£105m Rice The Arsenal-Man United difference-maker

It wasn't for his goal scoring, but the £105 million man has made it a personal mission to enhance his end product, 

Sunday's 3-1 win over Manchester United was a great start.

Rice's first Gunners goal came in the sixth minute of added time, sneaking a deflected ball inside André Onana's near post to trigger Emirates Stadium jubilation.

After Martin Odegaard cancelled out Marcus Rashford's first-half opening for United, 

substitute Alejandro Garnacho was denied the winning goal by a minor but valid VAR ruling for offside in the 88th minute.

Rice changed the game in Arsenal's favor before Gabriel Jesus added a third in additional time to trigger title-run celebrations, not early September.

Arsenal are sometimes criticized for overcelebrating, but this is easy. 

Of course, an old opponent makes winning sweeter, but more pressing is keeping up with Manchester City, an insane assumption considering the Premier League season's four games.

Arsenal reached 50 points at halftime last season and lost the title, but City have raised the bar so much that the margin for error is smaller than ever. 

 Entering the first international break with 10 points from a possible 12 -- two behind City -- boosts Arsenal's confidence.


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