Arsenal went to Old Trafford today hoping to end a 10 year wait for a Premier League win away at Old Trafford and we had a great chance to do so against a Manchester United side weakened significantly by the absence of key players like Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Smalling and Fellaini.
Once again, however, Arsenal did not turn up and made a por United side look like world beaters as we gave them all the space and time they needed to settle into and then dominate the game, while offering very little ourselves in terms of attacking threat and creative football.
It really does seem to be a mental block for us and it was almost a carbon copy of the awful performance we produced at OLd Trafford last season. Even with all this it was looking as though we would get at least a point as our defence and Petr Cech were the strongest part of our side but they were eventually breached in the second half as the relentless pressure paid off for the home team and Juan Mata swept home a cross from the right.
THe fightback never looked like materialising even though Wenger turned to Giroud and the Ox but the big Frenchman eventually popped up and launched himself through the air to power home a cross from the Ox. Maybe we did not deserve it but it was a very welcome point on the day.