Arsenal silenced their doubters with a brilliant win against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Gunners dominated the first half and were very disciplined to see out the game after we took the lead in the 69th minute.
The win is a massive boost for us. It wasn’t a lucky victory, it was fully deserved. Mikel Arteta got his tactics spot on, and every player he picked for the game repaid the faith with excellent individual performances.
Six stats from Arsenal’s brilliant win at Old Trafford
The defence we’ve all been waiting for:
The clean sheet against Manchester United means Arsenal have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season. We have conceded just seven goals in seven games – a fantastic record.
This is further proof that Arsenal have improved tremendously under Arteta. In the 40 games we have played under our Spanish boss, we have either kept a clean sheet or conceded just one goal in 31 of those games.
Our defensive organisation makes it extremely difficult for teams to break us down – something we have lacked for years.
The curse against Manchester United is over:
Arsenal hadn’t won a league game at Old Trafford for 14 long years. We have come close on multiple occasions in the past, but we always failed to get over the line for one reason or another.
Thankfully, that run is now over. The win yesterday means that we are unbeaten against the Red Devils in our last five games in all competitions. They have failed to keep a clean sheet against us in our last 13 league meetings. It is fair to say, the curse is now broken.
Mikel Arteta’s magic:
Our manager has faced Manchester United twice so far and we have won both games. Arsenal haven’t conceded a single goal in those two fixtures as well, which is a real plus.
Arteta is also the first Arsenal manager since Billy Wright in 1963 to win his first two games against Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done an impressive job at Old Trafford, but our manager has shown that he is head and shoulders above his counterpart up north.
There were a few moans among fans when Mohamed Elneny started alongside Thomas Partey yesterday. The Egyptian is viewed by many as a squad player, and starting him in a big game was viewed as a strange move.
However, Elneny and Partey complimented each other brilliantly. The former Basel man made three interceptions and recovered the ball on five occasions. He energy was outstanding and the way he pressed the opposition, even in the 91st minute, won fans’ hearts.
Partey was undoubtedly the man of the match. The Ghanaian recovered the ball 11 times, won 10 duels, two tackles and completed two interceptions. His quality on the ball and his positioning off it was simply brilliant, and we have a real star in the middle of the park.
The signing of the summer?
Partey will take all the plaudits for his immense performance at Old Trafford yesterday, but Gabriel Magalhaes was fantastic as well. The Brazilian, still only 22, barely put a foot wrong in the entire game.
Gabriel maintained a stunning 92% passing accuracy, won five tackles, made an interception, four clearances, blocked a shot and dominated Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood at the back.
Partey was our marquee signing this summer and he will be hailed by many as our best signing, However, the way Gabriel has settled into the Premier League is simply astounding, and he might well prove to be a better signing than the Atletico Madrid man.
Big game player:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had gone five games without a goal in the Premier League prior to the game at Old Trafford. That was his worst ever run in an Arsenal shirt, and it attracted some criticism from rival fans.
The Gabon star shut them up in style. The pressure on his shoulders was high considering his own form as well as Arsenal’s barren run against Manchester United. Auba made it look easy and won us the game.
Our skipper has now scored four goals in five games against the Red Devils. He has now scored against all the big teams in England, and hopefully, that goal will put an end to his short barren run.