Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2

A slaughter of the innocent, a total capitulation, a shower of a performance. Sometimes you have to be brutally honest about your team’s performance, and at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsenal were absolutely awful, and that is unacceptable. True there were several mitigating factors in the demise of Arsenal, but the board will not get any mention. Instead, Arsene Wenger will come further under the microscope and in particular after urges from all corners to shore up his defence, his transfer policy.

You feel humiliated. We have no resources anymore. What is important is that we keep united. We had eight players out today and any one would suffer with that ” – Arsene Wenger

Lament departures

Devoid of the suspended Gervinho, Alex Song and the improving Emmanuel Frimpong, Arsenal fell apart. Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were always wanting away, and rather than get in effective replacements,Wenger dithered in the summer in the hope of holding onto his key players, a policy that proved to be hopelessly flawed Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young’s double, Nani, J-S-Park and a Wayne Rooney hat-trick buried the Gunners who could only muster replies through TheoWalcott and Robin Van Persie.

Merson anger

The Arsenal captain missed a penalty with the score still at 1-0 and how it came to cost Arsene Wenger’s side. For the third consecutive Premiership game Arsenal were reduced to ten men when a ragged Carl Jenkinson was shown his second yellow for a foul on Javier Hernandez. ” Not good enough! You have to have a plan B. A League 2 side could come here next week and defend better than that,” observed a dejected Arsenal legend Paul Merson, who lamented that the Gunners tactics just don’t allow this side to go out to contain and hold, and that is all from the manager. You have a go, we’ll have a go seems to be the philosophy, but with this depleted Arsenal side United just kept on coming to rip the visiting team apart.

Dithered

It was too easy for United who got time and space behind a defence who did not show any signs of communication or awareness for that matter. Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny dithered as the in form Wellbeck stole in to head in mid way through the first half. Four minutes later, Arsenal were thrown a lifeline. Jonny Evans felled Walcott, but Van Persie horribly scuffed the resultant penalty as the under fire David De Gea dived well to his right.

Young curler

Just shy of the half hour mark,Young stepped inside Francis Coquelin to curl past Wojciech Szczesny to make it 2-0.De Gea then produced a fine double save to keep United on top. Rooney curled in a free kick for 3-0 just prior to the break, but in time added on Rosicky fed Walcott who beat De Gea for the first Arsenal goal by an Englishman against United since Tony Adams. What would he have made of this performance?

Djourou worry

United were ruthless and went for the exposed Arsenal jugular. The Gunners however had two gilt edged chances, but Van Persie saw his volley well saved by De Gea and Andrey Arshavin pulled his shot horribly wide when well clear. Djourou’s form is another worry and when he fouled Rooney, the England marksman hit the resultant free-kick with the beaten Szczesny rooted to the spot on 63 minutes for 4-1. Four minutes later a truly shell shocked Arsenal conceded a fifth, when Nani chipped the exposed Szczesny, who like the rest of us was
wondering where his defence was. Park came on after 68 minutes and two minutes later he rammed his customary goal past the Gunners for 6-1.

Flawed board

Jenskinson’s run on the right crafted a Van Persie volley to make it 6-2 on 74 minutes. Two minutes later, the young Arsenal defender received his marching orders for a second yellow after he impeded Javier Hernandez. Walcott now at right back was always a disaster waiting to happen, and so it proved. The Arsenal 14 tripped Patrice Evra and Rooney placed his penalty past Szczesny for 7-2. Second half time added on saw Young curl another screamer past Szczesny, leaving Arsenal totally bereft of leadership,quality, ideas and fight. The Arsenal board have to take the blame, and realise that this is not just a business. Now will Wenger make some defensive signings?