Arsenal stroll to three point win as Man United suffer

Arsenal have put in an impressive performance to leave Old Trafford with all three points this evening, with Manchester United having been second best since kick-off.

Arsenal started the match on top, and while we were not able to turn that advantage into a goal in the opening half, the signs were very much positive.

Willian had launched a shot off the crossbar, while both Aubameyang and Saka were getting in behind the defence and causing damage.

After last week’s result, following a similar dominant first-half display, you could have been forgiven for thinking the worst was yet to come, but the second-half was very much the same as the first.

Our team continued to dominate despite playing in United’s own backyard, but it took a penalty decision to change the game.

Aubameyang stepped up and made no mistake in sending David de Gea the wrong way, and with the lead, our manager opted to try and see out the result, bringing on two defenders for forwards in order to close out the game.

We soaked up plenty of pressure, and were deserving of all three points, and we can now put the negativity behind us after a tough couple of weeks.

Will that performance give us a much needed push as we look to push up the table? Should we still be worried that we haven’t managed to score from open play in any of our last three Premier League matches?

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202 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    We were lucky, but a win at Old Trafford is an excellent work by the Gunners. The midfield is super solid with Partey and Elneny who was all over the field to press

    The defenders did a good job too. As usual, 3-4-3 is perfect to counter big team’s attack and Lacazette/ Willian kept the ball well

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Wouldnt say we were lucky at all, unlucky not to score from open play, utd didnt really threaten at all we were comfortable for 99% of the game, thoroughly deserved 3 points πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

      1. Dan kit says:

        Cmon bro how was we lucky .
        It was a good win against a big team ,just celebrate ,no need to look for negatives we get that way to much on here as it is .
        All the doom and gloom and we are only 4 points off top spot

        1. Mouser says:

          On point

      2. Slimline Tilt says:

        The only luck we had today was ending the game with 11 players on the pitch. On another day, Gabriel would have got a second yellow for his goaline foul in the second half. Very un-Mike Dean to wave it away. Otherwise we were well on top for most of the game.

        Hard to believe how Elneny has come on since his return. He was in Turkey when Arteta took over, so Arteta wouldn’t have been able to make a judgement about him until the end of the season. He clearly saw something there and its testimony to his man-management skills how Elneny has responded.

    2. Declan says:

      Lucky! Are you sure?🀫

    3. Winston says:

      Think we deserved the win.

      Those who think 4-4-3 is the magical solution to our woes should think again. Tactics make formations work

    4. Eddie says:

      How is that a lucky win?
      Is it crack? Lol.
      United were Lucky at the Old Trafford not to concede more than 1 game

    5. ACE says:

      LUCKY? SMMFH

    6. Kstix says:

      What the hell do u mean by we were lucky. We played man utd from start till the 80min when we started to defend our lead. I hope Arteta knows this should be his starting midfield. No more xhaka and back passes please. Thank you very kindly. Our forwards were not efficient enough today if not, we would have beaten man utd at least 3-0. Great performance. Oh elneny. Oh Partey. Both Motd alongside holding and Gabriel. In fact everyone apart from the front 3 even though the front 3 still played better than recent games today.

      1. SueP says:

        Happy bunny then Kstix? πŸ™‚

        1. towny254 says:

          SueP best team won I think OLE will get the sack now

        2. Kstix says:

          A really happy. Been a while I saw this attacking fluid football. Elneny and Partey did the trick in that midfield. Boy was I impressed? I was so impressed that even if we had lost, I would still be really happy. More of this senor Arteta

        3. Lomomi says:

          I don’t think he was out of place saying “WE WERE LUCKY”, Man Utd Γ lsΓ² created Chances, We Fluffed alot of Chances too though. Overall, I want to enjoy this long awaited Win at Old Trafford, with a Thanks to Arteta!
          Partey And Elneny are my MOTM, I think Partey is few points ahead!!!!

      2. Uzi Ozil says:

        I was also impressed with Gabriel and Holding. They got the yellow card in the first half but still went out defending pretty well…

        When we win, some will say luck. Arghhhh, its annoying. Elneny feels like a new signing. Hehe

        1. Kstix says:

          Spot on. I never panicked for a second because holding’s yellow was a soft foul and Gabriel took his for the team. It was a beautiful football. Our front 3 just didn’t deliver as we’d like but they still tried, Man utd should been battered today tbh. On to villa now. I hope Arteta doesn’t tinker with that midfield. Just leave Partey and elneny alone please Sir.

    7. Reggie says:

      One thing we wasn’t was lucky.

    8. jon fox says:

      got no idea, Lucky? LUCKY?????? WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON! The only LUCK we have had is when MA agreed to become our manager!

      1. Kev82 says:

        Jon he’s the same fella that said we sold Martinez and unfortunately got Partey..

    9. Kev82 says:

      Gotanidea we were lucky ? Mate take a night off

  2. Eddie says:

    I’d like to see everyone that were moaning about the line up before the game kicked off.
    Our best midfield game so far this season, Partey -Elneny controlled it.
    Mogunna you really need to stop this your hatred of Arteta. Give the man a chance, that’s another disgraceful run he just ended.
    We haven’t gotten a league win at Old Trafford for the past 14 years, Arteta just stopped that too.
    Partey gives me how for our midfield.
    It’s depressing if you go back to read comments made by some fans regarding the line up

    1. ACE says:

      Eddie,

      Theres a segment of the JA population that simply relish
      the opportunity to take shots at the players, MA and the
      club regardless of the result or scenario. Certain people
      just enjoy being miserable. It is what is is my friend.

      Brilliant display by MA and his troops today. EVERYBODY
      put in a commendable shift and the the Spaniard got
      his tactics just right.

      bring on Villa

      1. SueP says:

        Now that should be interesting!

      2. Eddie says:

        Ace I’ve noticed too… There’s a section of fans on here who never want to say anything good regarding some players and the coach. Notice how the usual suspects who love attacking the coach are yet to comment? But they’re always the first to comment when we lose.
        Top Gunner, Mogunna and Co…is it a thing with the sound of Gunna being in their names??

    2. Skills1000 says:

      I agree with you Eddie. Every team has lost this season. Fans should support the manager. Arteta has won 2 trophies. Ole a d Lampard have won 0 trophies. We have to support the team.

  3. Highbury Hero says:

    This is just a start. Congratulations to Man utd for avoiding a heavy defeat.

    1. Winston says:

      You got it right Highbury Hero! Lol

      Onwards and upwards!

    2. Sid says:

      Your prediction was correct, not that I doubted it lol!

      1. Donlynus says:

        So happy for the result, congratulations to all arsenal fans worldwide

    3. SueP says:

      πŸ‘

    4. Kstix says:

      Nothing truer HH. They actually avoided a heavy defeat tbh all thanks to our front 3 missing chances. The first half alone, I would have put us at 3-0 at the least. We played really exciting football once again. So happy.

  4. OZGooner says:

    Elneny was immense. Great game. 9/10 for me.

    1. Declan says:

      Agree 100%

    2. Goaldan says:

      Partly was fantastic he has so much vision/awareness, awesome. Elnenny was great ,very comfortable on the ball and quick to close down.
      Gabarell what a buy,

      Very happy tonight

    3. Trudeau says:

      Highlight of the game for me was Elneny pressing in the 92nd minute. Huge!

      1. ToluCOYG says:

        Devastating burst of energy at that period of the game.

    4. towny254 says:

      100% agree with you OZGooner Elneny was like a rash all over the place 10 out of 10

  5. RSH says:

    well done Arsenal, the main point is we FINALLY get 3 points at Old Trafford. We needed this and Arteta and the team got the result. Much much better performance overall to. So happy!

  6. Winston says:

    Welcome the next Herbert Chapman!

    Partey and Elneny all the way!

    Elneny MOTM

    1. Mohsan says:

      πŸ‘

    2. gotanidea says:

      Elneny just had three days to rest before the big Man United game. He seems to have a double-lung stamina like Kante

      1. Winston says:

        Elneny the lungless! Full of running for the 90 mins. Absolutely impressive!

  7. Goonerboy says:

    Gabriel, Partey and Elneny are crazy beasts, our spine is sorted!

    Arteta two wins against Ole, things you love to see, was that Old Trafford please??

    1. ACE says:

      I think Xhaka may have to get used to Cup and Europa
      league games for the foreseeable future.

      El Neny/Partey/Gabriel should be the first names on the
      EPL team sheet going forward.

      1. Goonerboy says:

        ACE,

        Make it Xhaka and Ceballos pls

        1. ACE says:

          Ive always rated DC but for some reason he just hasn’t
          consistently taken that next step at the Emirates. Flashes
          have been there but it seems with the emergence of
          El Neny that he and Xhaka may be 3rd and 4th best in
          the midfield atm.

          Either Aouar or Szoboslai in January would complete
          the midfiled trio and send Arsenal on there way to CL
          futbol next season

  8. Mohsan says:

    I think a midfiled of Partey, Elneny and Saka is what we needed from what we saw today. They provide perfect balance. I know Saka was not at his best today but when he is which usually he is then we have a good Midfield now…

    1. Babari says:

      You are correct. However saka need more involvement. He gave Thierry so much work to do. Saka was practically absent today. We praise him when he does well and he had to really improve. The hype maybe not be good if he continue this way.

    2. ACE says:

      Until the January window Yes, but adding Aouar or
      Szoboslai would complete the Arsenal midfield and
      transform Arteta’s troops into a very dangerous and
      perhaps EPL title contending team in the second half
      of the season.

  9. Reggie says:

    Gabriel Partey Tierney Elnenny and Auba were the catalyst to a sound win at hapless utd. Partey in midfield is a beast but if Elnenny can produce a performance like that more regularly, it would be a catalyst to build round. Controlled much of the game and it looks like the players are learning. The midfield without xhaka was a proper midfield. Well done.

    1. gotanidea says:

      This might prove that a left-footed DM isn’t always needed

      1. Bad Ebening says:

        Barca dominated Europe under Pep with three right footed midfielder

        1. gotanidea says:

          Liverpool also won UCL and EPL with three right-footed brute midfielders, who protect their defenders. I think Arteta tried to copy Klopp’s tactic at the Leicester game, but our midfielders were simply not accustomed to it

          1. Reggie says:

            Im not an Elnenny fan he is an honest player, who lacks quality at the highest level but if he can perform like he did today, which is the question, then he and Partey can be really really strong, we cant rely on xhaka, he cant tackle and is sloppy, we didn’t have any of that today, it was a pleasure to watch those two.

    2. Joe Allysons says:

      Auba? I’m dedicated to not criticizing today, but he was rather awful but for the penalty.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Joe, respect your view, but come on – he probably played his best game this season, along with Lacs.
        Yes, chances were missed, but manure were never comfortable with our attacking game and Auba / Lacs / Saka /Willian were all a thorn in their side.

  10. Sue says:

    14 years in the making….. We still have the best defence in the league πŸ˜‰
    Elneny MOTM for me – take a bow!!
    What a performance from the team, bloody superb!!
    Oh and to see that smacked arse look on the Norwegian PE teacher’s face!!!
    I’m absolutely buzzing, so happy, am going to celebrate by getting my Arsenal baubles out and put up the Christmas treeπŸŽ„
    Ooh to
    Ooh to be
    Ooh to be a gooner…. very proud!!

    1. Defund The Media says:

      14 long… loooong years!! (All my family / cousins are manc’s) finally sue… finally!!!!!! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

      1. Sue says:

        Best you get on it and start bragging, Rory 🀣 You’ve got a lot to make up for haha!!

        1. Defund The Media says:

          Haha your not wrong sue!! *cracks knuckles in anticipation * πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŽπŸ₯³πŸ₯³

          1. Sue says:

            Hahaha brilliant…give ’em hell, Rory!!

    2. gotanidea says:

      Norwegian PE teacher LOL

    3. Goonerboy says:

      Sue,

      I would give Gab the MOTM, man has been on yellow since first half and was still solid. Elneny was something else today!

      1. Sue says:

        Gabriel was also superb… fantastic having so many to pick motm from!!

    4. Sid says:

      And to rub salt to their VAR infested wounds, we were the ones to get a penaltyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Lets see the penchester fans call us pensenal nowπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. Sue says:

        Poor Mancs, boo-hoo 😝

    5. lcw says:

      Better than winning the cup. Congrat!

      1. RSH says:

        oh boy, haha!

  11. Shakir says:

    Long story short, MA outsmarted Ole(thats twice in a row)…πŸ’―πŸ’―

    I will be honest, Arsenal winning at OT and Elneny putting such a performance is like a dream come true.

    A good penalty from Auba as well

    Now where are those man utd fans hiding…..bye guys got some talking to do…..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      Nice one, Shakir!!! Hahaha we’ll find them! πŸ˜‰

      1. Shakir says:

        Ha ha already found themπŸ˜‚
        Its war on whatsapp…😎

        But the best part is one of the bros actually said that they should have had a penalty.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        DEAD!
        I really cant carry on…πŸ˜‚

        1. Sid says:

          πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ole Penchester, the first of his name!

        2. Sue says:

          A WhatsApp war – love it!! Well it’s a first they didn’t have one, Shakir!!
          Sour grapes, they were outplayed and outclassed, they’ll soon go quiet haha!!

  12. Phezi says:

    how smooth is Partey,the boy is butter. Elneny is the only midfielder that gels with every midfielder he has played with

    1. RSH says:

      when you buy proven top quality players thats what you get, he’s quality. Without doubt.

  13. Uzi Ozil says:

    Good to win at Old Trafford after many years…

    I would have been gutted if we lost this game going by the first half crisp play and miss chances. Glad it didn’t hurt us in the end.

    Partey have really changed that midfield.

    Elneny and Partey combo worked well today. The partey is gradually brining in the party.

    The win was needed esp for arteta. Some fans need to get some slack off his back…

    1. SueP says:

      πŸ‘πŸ‘

  14. Dan kit says:

    Partey was a joy to watch πŸ‘Š
    Makes the game look so easy ,so so fcking impressed with him .
    Big shout out to Elneny (who some self proclaimed experts said would never wear an Arsenal shirt again )
    Also Bellerin and Tierney ,excellent form them both on the wings .
    Overall a cagey affair but we deserved to win it ,and at old Trafford aswell .
    Great finish to the weekend πŸ‘after the lockdown news yesterday ,hope that Cheers up a few apoplectic that cannot get out for the next month .

    1. Dan kit says:

      *cheers up a few people *

    2. Goonerboy says:

      That was not Old Trafford Dan!

      1. Goonerboy says:

        Always get your facts right Dan…lol

          1. SueP says:

            I’m confused as well

          2. Sid says:

            Goonerboy is saying we played there like in the Emirates😁

        1. Defund The Media says:

          Goonerboy wonder blunder

        2. Mouser says:

          Are you for real

  15. Eddie says:

    MOTM for me was Partey.
    Him and Elneny did absolutely fantastic.
    Partey controlled everything.
    Arteta made the wise decision by retaining Elneny.
    I’ve always said Elneny is just a good squad player. Not a bad one, but the his confidence seems to be growing and he could be vying for a starting spot

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Definitely eddie! Also just warms my heart that we finally have a young, commanding beast of a CB for years to come, and hes only going to get better πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah! And we haven’t seen much of Saliba but I bet he is gonna be good as well.

        1. Defund The Media says:

          Jesus sid yes I totally forgot about saliba lol, if he gets to gab’s level we will be a unit!! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

          1. Sid says:

            Not to mention Big Mark, the BFG 2.0 from the academy😁😁

          2. Sue says:

            Definitely one for the future, Sid…very promising – picked up motm on his Ipswich debut.. sweet!

    2. Kstix says:

      If elneny is a squad player Eddie, what does that make xhaka?

  16. Namo says:

    Felt gutted when Leicester won at the Emirates for the first time over 40yrs. Now that we’ve won at Old Trafford for the first time in 14yrs, I feel a lot better.
    Partey is immense. He’s so cool and confident on the ball, always driving the team forward.
    Great win. I hope the tiny Tots lose today. 😜

  17. Ed says:

    Excellent.
    Now come on Brighton!

  18. Grandad says:

    Our first half display was the best since Arteta arrived.I take my hat off to Elneny and Partey who proved conclusively how well we can function in the absence of the ponderous Xhaka.Gabriel and Tierney were also excellent.As I forecast a win before the match and I think I will pour myself a deserving cold beer.

    1. SueP says:

      Take your bow, Grandad, take your bow!!

    2. Maxis says:

      Agreed completely…πŸ‘πŸ½

      1. Vinod says:

        This is what happens when there is no “leader” to remind the team that “we are afraid”.

  19. Jimmy Bauer says:

    That headline is Cheeky as fvck!..I love it!..
    We did stroll!
    COYG!

  20. Lenohappy says:

    And Jon fox and some other fans said elneny is nothing special? I remember then when Gotanidea used to say Wenger never really give elneny chance to prove himself, wow, Partey is just world class. Finally a win at utd. Arteta please use this same team against Villa.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Elneny won’t get the recognition he deserves from some because he was a wenger signing πŸ‘

      1. Mouser says:

        It’s high time we respected Gilberto silver, the man said that arsenal needed to bring back elneny from loan last season. He said elneny is his replacement. it was hard to believe, we all wanted him sold.

    2. ken1945 says:

      Lenohappy, glad you remembered as well πŸ€”

      1. Lenohappy says:

        ken1945 I have always liked elneny, and I have always wish he succeed. That’s a world class performance from him.

        1. ken1945 says:

          Agree 100% with you – that time away on loan has worked wonders.
          As I said, some fans are too quick to write players off – Bellerin is another example… just a great team performance AND MA must also take the plaudits.

    3. gotanidea says:

      It’s great you still remember that @Lenohappy. Elneny, Guendouzi and Ceballos have some vision to make through balls occasionally, which we rarely see from other midfielders at Arsenal

      1. Lenohappy says:

        gotanidea ooh believe me bro I remember a lot of things

    4. Sid says:

      Bro, he did both the defensive and offensive parts fantastically! Him and Partey would have cried if we lost, considering the amount of chances they created in the first half.

    5. RSH says:

      hes proving me wrong too. Thought he was nothing better than a limited squad player but he’s really turned a corner recently. Still, just like with every player, we need consistent quality throughout the entire season

  21. SueP says:

    Roy Keane is going potty on tv

    1. Winston says:

      Somebody should send him a box of Viagra for calling us soft

      1. SueP says:

        Ooh! You are awful

  22. Mohsan says:

    Elenney today reminded me so much of casemro of Madrid. Always first on manager’s list but not appreciated enough. What a first half….what a weekend first Madrid n then Arsenal. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚…only down side was lockdown announcement 😒

    1. Sid says:

      πŸ‘πŸ˜

    2. Sue says:

      And even Hazard scored πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

  23. speedy says:

    Elneny and party should stay great balance.
    And gabriel was a steal can’t believe how much we got him for.
    Best defence in the league wood.
    COYG

  24. Adajim says:

    Leicester loss was painful but this is good. We have played city, Liverpool, Leicester and Utd. 4 big teams in 7games and still 4points behind the league leader. Today performance was great, our attackers needs to be clinical , and they are the reason we are still sloppy, hopefully the likes of lacca get their scoring boot

  25. ken1945 says:

    What a fantastic result from the boys And MA you have got everything 100%correct today.

    Every player was fantastic and Elneny /Partey partnership looks unbeatable.
    Bellerin is coming back to his best…. I could go on and on and on😁
    Why some our fans run this group of players down I’ll never understand.
    Just a magical all round performance – BRILLIANT!!

    1. Dan kit says:

      Well said Ken πŸ‘

    2. Sue says:

      Spot on, Ken πŸ‘

  26. Ackshay says:

    Good display by the boys to get the 3 pts but we need to be more clinical or we will have regrets at the end of this crazy season. Lacazette is soo frustating to watch does every thing good apart from shooting smh

  27. Palash says:

    Scholes just disrespected arsenal in the after match discussion

    1. ACE says:

      Him and Keane can EAD, two hapless United HASBENS
      that just cant seem to enjoy life after futbol.

      Amazing they actually get financially compensated
      for being such transparent Manure homers.

      1. Sid says:

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. Vinod says:

      He simply couldn’t digest Wrighty’s comments and lost cool.

  28. Gily says:

    Deserved win at long last at Old Trafford. Happy for the valuable win, but the goals should’ve been more.
    Elneny is not the most skillful player but gives 100% match after match. Also Partey,Gabriel, and Tierney all did very well.

  29. Mobella says:

    How good is Eleney and Thomas in that midfield today. I rarely saw them pass today. Gabriel was a steal. Good performance from all the lad. They played like they want something from the game and they got it. More of this boys.

  30. Defund The Media says:

    Thomas Partey’s contribution for @Arsenal today
    79 touches
    Completed 53/57 passes
    11 x possession gained (most in match)
    Won 10 duels – most by an Arsenal player in a PL game this season
    3 dribbles completed
    1 shot on target

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Absolute beast mode today 😎

    2. Bad Ebening says:

      With Thomas in the base of our midfield we’re going to have partey after partey

      1. Defund The Media says:

        Your not wrong bud!! Onwards and upwards!! πŸ˜‹

    3. RSH says:

      Such an assuring presence in the middle. No dumb passes, everything he does has purpose behind it. Great signing! This is why you need proven players on squad.

  31. Chapo says:

    What a match. Wish it didn’t have to end. This is actually how to park the Bus and still be praised for packing the Bus. Immediately I saw AMN and Mustafi about to come on I couldn’t stop laughing. Everyone was lit. Gabriel is a beast and my Man of The Match. Glad Mike was on our side today, good to see those wrong calls finally favouring us too. Tierney is class. Holding doesn’t look like he’s been away. This is the Bellerin we all have been crying out for, his return to form is heavily ignored, he has overcome that injury and is getting better by the day. From now henceforth it should always be Elneny Partey, those two are midfield beasts and can run for 200mins without getting tired. Elneny was chasing virtually everything down. Thomas recovery is top notch. Finally Auba ends his goal drought, Lacazette I’ll say less, Willian I’ll say even lesser. Overall it was such a great great performance. This is the first time I have actually enjoyed a team parking the Bus. Arteta got his tactics spot on today. What a match. Loved every single minute of it.

    1. SueP says:

      Well said
      Having read your posts earlier it’s great you enjoyed it. Fantastic

      1. Chapo says:

        Only down side now is our attack. I’m sure Arteta will be focusing that. Great performance SueP

    2. jon fox says:

      Chapo, an enjoyable post BUT I do not agree that we parked the bus, other than in the last five minutes only, which surely does not count. I thought we bossed the game and had most of the attacking.

      1. Reggie says:

        Im not sure about parked the bus, i think we have a PARTEY BUS!

  32. Bad Ebening says:

    Gabriel, Partey, Elneny, Tierney and Bellerin were awesome

  33. Ed says:

    Great performance. In that match the only thing we were losing was Rob Holding’s hair!

    1. SueP says:

      I did feel for him. Heavy rain didn’t help😳

      1. Dan kit says:

        Bless him I noticed that too ,needs to shave it off ,us males all go through it at one stage .
        Mine as just started to thin out at 40 ,clippers are now my best friend

  34. Lenohappy says:

    Wait, am I the only one still scared that Man United can still get a penalty? 🀣🀣

    1. Defund The Media says:

      There checking VAR as we speak πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. SueP says:

        Brilliant

    2. Drifter says:

      Bruno Fernandez was trying to get in the box before Auba. He realised it is at the other end later. 🀣🀣

  35. SueP says:

    Roy Keane is still going pottyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  36. Rowland says:

    We were lucky, at most the game could’ve ended up in a draw. Though we played really well; however, our front three have not been efficient I think ateta should take note and work on that

  37. AubaKedavra says:

    Leno: 6 – Wasn’t tested much but did well whenever called for. Composure on the ball was much better, needs to be more quick passing out from the back.

    Tierney: 7 – Worked very hard throughout the game. A rare mistake which didn’t cost us. A very dependable no nonsense player.

    Gabriel: 9 – Can we already deem him the best signing of the summer? He was everywhere. Makes lots and lots of tackles which surprisingly for an Arsenal defender rarely look risky. No surprise we have conceded the least in the league after playing City, Liverpool and United at home. He has transformed our defense. Not to mention his composure on the ball and occasional pass cutting through the opponents front line.

    Holding: 7 – Handled defensive duty really well. Makes a good partnership with Gabriel and has improved a lot with the season. He could be long term solution if he plays like this.

    Bellerin: 8 – His turnaround in the performances are hard to ignore. He is playing much like the Bellerin we fell in love with in his breakthrough first season. Dribbling, running and crating chances. He is bacl to his best.

    Saka: 7 – Made sure AWB was busy with his defensive duties rather than attacking. Created lot of trouble at the left. Didn’t let AWB get into the game, which is an achievement considering AWB is one of the best right backs in the league.

    Elneny: 9 – I don’t think he is the same Elneny who played for us before his loan. This guy is an unexpected revelation. He was running across the pitch, dominating the midfield like a maestro. Reminded me of Rosicky! All of his passes had an attacking intent. Quick forward passing. Never thought i would ever say this, but he needs to start every game now!

    Partey: 8 – He is going to be a player we never had in the last decade. Doesn’t just keep the ball, but keeps it moving. Anchors the midfield and transition the ball from the defense to the attack so quickly. What we paid for him is less.

    Auba: 8 – Was not at his best. But scored a penalty.l and won us the game. Nothing less than 8 will suffice.

    Laca: 6 – it is very confusing watching him play. He is our striker but rarely contributes to the goals. Bad first touch and doesn’t hold the ball very well. But then he makes up for it with his excellent workrate and tackles. But as things stand, he is a striker who is supposed to chip in goals. Which he is rarely doing these days.

    Willian: 7 – He played the ball so much better today. Was constantly moving the ball and creating lot of space in the final third. He is certainly a better choice on the right than Pepe. Good luck changing my mind.

    Arteta: 10 – Don’t think he could have done better with the team selection or substitutions. Give him time and trust him. Our performances against the big teams have been so much better under him. We are actually winning against them let alone getting a thrashing.

    1. Frank Brady says:

      Only 6 for Leno? Used his face to great effect deflecting Elneny’s back pass onto the post and away form danger.

  38. steve says:

    It was good to see that something noteworthy came from the right side of our attack.

    #ThumbsUp

  39. Wes says:

    Its about bloody time we start bullying the other top six

  40. Dhoni says:

    Partey,Elneny,Bellerin ,Tierney and Gabriel played very well. I’m so proud of the team come on u gunners.

  41. Ambrose says:

    Loved the show. Elneny Partey partnership was the best I’ve seen in a long while, imagine the two with Ceballos in front, Auba in the middle, with Saka, Pepe or willian flanking him. More cummings i tell u all,. Line up certain to make J Fox orgasmic for free without being touched. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

    1. Sue says:

      Steady on πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. Val says:

      Jon, he’s excited and from his comment about you being orgasmic at the sound of a certain line up doesn’t warrant your comment.

      For someone who has self proclaimed intellect and for someone who is probably alot older than most here, you have a funny way of showing wisdom and have no sense of humour.

      You are with out doubt the most insulting person i have ever come across, if things dont fit in with your debate you ridicule them with no remorse, you should learn to grow up and lighten up in your old age.
      no one likes bitter old fools, so don’t become one!

      1. jon fox says:

        Val, You are speaking much vitriol yourself, I would just point out -as the IRONY of your post has clearly escaped your notice. Suffice to say I of course disagree with your own vitriolic post.

        I doubt that you are young either, by the way you write so to call me a “bitter old fool” is surely the ironic pot calling the kettle black. You may of course wish to put me right, IF which I doubt, you are young. THAT WOULD PERHAPS EXCUSE YOUR POOR JUDGEMENT.

  42. Defund The Media says:

    Roy Keane on partey

    He was outstanding. He’s obviously no mug having played in big games. When you watch a player live that’s when you can judge a player and the more I look at him the more I wish he was in the United midfield. He’s big, strong and aggressive – and he can pass it forward. He can deal with the ball.

    “I had my battles with Vieira and I think this kid has got a chance of matching what Patrick used to do.”

    Praise from Roy Keane 🀯

    1. Sue says:

      I nearly fainted! As well as listening to Neville praising us also…. it’s unheard of!!

      1. Defund The Media says:

        I know sue! Making me very uneasy I must say lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. Val says:

      Well the UTD board and coach dont have a clue imo

      They desperately need a new CB, have done for 2 seasons.

      So they go and panic sign Cavani and get a bench warmer in De Beek and were linked with Sancho all window.

      Maybe they have a secret Raul and co in charge πŸ˜›

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

  43. Sue says:

    ArsenalWhy.. We did it! Now go and rip it out of all your United friends!!

    1. ArsenalWhy says:

      Oh I’ve already started sue. A lot of them are hiding now but I’ve got the whole week 🀣

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜‚ Enjoy every second of it – it’s been a long time coming!!!

        1. Joegunner says:

          Yes I am having the fun right now

  44. Val says:

    Very very good win and about damn time imo!

    We were aggressive al game, just what i wanted them to do.

    Partey just shades Elneny for me for MOTM but it very close.

    The only thing we were unlucky with was not scoring from open play, on another day, we’re 2-0 up at half time.

    It helps doesnt it shuffling the pack for UEL games to allow your regular prem squad to be more fresh.

    Now lets build on this and go on to the next game!

  45. Sid says:

    Wow! We won! Against those penalty merchants! Onside their shop! While shoplifting them! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Saka had an underwhelming game IMO. That header was a definite goal. And the attackers were a little underwhelming, with Auba and Willian missing chances and Laca getting outmuscled. But we played fantastically today. And I certainly don’t have any complaints regarding creativity today because we absolutely bossed united. Great confidence booster. Now comeon Villa! Let’s welcome back Emi by making him pick the balls out of his own net!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Sid I’m sorry but can you remind me the chance that aubamayang missed, have been trying to remember but I couldn’t.

        1. Sid says:

          The one where Laca provided him the pass. In the second half. It was a break I think,and if he was on song he would have put that away. No serious complaints though😁
          Hope everyone of the forwards are back to their best!

          1. Vinod says:

            It actually took a deflection of Lindlof/Maguire on its way. Didnt get a corner though.

          2. Frank Brady says:

            Have another look at it Sid. It took a small deflection off Lindelhoff’s (I think) back side. Might have snuck in if not for that.
            Lindelhoff also foiled Laca in the first half with a small touch on the ball, definitly a couple of cases of what might have been.

          3. Sid says:

            Yup saw it later. I had forgotten about it completely,πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

        2. SueP says:

          I answer your question below. Don’t know how that happened

  46. Quantic Dream says:

    Did we just win at OLD TRAFFORD???!!!

    1. Sue says:

      No you’re not dreaming, QD.. and I will pinch you!!!

  47. Chapo says:

    Never knew Leno can be so commanding in the air. The way he commanded the air today makes me believe he must be reading comments on Just Arsenal often. πŸ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      He was brilliant…. as was the playing out

      1. Chapo says:

        Sue the boys really played well. Best defense, now can we move unto having the best attack

      2. Lenohappy says:

        Sue did you see the heated exchange of words between him and Holding, when he gave Holding that poor pass, thats exactly what I want to see from the players.

    2. Kstix says:

      I said it too and I used to be critical of him but i watched him in training and saw that was something they were working on with him and when held a ball from set piece today, I said to myself, he’s improving. Even his passing from the back is also improving. I’m so happy to see that.

  48. inkfight! says:

    Absolutely buzzing! 3 points away at Old Trafford, clean sheet and no injuries.

    Very controlled performance and could have scored 3 or 4 in first half.

    Great team performance but standouts obviously Elneny, Partey and Gabriel πŸ™‚

  49. GunnerDev says:

    We have the defence sorted
    Parley and mo seem to have sort MF
    Now just to get the attackers firing again! MA work your magic. Great game and great result today COYG!

  50. SueP says:

    Right at the beginning-ish
    Ball came from right across the box and Auba couldn’t quite get on the end of it. A good cross and just bad luck at the end. No fault attached

    1. SueP says:

      Well according to Sid he and I saw different chances or my first half attempt was in the second half 🀣🀣

      1. Vinod says:

        He was talking about the second half chance, when Laca gave a pass to Auba, which he tried to curl in the top right corner making Lindlof/Maguire (Lindlof I guess) as a shield. It caressed his bottom but corner was not given.

        1. jon fox says:

          VINOD And I guess you also noticed, as I did, that Gary Neville ignored noticing it , while making sure he said United should have had a corner, also not awarded, equally incorrectly. ONE EYED PUNDITS !

      2. Sid says:

        Yeab I forgot about the first half chance. That was a miss though, the second half one was a deflection as pointed out by Vinod. I though it was a miss. My badπŸ˜…

  51. Abu says:

    The combination of Elneny and Partey is what I always advocated. Against teams that holds possession because of his work rate and mobility to close down spaces will always come handy. Teams that are physical and play long balls Xhaka will be better suited. Good win today.

    1. jon fox says:

      Abu, what you are in fact referring to is mobility, the very thing that XHAKA, MORE THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER PLAYER IN THE PREM, DISTINCTLY LACKS. The flow and pace was so much better today with Xhaka on the bench. Long may that place on the bench remain the case.

      BETTER STILL WOULD BE HIM GONE COMPLETELY, IMO.

  52. Abu says:

    JON. That’s a bit hash don’t you think??? Lol
    Teams like Burnley, West Ham and a some other few Xhaka will do well I guarantee. He still has some role he can play with his experience only if we leading. Ceballos on the other hand will be suitable against teams like Leeds, Aston Villa his quick turns and crisp passes will split open defences.

  53. Joegunner says:

    This is not lucky, we work for it and we deserve the 3 point, this is Mu at oldtraford, come on now, am so proud of the lads.. let’s enjoy this moment, Gunners for life

  54. gunnerforlife says:

    Great win. We gave United a taste of their own medicine in their backyard. A very dominant display. I always said the 343 system works well for Arsenal and Arteta is a master tactician. Great to beat them after a long wait of 14 years. The midfield duo of Partey and Elneny was great and the defence was solid and that is what we need, a solid defence. All in all, fantastic performance. Onwards and Upwards Gunners!

  55. Patrico says:

    To win at old Trafold is an achievement, we made them play second fiddle. The defense is very cool and stable that is reco.mmendale. Rashford was trimed to nothing by Gabriel and Holding. That was enough to disorganize ManUre. My viewpoint therefore, is our front should start firing from all the four cylinders. Poor positioning is our major challenge.

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