The Emirates lit up on the first day of the new decade with Arsenal thumping Manchester United to a 2-0 loss with an electrifying performance. The gunners were firing on all fronts as they completely dominated United in the first half and showing excellent character in the second half to secure their lead.
WHO TURNED UP FOR ARSENAL
Every single one of Mikel Arteta’s players were at their paces with Nicolas Pepe and Torreira among the star performers. The Ivory Coast winger was heavily criticized for his poor displays since his joining in summer but he proved his worth with a goal, a corner that eventually resulted in a goal and giving Luke Shaw a night to forget about. Ozil also seemed his comfortable best playing in this new system with David Luiz and Posthopopuolos schooling the United front line. The Gunners treated the rejoiced Emirates faithful with slick and quick passing, excellent pressing and an overall dynamic team effort.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR UNITED?
The recent fear around the red devils once again sprung true where the whole United team did the disappearing act once again. The inconsistency factor that has haunted the dressing room so far, was again on display. The players were lethargic and out of ideas with Dea Gea and the backline incapable of dealing with the Arsenal press. The front line was also outplayed with United failing to register a single shot on target in the first half after Marcus Rashford’s early long range effort in the first minute of the game. United intensified their game going forward but were unable to break down the motivated Arsenal defence.
WHERE DO WE GO FORM HERE?
United have a tough month ahead of them with their FA Cup third round against Wolves on Saturday before hosting Manchester City at Old Trafford for their League Cup Semi Final first leg. They also face Liverpool and City again at the end of the month.
Arsenal have a relatively easier January with the exception of their league match against Chelsea on the 22nd.