“We looked like we were getting better in our attack and defensively we were more cohesive”.
Arsenal responded to their mid week UEFA Champions League home defeat to Olympiacos in emphatic fashion beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Emirate on Sunday, October 4.
United, top for a week without convincing and seldom entertaining, looked like the top four also-rans many predicted they would be on the eve of the season and the shortcomings resurfaced: a makeshift centre-back, an impotent forward and a dubious formation contributed to Arsenal’s stroll in the unseasonable sunshine.
Le Professeur, as he is famously known by his players and fans, is in his 19th year in charge of the North London club and he is now the longest-serving manager in the English game. The former Chelsea goalkeeper was a calming influence throughout and made excellent saves to deny Anthony Martial and Bastian Schweinsteiger as United tried to find a way back into the game. “We are disappointed with the goal we conceded”. With the United defense out of sorts, Walcott sliced up the back line with a pass in to Ozil, and he buried the chance into the bottom corner for a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes. This win shoots Arsenal into second place, two points behind leads Manchester City.
Arsenal come into this game off the back of a midweek loss to Olympiakos and have now lost three of their last five games in all competitions.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal reeled off a stunning 3-0 defeat of Manchester United that sent Arsene Wenger’s side up to second in the Premier League.
With two matches against Group F leaders Bayern Munich up next, Arsenal face a tough challenge to make it to the knockout stages, yet Wenger has stressed they should not be written off just yet. That 25 minute period, no one could have dealt with us. “It was a few of the best football I’ve ever been involved with”. “They got dismantled in that first half and the two full-backs got exposed against very, very good Arsenal play“.
“Overall, it was a convincing performance and a strong and united response to Tuesday night”. We have to put it all in perspective and focus on what is important – it’s us and not too much on what was said.
“To win in a big game is always a statement”, Wenger said.
“I didn’t expect that”, the Dutchman told MUTV.
“I have won a lot of titles and I want to do that in different countries”, said Van Gaal, whose side beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday to register a fourth successive victory.
Andre Ayew headed the Welsh side in front before Denmark playmaker Eriksen’s first equaliser.