A blistering opening 20 minutes from Arsenal proved just too much for Manchester United to cope with and we sailed to a convincing victory.
Arsenal started at breakneck speed, which United just couldn’t deal with.
We won a free-kick on the edge of the area and a corner within minutes, with Ozil, Alexis and Cazorla all looking sharp, zipping around the final third and moving into what appeared to be acres of space.
It didn’t take long before our incessant probing paid off and Alexis scored a stunning flick with the inside of his foot in the 6th minute after Ozil supplied a peach of a cross from the right.
Just 33 seconds later, the supplier became the goalscorer as the German received a calculated pass from Walcott and coolly rolled the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net. The goal marked Ozil’s first of the season.
Arsenal continued to press and zip the ball around tightly. United couldn’t get a foothold in the game at all with pressure from Cazorla and Ramsey in midfielder breaking any attack they attempted down immediately.
A third goal came in the 19th minute. Another Walcott assist earned Alexis his second goal of the afternoon after holding the ball up, dribbing inwards and blasting the ball into the goal.
It wasn’t all rosy though as the Gunners decided to play some risky one-touch football in our own area and a couple of stray balls drifted to the visiting team. At one point, Mertesacker turned and fell over, leaving 19-year-old Anthony Martial one-on-one with Cech. Fortunately, the experienced keeper made a terrific save with his left foot.
We continued to keep the likes of Memphis, Rooney and Mata all quiet for the remainder of the first half.
The second half was a calmer affair with United seeing a bit more of the ball. Ozil got a free-kick right in front of the area but the ball bounced back off the wall and his rebound shot got deflected for a corner, which we failed to convert.
Arsenal slowed down the pace, kept their structure and sat firmly on the three goal lead.
Despite earning the majority of the possession, the Red Devils could only draw a couple of saves off Cech in the second half from decent Rooney and Schweinsteiger efforts.
The Gunners weathered the periods of sustained pressure United put us under, with very little stress and even until the end, we looked like scoring with a chance from Giroud and the Ox hitting the bar late on.
This win was a long time coming and more than deserved.
Nice one, Arsenal.