If Arsenal fans craved something different more than anything else then they certainly got that at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

It has been a long time since Arsenal left Manchester feeling disappointed that they only collected a point. All too often they returned home with nothing other than a new humiliation to process.

But that wasn’t the case on Wednesday night.

Here are a few other things that stood out during and after the game…

2Andre Marriner makes Mike Dean look good

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Matteo Darmian of Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal speaks to referee Andre Marriner during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Matteo Darmian of Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal speaks to referee Andre Marriner during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Although we all know what Mike Dean is capable off, you never get the feeling that a player’s safety is at risk during a game.

Sure, he’ll make inexplicable calls, but he doesn’t let dangerous tackles go unchecked because he knows that those sort of incidents only tend to escalate until someone has to leave the pitch with a serious injury.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Referee Mike Dean looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Referee Mike Dean looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Andre Marriner seems to have no such concerns.

It might be an idea for someone to track serious injuries in games alongside which referees were in charge, to see if there is a connection.

I’d be surprised if there wasn’t.

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