Football Report: Arsenal end United’s 25-match unbeaten run…

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Granit Xhaka’s shot was helped in off the back of Manchester United’s Ander Herrera (Photo credit: Getty Images)

It was a largely uneventful first half at The Emirates, however Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a deflected shot from distance on 54 minutes.

The Gunners then doubled their lead three minutes later after Danny Welbeck headed home against his former club after a cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

United manager Jose Mourinho opted to introduce Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to the action in a bid to resuce the game for the visitors, but this was to no avail.

The result not only reignites The Gunners’ chase for a place in next season’s Champions League, but also ends an unwanted record for Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger against Jose Mourinho.

In the past 15 competitive meetings between the pair, Wenger has never beaten a team managed by Mourinho. Wenger’s only victory against the Portuguese manager came in the Community Shield in 2015. Mourinho has won eight times, while the other seven have ended in draws.

The result also means that Arsenal remain sixth in the Premier League table, two points behind United and six points behind Manchester City, who occupy fourth spot, although the Gunners have a game in hand over both sides.

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Eventing: Andrew Nicholson wins first ever Badminton title…

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New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson aboard Nereo at Badminton in 2015. He won his first title earlier today

It has taken 37 attempts but New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson finally has his first Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials title!

Nicholson’s debut win, at one of eventing’s most prestigious 4* competitions, comes just two years after the 55-year-old suffered a serious neck injury in a fall. He first competed in the event in 1984.

Sitting third overnight after yesterday’s tricky cross country phase, Nicholson, who was riding the 17-year-old Nereo, jumped clear incurring only one time fault – but that was enough to seal victory.

German rider Michael Jung, who had won the Kentucky three-day-event just a week earlier and was riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW, had a fence down for second place, finishing just 2.6 penalties behind Andrew.

Overnight leaders Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD had a nightmare on course, with three fences down, a stop and seven time faults, meaning the win was handed to the New Zealander and a ninth place overall finish for Klimke.

Klimke had been bidding to become the first female rider to win Badminton since Australian rider Lucinda Fredericks in 2007.

Nicholson’s fellow compatriot Tim Price finished in third place, after picking up a total of 49.2 penalties aboard Xavier Faer.

Best of the British contingent was Rosalind Canter, who finished in fifth place after a clear round in the final phase, riding her own and Caroline Moore’s 11-year-old Allstar B.

Gemma Tattersall jumped a massive 60 places after jumping a double clear on former racehorse Arctic Soul. She had finished 67th after the dressage phase.

Seasoned campaigner Tina Cook finished 10th with one of two young horses, Billy the Red, while another Kiwi, Sir Mark Todd finished in fourth and sixth with NZB Campino and Leonidas II respectively.

Japanese rider Yoshiaki Oiwa finished in eighth with 62.2 penalties aboard The Duke of Cavan – the highest ever finish for a Japanese rider at Badminton.

Looking to the future, British rider Tom McEwen and his 10-year-old horse Toledo De Kerser, which he co-owns with Jane Inns and Ali McEwen, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place.

Final standings (top 10)…
1. Andrew Nicholson (NZ) (Nereo) 41.4 pens
2. Michael Jung (Germany) (La Biosthetique Sam FBW) 44
3. Tim Price (NZ) (Xavier Faer) 49.2
4. Mark Todd (NZ) (NZB Campino) 50.4
5. Rosalind Canter (GB) (Allstar B) 54.5
6. Mark Todd (NZ) (Leonidas II) 58.1
7. Gemma Tattersall (GB) (Arctic Soul) 60.2
8. Yoshiaki Oiwa (Japan) (The Duke of Cavan) 62.2
9. Ingrid Klimke (Germany) (Horseware Hale Bob) 62.6
10. Kristina Cook (GB) (Billy the Red) 63.4

 New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson speaks to Horse & Country TV following his first ever Badminton Horse Trials title (Video courtesy of H&C Youtube channel)