Manchester United were just too hot to be handled by Arsenal at Old Trafford today, as the Red Devils went on to win the game on a 8-2 scoreline, with Rooney hitting his first hat-trick of the season in the process, but I had some pity in the end for this young Arsenal side, whereby they had no one really in their ranks to lift them up and try battle back at some point in the game, and Wenger looked the most miserable man on Earth sitting on his bench, knowing that if they continued to play like this, it will surely be relegation for them, and indeed unless they manage to sign some quality players with experience, it could well be the end of the road for the young Gunners.
Arsenal came into this match on a high note with a CL qualification victory in midweek, but it was United which started the better of the 2 teams, as first Cleverley then Welbeck gave some warning signs, and eventually, on the 21st minute, Welbeck headed the first goal following a beautiful lofted pass by Anderson, and capitalizing on the Arsenal defenders and keeper’s hesitancy. However, Arsenal got a chance to get back in the game, following a foul by Evans on Walcott in the box, but Van Persie saw De Gea save his penalty rather easily as the latter dived to his right to push it for a corner kick. It acted as a blow on the whole Arsenal team, and a booster to United, knowing that the lead was in danger of evaporating. United were fast to respond, and Young doubled the lead on the 29th minute, as he curled one in from about 25 yards out past Szczesny’s outstretched body and into his left side. United kept on the pressure, and Rooney scored the 3rd from a freekick, this time curling the ball into the right side following a foul on Young. In the meantime, Welbeck had to bid his teammates goodbye, as he limped off with a hamstring injury. Arsenal however did find the time to get one back, as Walcott’s shot went through De Gea’s legs. Promising second half in perspective it seemed.
Arsenal came out with some urgency for the first minutes of the second half, but it was United which scored again, as Rooney sent in another freekick past Szczesny on the 64th minute, and three minutes later, he was the passer as he fed Nani for the 5th, the last contribution of the latter as he was subbed shortly afterwards. Park and Young then combined minutes later, and the latter fed the ball to the former for a rasping low shot on the 7oth minute to deal a fatal 6th goal. Arsenal responded on another opportunity, this time thou I felt De Gea should have talked to Jones and come out to collect a rather harmless looking cross, but instead left Jones to try head it clear, and the ball was put back in the box for Van Persie, who made no mistake and scored. But United had not yet said their last words, as Evra won a penalty on the 81st minute, and Rooney stepped up to net his hat-trick. Young and Giggs then combined in added time, and the former sent in one of his trademark curlers past Szczesny yet again, to wrap up a brilliant win, and pile some more misery on poor Arsenal and Wenger. More work needed for De Gea thou (yes am still on with it 😛 ), as he still does not look confident with aerial balls, and mostly when his defenders are around him, he needs to shout instructions to them, and also take initiatives when needed to come out and collect crosses.
It seems that the battle of Manchester is already on, as earlier, Man City easily saw off Tottenham at Whitehart Lane, 1-5 in City’s favour, with Dzeko netting 4 himself in that game, while Nasri provided 3 assists for his first match with his new team. United and City are already on 9 points, and it seems that Mancini’s men are up for the task this time as they seek to cause a major upset and try win the league, although it is only 3 games played for now, but City are also entertaining like United in their games, and they have become a major force in the quest for the title.