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Wenger finally ends Mourinho hoodoo after Arsenal beat Man Utd in the Premier League

17:53 BST 07/05/2017
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Goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck secured a belated victory for the Frenchman to keep his team in the hunt for a top-four finish

After almost 13 years, Arsene Wenger finally got the better of Jose Mourinho in the Premier League after Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

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Wenger had endured countless frustration in his previous battles with his Portuguese nemesis, but goals from Granit Xhaka and former United striker Danny Welbeck ended his hoodoo against Mourinho.

In 12 previous Premier League games against Mourinho the Arsenal boss had been unable to mastermind a victory, suffering five defeats and picking up seven draws.

The closest Wenger had previously come to beating Mourinho was in December 2006 when Michael Essien scored an 84th minute equaliser for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho also inflicted a 6-0 mauling on Wenger during his second spell as Chelsea manager in March 2014 before he took over as United boss in the summer of 2016.

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Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute goal spared Wenger defeat against his old foe at Old Trafford earlier this season before he finally had cause to celebrate a win in a key game in the race for Champions League qualification.

Xhaka’s deflected strike on 54 minutes broke the deadlock and, just three minutes later, the unmarked Welbeck headed home to breathe life into Arsenal’s quest to finish in the top four.

In addition to getting one over Mourinho for the first time, Wenger’s side’s victory also ended United’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.