Arsenal’s first league victory at Old Trafford for 14 years can be more than a great result for Mikel Arteta’s men. It can turn out to be a defining moment for the Gunners.
The win over their Manchester rivals couldn’t have come at a better time. The Spaniard was under pressure going into the weekend due to his team’s poor results during the last four league matches.
Arsenal Stopped Manchester’s In-Form Attack
United’s attack had produced an impressive display during their Champion League 5-0 win over RB Leipzig. Most specialists were skeptical of Arsenal’s ability to defend their goal. After all, they had lost three of their previous four games and had managed to keep only one clean sheet, during the opening weekend of the season.
Arteta’s team, however, showed amazing discipline and managed to keep Manchester’s attacking duo at bay. The Spanish coach started in a 3-2-4-1 formation with two powerful players in the center of midfield.
When in possession, Arsenal played with confidence. They were patient, passed the ball well, and caused a lot of headaches to United. The team was well-balanced and produced a performance that all Gunners’ fans should be proud of.
Partey and Elneny Are Becoming a Fearsome Midfield Duo
Both Partey and Elneny displayed exemplary steeliness when their team wasn’t in possession of the ball. They took control of the midfield and dictated the tempo of the game. This boosted the confidence of their teammates who put in the effort to work and scrap and get behind the ball, all over the pitch.
The goal came in the 69th minute when French midfielder Paul Pogba needlessly dived in on Hector Bellerin who was in a position of no danger in the penalty box. The game official Mike Dean saw the foul and gave a penalty kick, which was converted into a goal by Gabonese attacker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The match against Manchester United was Arteta’s 40th game in charge and showed how far Arsenal has come since he became their manager.
It Looks Like Michael Beasley Has Signed With a New Basketball Team
Michael Beasley, who was the former No.2 overall pick, has been away from the NBA court for over two years, but it seems he will receive another opportunity to play professionally with a new team in 2021.
Michael Beasley Has Signed With Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional
Michael Beasley, who is now 32, has reportedly signed with a Puerto Rican club from the top Baloncesto Superior Nacional league called Cangrejeros de Santurce. Apparently, he’ll join J.J. Barea on the roster, who is Beasley’s former Minnesota Timberwolves teammate. The last time Michael Beasley got on a basketball court professionally was in 2019 when he played in five games with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The opportunity he gets in Puerto Rico is to get back on the court and play professionally again. since he played in five games with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2019.
The Last Time Michael Beasley Played for the NBA Was During the 2018-19 Regular Season
When Michael Beasley last suited up for a match in the NBA was two years ago during the 2018-19 regular season. He was a part of an underperforming LA Lakers team and played in 26 games that year. Beasley averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds with around ten minutes per contest. He arrived in the NBA back in 2008 when the Miami Heat picked him out of Kansas State. Back then, he was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. He lasted two years with the organization before a deal was reached with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This happened during the 2010 offseason and was a move to clear cap space for the free-agent signings of stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Beasley’s best individual basketball probably came when he was in Minnesota. However, during those times, he seemed unable to find his footing and started dealing with off-court issues. After that, he bounced around the league for a while and ended up having stints with teams like the Phoenix Suns, the Heat, the Houston Rockets, the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, and the Lakers.
Beasley nearly got an opportunity to become a substitute player for the Brooklyn Nets for the NBA’s Bubble in the 2019-2020 season. However, he had his contract voided due to health issues. For some eleven NBA seasons, Michael Beasley has appeared in a total of 609 games, averaging 4.7 rebounds and 12.4 points.
While Beasley never managed to live up to the expectations that came with his No. 2 overall pick status and his NBA days are pretty much over, he has a good opportunity to prolong his professional career with his new team in Puerto Rico.