United Leave Emirates With First Away Win As Arsenal’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse.

On 22nd November 2014 by Kieran

Manchester United moved into fourth courtesy of a Wayne Rooney goal, putting an end to Arsenal’s 23 Premier League home game win streak, in what turned out to be a miserable weekend for Arsenal fans in their worst start to a season since 1982.

Before kick-off the hopes of many Gooners were beggining to grow, Van Gaal had opted for a 3 man back line and a quicker than expected return of Olivier Giroud continued to add to the dream of having a fully fit first team.

Arsenal came out with all guns blazing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ran riot as opportunities fell to both Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere, but, the Englishmen were unable to convert. This continued for much of the first half with United still unable to come to terms with Van Gaal’s formation choices with David De Gea seeming to be the only player on form. Tempers began to grow as Arsenal could find no way past De Gea with Wilshere lucky to stay on the pitch after a feeble headbutt on Fellaini.

Arsenal began the second half as bright as the first. Welbeck threatening to the United defence and searching for a goal against his former club, but was unabe to find a way past De Gea who was having another brilliant game. Arsenal were soon punished fror their inability to convert their chances. Conceding against the run of play, a searching ball across the box from United saw Gibbs collide with Szczesny the ball falling to Valencia who’s optimistic shot was turned in off the outstretched leg of Gibbs. Questions may be asked with Fellaini appearing to be offside from the initial play pushing Gibbs causing the collision leading to the goal.

With 15 minutes left on the clock United proceeded to double their lead at the Emirates. Arsenal were caught high up the pitch in a similar situation to that of their draw at Anderlecht with only Monreal in the Arsenal half. Di Maria charged at Monreal before playing Rooney through wwho chipped Arsenal’s third choice keeper Martinex who stood no chance.

Di Maria also had his own chance to add to the scoreline but bottled under pressure when through one on one with Martinez. The only real positive came with Olivier Giroud making a return and a magnificent one at that, a left footed rifled half-volley saw the ball fly into the top left corner, although this was nothing but a consolation for a poor attacking performace.

A bad week could be followed by another, with Dortmund visiting the Emirates on Wednesday in a match which could decide whether Arsenal grab the top spot in Group D. Having maintained much of the possesion against United, completing the match with 61% possession, the next step in Arsenal’s stride may be finishing within the final third having registered a total of 23 shots, 9 of which on target and only 1 successfully beating the keeper.

Injuries to both Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny will see them left out of the team to face Borrussia Dortmund, despite their attempts to continue playing in the match.

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