Manchester United were remorseless in their 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s side made Arsenal pay for their mishaps at the back which led to two clinical first-half finishes from Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard.
Alexandre Lacazette made a miraculous recovery to start the game and it was the Frenchman who gave the Gunners hope five minutes after half-time. The top scorer smashed home Aaron Ramsey’s lay off from six yards out.
Arsene Wenger’s side created chance after chance, but the ball seemingly repelled the back of the net. And when Paul Pogba shrugged off Laurent Koscielny to tee up Lingard for his second, the game appeared to be over.
Pogba did see red 15 minutes from time for a stamp on Hector Bellerin to give Arsenal fans hope. However, Mourinho’s side then shut up shop to see the game out.
It just wasn’t Arsenal’s night.
Take a look at THREE things we learned from the game…
GUNNERS FRIENDLY FIRE
Arsenal really shot themselves in the foot with sloppy defending to hand Manchester United their goals.
Laurent Koscielny’s misplaced ball was pounced on for the first, while Shkodran Mustafi was robbed for United’s second. In the second half, Koscielny went touch-tight to Paul Pogba, who duly made his compatriot look silly before teeing up Jesse Lingard for the visitor’s third.
DE GEA SHINES
It should be noted that Arsenal were impressive throughout the game – and if not for the masterclass performance of David De Gea, Wenger’s side would be three points better off.
However, 33 shots and over 70% possession in a game dominated by the north Londoners was not enough.
A LONG WAY OFF
Arsenal are now 15 points adrift of Manchester City who lead the way at the top. We’re only on matchday 13 and Arsene Wenger’s side are well and truly out of the title race.
The Gunners have appointed Sven Mislintat as cheif scout and Gooners are already saying their bedtime prayers in the hope that the German can work his magic in the January window.