Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd
Even though both sides were doing poorly in the League so far, Arsenal versus Manchester United was still highly anticipated around the country. And for good reason.
Arsenal started very much on top, with United showcasing an extremely weak defence.
But instead of capitalizing, Arsenal only wanted to make a fool of themselves. Welbeck missed two good chances, before Wilshere missed an absolute sitter yards from goal. It was awful to watch.
The same culprits, Wilshere and Welbeck, were also guilty of some ridiculously tame shots on goal from outside the box. De Gea must have thanked them for the pass back. They were both embarrassing us, to be honest.
As th half came to an end, Arsenal weren’t improving. Welbeck was having an absolute stinker, and United were likely feeling elated that they didn’t concede after playing possibly their worst forty-five minutes of the season. Like I said, it was embarrassing.
“Arsenal committed the same defensive crime again to try and get back into the game, pushing everybody forward at the expense of the back line…”
The second half contained more of the same. Arsenal weren’t clicking, and when an injured Wilshere was replaced by a hapless Cazorla things only got worse.
Welbeck continued sleeping, but United grew into the game. Typically, their goal came in the fifty-sixth minute after Gibbs collided with Szczesney, before Di Maria’s shot hit Kieran before flying into the net.
Arsenal committed the same defensive crime again to try to get back into the game, pushing everybody forward at the expense of the back line.
“The only good moment coming from Olivier Giroud, who returned to smash home a wonder strike into the top corner.”
As a result, a United counter attack soon sound itself up against Monreal - and nobody else. Rooney ran forth, and chipped Martinez, who replaced an injured Szczesney. Again, typical.
The rest of the game was just as pathetic for Arsenal with the only good moment coming from Olivier Giroud, who returned to smash home a wonder strike into the top corner. But it wasn’t enough. Arsenal and their awful tactics were defeated.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Gibbs collided with him for the first goal, after which he went off.
Defended well when he needed to, and tried to make an impact going forward.
Tried to get on the end of corners, and defended well too. Our goals went in because of bad tactics, not individual defenders.
Didn’t do anything wrong at the back, and tried to bring the ball forward. Again, I don’t blame Monreal. He was just a victom of awful Wenger tactics. I can’t believe he was left to face a counter attack completely alone, leading to Rooney’s winner.
Did Szcesney shout for the cross which made Gibbs run into him? Who knows. The own goal could have happened to anybody, but Gibbs REALLY let himself down today further up the field. Poor touches and a lack of confidence in the final third. Simply not good enough.
Showed glimpses of his former self today, but nothing to write home about. Worryingly bad form now.
Did well at times, actually. He broke up attacks well and got things restarted again when he won the ball back.
Missed a sitter, had another “shot” saved (it was a pass to De Gea), and showed a very poor touch in a build-up which led to him getting his ankle twisted. Poor performance, he’s not a number 10.
The Ox: [7.5/10] - MOTM
Our brightest spark today. Weaving runs and good crosses, but nobody to finish them off. Worked like a horse from start to finish.
Wasn’t as effective as we’ve come to expect, but he still worked his socks off and made himself a threat. Couldn’t be the difference today.
Maybe Van Gaal was right. Danny hasnt been of any value since the Galatasaray game, and today he was probably at this worst. He missed golden chances, showed a lack of desire and got pocketed by McNair. Who the hell is McNair?
A cowardly player who brings nothing but weakness to the team. Hopefully we can shift him in January.
Showed great attitude when he came on, and smashed home a brilliant goal into the top corner. Showed more passion in fifteen minutes that Arsenal did all game.
Pathetic & Embarrassing
Enough of this crap already.
United played for the first thirty minutes with a Sunday League defence, and Welbeck, Wilshere and Co were too poor to grab a goal. We should have been three up at half time, and that’s the truth.
Welbeck was ridiculously bad, and Wilshere proved once again that he isn’t a number ten.
Then, once Welbeck and Wilshere were done being useless, Wenger’s defensive tactics stepped in to finish the job. After United scored, Arsenal went searching for an equalizer - with ten bloody men. Monreal, an out of position left back, was left back to defend. Is this some sort of sick, twisted joke?
Arsenal only have themselves to blame. Arsene only has himself to blame. What an embarrassment. What a bloody embarrassment.