By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made a few changes. Some forced other not. Theo Walcott comes on for the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain. At the back Gabriel comes in for Mertesacker who sat in the bench.
Up front we had Welbeck who came on and Giroud dropped to the bench.
Also on the bench we had Iwobi and Elneny.
Startin team : Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Alexis, Ozil, Walcott, Welbeck.
On the bench: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Elneny, Campbell, Iwobi, Giroud.
The first real chance for Arsenal when Özil plays an excellent pass to Monreal who is one on one with De Gea. Monreal his shot was straight at De Gea. What a big chance alas Monral couldn’t do what he did last season and open the score at Old Trafford. Varela drags Alexis down and rightfully gets a yellow card. Rashford with a dive outside the penalty area but the ref gives a free kick and not the penalty that Manchester United wanted. Should have been a foul for Arsenal and a yellow card against Rashford. Memphis with the free kick but Cech saved. No score after 15 minutes.
Monreal with good cross but a United defender first on the ball and Alexis fires the rebound wide. Carrick with a late tackle on Welbeck also goes in the book. Alexis offside after the free kick so nothings comes from it. Welbeck goes down but Carrick played the ball so no penalty for Arsenal. And as so many times before at Old Trafford with the first possible chance United score. Walcott losing the ball in the midlle of th efield, a cross from the right, Gabriel couldn’t really kick it away and the ball fell kindly for Rashford who beat Cech. 1-0 for United after 29 minutes.
To make things worse only two minutes later a cross from Lingard and Rashord heads it past Cech. 2-0 for United after 32 minutes. Arsenal couldn’t get their passing going. Too slow in the build up giving United time to regroup at the back and when they tried to play faster the accuracy went completely. A foul on Alexis in midfield, Özil with the free kick and Welbeck with the header! GOAL! 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Another free kick in the last minute but the wall and a block only resulting in a corner. Another corner and Rashford clears the ball off the line with his arm. That should have been a penalty and a red card against Rashford and United. At half time United 2-1 in front.
Rashford goes down holding his groin in the first minutes of the second half. Arsenal monopolising the ball in the opening minutes of the second half. Rojo just in front of Ramsey clearing the ball. Coquelin at the other end with an important block after a free kick for Manchester United. Arsenal with most of the ball but no real danger in the United penalty area. Still 2-1 behind after 60 minutes.
The passing really not up to the Arsenal standard on many occasions. Walcott goes off and Giroud comes on after 62 minutes. Rashford with a possible counter and he lays it in front of Herreira who shoots past Cech from outside the penalty area as the ball bounces off the chest of Koscielny in the Arsenal goal. 3-1 for United after 65 minutes.
United much quicker on the ball and too many Arsenal players completely not in form. Arsenal with an attack Alexis with a cross from the right, Welbeck against De Gea and Özil with the rebound. GOAL! 3-2 after 69 minutes. Elneny comes on for Coquelin.
Ramsey reacts after being fouled and pushes Herreire away who also gets a yellow card as he put his hand against the face of Ramsey. Elneny also goes in the book for a scissor tackle. Arsenal still 3-2 behind after 75 minutes.
Giroud heads over after an Alexis cross. Welbeck goes off and Iwobi comes on after 82 minutes. Özil with a free kick but the header of Kos has no power. An 1-2 between Ramsey and Alexis is goes wrong and De Gea can pick up the ball. Özil gets a yellow card for a push in the extra time. Januzay also in the book for an arm in the face.
A poor performance from Arsenal in this match. We should have been in front in the first 15 minutes but we missed a big chance. United didn’t miss their chances and that was the difference. We played too slow and couldn’t really make the difference. A bit unlucky with the 3rd goal but that is football of course.
The only good thing is that we at least scored 2 goals but overall a very disappointing performance from the whole team that played under par.