With Chelsea all but out of the title race already, Arsenal v Manchester United today was perhaps the first big, early title clash of the season. Despite Arsenal’s blistering start to the game that they went on to win at a canter, this won’t tell us if either side can win the league, but it does show us some important things about two contenders who didn’t make the grade last season.
Manchester Untied came into this game trying to wrestle back top spot from Manchester City but ended up losing another spot and sliding down to third as they were humbled by Arsenal.
In the end, Manchester United were blown away and couldn’t get into the game afterwards. It was over after 20 minutes. We don’t know who will win the league, but we have had some questions answered
A great reaction and statement. #AFC
— R.A (@_ManOfProgress) October 4, 2015
For years of talking about being title candidates, Arsenal always came up short on the big occasion. Heavy defeats away to title rivals were a regular thing – losing big against Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United over the years – but they seem to be a thing of the past. Last January, Arsenal stifled Manchester City at the Etihad and now they’ve beaten Manchester United by simply blowing them to smithereens – it was reminiscent of how they dispatched of Liverpool in April. The blip was the defeat against Chelsea, but with only nine men on the pitch, it would’ve taken an almighty effort to win that game.
Arsenal are back!
Alexis Sanchez is a sensational footballer. Blindingly obvious tweet!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 4, 2015
You wouldn’t know it from their Champions League performances, but Arsenal are a very good team. They hit five away at Leicester last week, and Alexis Sanchez once again proved that he’s back to form by scoring twice today after his hat trick last weekend.
They were devastating on the break, and they’d have fancied beating anyone today.
Bit embarrassing that… Day to forget!! Finish a game with 3 of the back 4 being blind, Valencia and Young then you get what you deserve
— Den Hampton (@DenHampton) October 4, 2015
In a big clash away to one of your title rivals, the last thing you want is to be forced to play two attacking midfielders at full back. After all the money United have spent since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as manager, United are still short at the back, and they looked short in the midfield today, too. With Carrick and Schweinsteiger chasing shadows for the entirety of the first half, Arsenal found it too easy.
Surely they can’t think they can win the league with their midfield playing like that?