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    Arsenal 3 - 0 Manchester United (Match Report)

     
    From the Emirates!!

    The boys are back in town!!

    The game started with two corners and a free-kick (all Arsenal's ) with a lot of fast Arsenal passing and movement before a fifth minute Ozil cross and a Sanchez goal, scored with a cheeky Cryuff style flick into the goal, a minute later Manchester united took centre, Arsenal got the ball and with a flick, a pass, a run and pass from Wallcott and Ozil scored a wonderful struck goal; where were United?


    by Peter Scott

    That's how this game started and then in the 19th minute, the boy Walcott begged for the ball, received it and calmly put the ball into Sanchez' path, who cut in and struck a wonderful goal beyond DeGea and into the top right hand corner of the goal. The stadium erupted and it was clear, even then, that the game was over.
    Man of the match

    By the 25th minute Arsenal had 5 registered chances on goal to United's 0. It should also be known that Manchester United have never been down by 3 goals, in the first 20mins, ever in the Premiership. The last time they were caught 3 goals down was 10 years ago.

    Arsenal defended all over pitch, in a game that was made for a Wenger team on song...against an opposition that came out to them and allowed them to play football; none of the aggression of European minnows, non of the ungentlemanly antics of Chelsea and non of the reticence of lower placed teams.

    This more mature looking Arsenal didn't look like they could put a foot wrong after the second goal; high in confidence and increased vigour Arsenal got better and better,  killing a shocked united on bright Sunday afternoon in North London.

    By the 29th minute United had both of their full backs on yellow cards which left them totally exposed to Walcott and the Arsenal counter attack.

    United held the ball for spells but with so much to do, in terms of goals, and the added threat of a Walcott counter attack, they never really attacked with conviction and constantly lost the ball in non-threatening areas.

    Arsenal being Arsenal attacked when they had the ball and nearly got a fourth, in the first half at 33mins, when Ramsey was found free in front of goal only to slice his shot wide from 5 yards.

    It was scary how well Arsenal played; player for player they were by far the better team and this was illustrated in moments like the 37th minute where Walcott made two wonderful, highly aggressive, but clean tackles in the middle of the pitch to start a move that ended seconds later in a Walcott shot; the United players could only watch.

    Manchester United almost redeemed themselves at the end of the half with two good chances the best fell to Martial who turned Mertesacker in the box then pivoted and shot into the feet of Czech, a clear chance missed, that any other day would have been a goal; lucky Arsenal...

    Second half

    Positive substitutions in Fellaini and Valencia, brought on the emergence of  a brighter United in the second half with a good shot from Young in the 48th minute and Martial moving Mertesacker around the Arsenal area creating spaces for his team-mates to attack the Arsenal goal.

    By the 55th minute United had over  75% of possession, but no significant penetration.

    Coquelin picked up his customary yellow card in the 50th minute only for Carrick to not get a card a minute later. Ozil took the resulting free kick which led to a weak corner.

    Rooney's 60th minute shot looked like the match that could ignite United's fire, as they seemed to find a second wind for a spell that lasted a period of the second half. A lot of action in the Arsenal half and an ongoing friction between the United and Arsenal players started to grow as United looked to get back into the game and Arsenal dug deep to deny them.

    Cech had a livlier half and showed why he is Arsenal's first choice keeper with a dangerous save from Schweinstiger's feet in the 67th minute. His all round play and the way he maintained calm in the defence was textbook; by the 71st minute United had more shots on target but still no goals.

    Arsenal made changes and had chances to inflict more hell on United but the game wound down for Arsenal to end the game with the points and a clean sheet to be proud of.

    Aftermath

    With the Sacking of Liverpool's Rodgers, Chelsea's inability to string results together and this victory, Arsenal find themselves in second place to Manchester City.

    Manchester United have beaten Arsenal more than any other team, do if any result gives them the confidence to push on for first place then this has to be it.

    With recent results it's very difficult to rely on Arsenal to maintain this position or even mount a real challenge for the league, but if they play like this every week then the world is theirs for the taking.

    Found his first goal
    The two catalysts of today's victory, Ozil and Sanchez, were extremely influential on the result and as such received the greatest of applauds when substituted, Wenger knows he owes this result to the pair.

    Wenger also knows that more leaders need to emerge and take hold of games for Arsenal, people like Ramsey, Giroud and Oxlaide-Chambelain, who have the ability to make Arsenal into a team that can replicate victories like this in Europe as well as consistently in the league.

    Two weeks for Arsenal to prepare for the season ahead, and for Machester United to pick themselves up...we are all in for a wonderful season!!!

    Stats:

    * Before this game Arsenal hadn't beaten Manchester United for eight (Premier League) games. 
    * Manchester United ended the game with 62% of possession to Arsenal's 38%
    * Arsenal had 12 shots, 5 on target: United had 9 shots 5 on target
    * Mertersacker and Gabriel have played together three times and won every match

    Teams:

    Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin; Mertersacker; Gabriel Paulister; Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin; Santi Cazorla; Aaron Ramsey; Mesut Ozil; Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott

    Subs: David Ospina; Kieran Gibbs (Alexis Sanchez 81); Mathieu Debuchy; Chambers; Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain (Mesut Ozil 75); Olivier Giroud (Theo Walcott 75); Joel Campbell

    Manchester United: Gavid De Gea; Chris Smalling; Matteo Darmain; Daley Blind; Bastian Schweinstiger; Michael Carrick; Memphis Depay; Juan Mata; Ashley Young; Anthony Martial; Wayne Rooney

    Subs: Sergio Romero; Paddy McNair; Morgan Schneiderlin; Phil Jones; Marouane Fellaini (Memphis Depay 46); Antonio Valencia (Matteo Darmain 46); James Wilson (Juan Mata 82)








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