Arsenal beats Man United 2-0 for first win under Arteta

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos, left, celebrates with teammate Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac, right, after scoring their side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal manager Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United secured by first-half goals from Nicolas Pépé and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Pépé swept in the opener in the eighth minute and Sokratis grabbed the second in the 42nd after United goalkeeper David De Gea parried Alexandre Lacazette’s header.

After collecting one point from his first two games since replacing Unai Emery, Arteta secured Arsenal’s first win at home in the league in three months.

While Arsenal climbed to 10th in the standings, United missed a chance to close in on the Champions League places. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side instead fell five points behind Chelsea after the fourth-place club was held to a draw by Brighton.