This Was As Bad As It’s Ever Been From Arsenal
Throwing away this game after starting so, so far on top it was almost untrue is surely as bad as as it’s ever been for Arsenal, who were staggeringly poor in the second half here.
How they weren’t one or two goals ahead in the opening half an hour only they know, and they then proceeded to allow a United team in transition to establish themselves in a game which they then went on to win.
Indeed, by the end you’d have thought that it was the Gunners who were the team with a new manager and a host of new players, not one whose boss has been at the helm for 18 years. How can that be allowed to happen?
This Could Be A Turning Point For United
A first away win of the season, and one which featured a first away goal for Wayne Rooney for eight months. In a campaign which has featured embarrassing losses to the MK Dons and Leicester City and draws at Sunderland and Burnley, this is as good a place to declare a turning point as any.
A turning point to what, though? A title challenge is probably beyond this United side, but given the frailties of others a top four finish certainly isn’t.
David De Gea Could Win Player Of The Year
Let’s say that a title challenge does happen, though, and United stay up near the top few places in the table for the majority of the season.
If they do, then goalkeeper David De Gea will of course be a key element of that, and whilst Arsenal were a little generous to him here – always seemingly shooting straight at him until Olivier Giroud’s late cracker – he was again excellent. There isn’t a better goalkeeper in the Premier League and there are few better in the world.
Player of the Year? Don’t dismiss the notion too quickly.
There’s A Reason Why Jack Wilshere Keeps Moving Further Back
This week has provided conclusive evidence of just what Jack Wilshere is good at and just what he is bad at.
At Celtic Park in midweek, Wilshere’s brilliant long pass created a goal for his Arsenal teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whilst the pair wore the white of England, but here he twice passed up glaring opportunities to garnish Arsenal’s early domination with a goal.
The second miss in particular was an horrendous one, and it underlined the reason that Wilshere is better when playing from deep, and not utilised as some sort of all-round midfielder that everyone seems to want him to be. He’s simply not good enough for that.
And He Needs To Sort Out His Temper Too
In addition, we also saw the hilarious moment when Wilshere was saved from a red card by being too small to headbutt the giant Marouane Fellaini.
That of course shouldn’t have been a reason for him not to be given one, and Wilshere – perhaps frustrated from his earlier miss – simply can’t afford to be doing such things if he wants to be seen as a key player for club and country. It’s time to grow up, basically. The injury won’t help though.