Three talking points to take from Arsenal’s win over Man United

The Premier League is becoming more competitive by the day, and Arsenal demonstrated last weekend that they are ready to compete. Their 3-1 victory over Manchester United should have hushed their detractors. Arteta and the boys must have delighted the Gooners, but how did they accomplish it?

What strategies did Arsenal employ to achieve victory?

1. They didn’t give up after falling behind to Marcus Rashford’s goal. Instead, they remained calm and levelled seconds later. The Gunners gave their all until the very last second of the game, and it paid off as they scored two goals in injury time to win 3-1.

2. The Gunners were defensively compact and solid, reverting to a tried and tested back four of White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Zinchenko. Manchester United were unable to break them down and were forced to play in their own half. Their defensive firmness and alertness allowed them to avoid falling into United’s counterattack trap, which was evidenced by Marcus Rashford’s goal and Alejandro Garnacho’s offside goal.

3. Taking advantage of last-minute opportunities to score goals The Red Devils had no time to respond after conceding two goals in injury time. It was a strategy in and of itself to win that key game. Like they did earlier this year when they won 3-2.

They already knew Manchester United were capable of scoring again, but they did not allow it to happen.

A very satisfying three points I must say, and it looks like we are in for another exciting rollercoaster of a season.

Sam P


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  1. Yes fasten our seat belts , this will be a roller coaster season alright, the fidgeting with playing players out of position and suddenly dropping form players out of the starting line up, is all that behind us now?

    Will Arsenal remain true to ourselves in the trip to Merseyside, a team that beat us in this fixture last year when everyone was beating them?

  2. What really helped Arsenal against United was that immediate equalizing goal by Odegaard. If that goal had delayed in coming, I can only imagine the anxious tension that would have engulfed the Emirates – both players and spectators.
    And we have proven not to be good managers of anxiety and tension.

    1. Agree, Man U would have dug in and as time goes frustration sets in, and more likely they will concede another goal from a counter after over committing all the players in the final third in search of the equalizer.

  3. A lot of homeworks to be done – we need to beat
    1. Brighton
    2. Liverpool
    3. Spudz
    4. Newcastle
    5. Chelsea

    in order to make statement that we are a genuine challenger.

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