Coach Jose Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku from his starting XI for the fixture, having recently bemoaned the lack of "mad dogs" in his team. Jesse Lingard secured a 2-2 draw just 75 seconds after a Marcos Rojo own goal put Arsenal back into the lead.
"Sunday's north London derby was the flawless script for Arsenal, where they started well, found themselves 2-1 down but came back with a massive bang", Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
The Gunners are unbeaten in 19 games and the Spaniard has given them some backbone once again; United are in poor form and suffering from a bout of defensive injuries. Arsenal take the lead!More news: Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India
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"For example, last season it was Arsenal and Chelsea, and this season two of these six are going to stay outside".
The Gunners nearly won it during the closing stages when Lucas Torreira was denied by De Gea, but a draw was a fair result as Arsenal extended their long unbeaten run and United were made to wait for another win in the top flight. To make matters worse, Manchester United are now plagued with a multitude of injuries across various departments on the pitch, ironically so after Mourinho had exclaimed about having a full-strength squad at his disposal a few weeks ago.
Isco is in the prime of his career and he could slot into any of the attacking midfield positions, or even play deeper as a central midfielder. It's a Premier League start for right-back Diogo Dalot, defender Eric Bailey starts for the first time in two months. I wonder if Arsenal will offer him a new contract?
"I didn't think Alexis Sanchez's style of play would suit United, he's a free spirit and you have to know how to deal with him", he said. If United were to lose to Arsenal, they would be 11 points behind the Gunners after just 15 league games played.