressure by Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka. When asked about the save by MUTV, De Gea joked:

“Yes, he nearly scored an own goal! But I saved that ball and after that, I think he did a really good job.”

United threatened Arsenal throughout the game, scoring the two early goals and getting the third to earn the victory, even seeking luck go the other way with other attempts on goal, which could have changed the scoreline dramatically. The red card for Paul Pogba was the only real negative of the match, even taking into account Lacazette’s goal,=. De Gea felt that United were solid in their performance after being reduced to ten-men, saying:

“We probably defended better after Paul was sent off. We defended very well, I don’t think they created many chances after that, so the three points stayed with us. It was a brilliant performance from the team, defensively and on the counter attack we killed them, so we’re really happy with the three points.”

After securing the 3-1 victory over Arsenal, it became the first time United had registered four successive Premier League victories this season, previously stretching to three wins and a draw, then three more wins and a draw, before their first defeat of the season. United beat Spurs before their second defeat of the season, playing four league matches since; Newcastle United, a 4-1 victory, Brighton and Hove Albion, a 1-0 victory, Watford, a 4-2 victory and the victory over Arsenal.

United now have to overcome CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford to cement their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, followed by the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in a week’s time, aiming to beat Manchester City. United have only played their first of nine matches this month, with Bournemouth coming to Old Trafford after the derby, a trip to West Bromwich Albion following, then the Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City then Leicester City away the day before Christmas eve, Burnley away on Boxing Day then Southampton at home to end 2017.

Speaking about the next two matches, De Gea, speaking about the toughness of the matches, the teams confidence, scoring many goals and looking ahead to the next game, said:

“We’re really happy. I think they were both very tough games away from home so we now have confidence to play the last Champions League group game and after that, the derby. We’re really confident now, we score many goals and this is the key as we look forward to the next game.”

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