Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal: 3 Positives & 3 Negatives From The United Defeat

By on November 10, 2013

Arsenal slumped to their second defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Here, Gunner333 gives us 3 positives and negatives from the game.

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This often gripping encounter between two giants of the English game was gifted with the spice of the contrasting starts to the season both sides have had. The Gunners sat top two-points clear of Liverpool before kick-off whereas Moyes’ Manchester side were rooted in eighth a full 8 points off the pace.

As the game commenced both sides were desperately seeking a win while Fergie sat in the box watching his apprentice lead his side into one of the Red Devils’ toughest matches of the season.

Neither side could speed up the tempo and  the first ten minutes of this well-awaited affair fell rather flat. Rooney looked sharp and his early effort was deflected comfortably into the arms of Szczesny. Seeds of frustration were planted by Arsenal as Ramsey – despite his top form of late – gave the ball away more times than once in the middle if the park.

Just over twenty minutes on the clock and Arsenal’s frustration rapidly changed into absolute agony as former Gunner Robin Van Persie was left un-marked and powered home a header from Wayne Rooney’s well delivered corner. Signs of the old Arsenal back-line being exhibited from a set-piece.

Half time and some worried Gooners were pondering whether or not Arsenal’s great start may be coming to an abrupt halt. Second half underway and Wenger’s men came out fighting. A first real attack from the Gunners as Ozil’s impressive quick passes almost created a golden opportunity for Giroud to pounce, but the Frenchman failed to get there.

Questions arose of Mertesacker’s influence as we struggled defensively with the German’s absence, although Vermaelen was not playing poorly though.  Input of real chances faded out late in the game, but a chance to equalise came when Sagna’s divine cross just eluded Dane Nicklas Bendtner by a matter of inches.

One final chance for glory vanished and the Gunners sink to only their second defeat in the season so far this season. I will now highlight three positives and negatives from this performance.

Positives

1. Gibbs Still Looking Good: Once a young English prodigy, Kieran has proved himself as a solid first-team regular. His consistency and ability to stop the most dangerous wingers in the league is impressive and if we are to win a trophy this season, his form is paramount.

2. Dictating Game Well: The tempo was key today and in the second half in particular we read the game well. From back-to-front we hold our lines by keeping possession and rarely rush our play. We play through the centre comfortably and can feeds the full-backs at the right times. Theo’s return will be highly welcomed though!

3. Still A Decent Performance: The only goal of the game came through a rare piece of lapse defending at a set-piece. Aside from this, we limited United’s chances and it was hard to see that the Gunners were away at times. An excellent unanimous attitude was shown today and we consistently work very hard away from home. We just lacked a little spark in attack.

Negatives

1. Work-Rate Can Make Us Vulnerable: Many players have an extremely high work-rate but their pressing can sometimes leave us exposed. For example, Sagna and Gibbs like to bomb forward and press high up but if we lose possession they can be caught of out position and teams can hit us on the break. United often looked to take advantage of this so more discipline is needed, especially in the big games.

2. Clinical Finishing All That’s Missing From Forwards: Giroud is usually incredibly good at holding up the ball and linking up with our attackers, but he’s not a deadly goal-poacher. If Theo returns soon then maybe will see a drastic change but a new striker is still a must in January.

3. Ozil And Cazorla Lacked Spark: It was a rare off-day for our creative duo. Both Santi and Mesut were below par today and it resulted in us failing to create many clear-cut chances. Hopefully it was just a blip and they’ll be back to their creative best against Southampton.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below.

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14 Comments

  1. Biggy

    November 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    This is all down to Wenger’s market trader menality which has left us without a trophy in nearly a decade.

    • Mc

      November 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

      You re a sad person. I guess he was doing that for fun hey?

  2. Michael

    November 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    It was a very good performance today, just unlucky to give up the header. We made United park the bus at OT, a draw would have been the fair result.

  3. dukeofarsenal Malaysia

    November 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    In games such like this, statistic doesn’t count. Luck plays a part though. But we could improve with good positional marking during set pieces and capable players who rose in the siprit of Victoria Concordia Cresit. lets focus on the next game shall we, we lost to a players who was once a darling of the Emirates…F@#k
    GoGunners4Eva

  4. Thompson

    November 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Wenger has no other option but to buy a world class striker come january.
    Giroud. a good ball holder not a good striker.

    • Chris

      November 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

      He does however have options over formation. Like Ramsey and Cazorla are not at their best in wide positions. Ozil may as well be played wide. He is very skilful and creative but no mid field ball winner. This is why RM decided it was Ozil they should choose to sell to raise money.

  5. Mahna

    November 10, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Wenger bottled it by selecting Flamini and Arteta. Only one was needed today.

    Rosicky was a major loss too, his driving runs force the others to step up there attacking game!

    Still early days new striker in January please.

  6. lol

    November 11, 2013 at 3:28 am

    We <3 you Mertersacker. Under rated.

  7. Kene

    November 11, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Allowing a striker of van p ability to run 6yards and have a free jump against flat footed defenders standing on the 6 yard line is a school boy error that cost us the game. We have to be more flexible when defending set pieces!

    • Chris

      November 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Well either you play zonal or man marking. Wenger likes zonal but then he was never a top defender (or player). I bet Steve Bould is anti zonal.

  8. gotzereusfab

    November 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Great article bro, the result was sad but its positive the way threatened Mu the second half, the difference of this game was striker, giroud himself is not enough

  9. Gunner333

    November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for all your comments guys. Not the best result, but we’re sure to bounce back. COYGs!!

  10. Wonder Boy

    November 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

    There are contentious questions to be answered regarding the withdrawel of Mertesacker and Rocisky right before this fixture. It was reported that they were ill.

    Mertesacker is vital to Arsenal’s defence especially against the top sides. His majestic performance so far has earned the team top spot in both domestic and in Europe. His height advantage is an important asset to their backline. Due to the arial presence of Mertesacker, Arsenal’s defence are no longer vulnerable to set pieces. However, during his sudden absence, Arsenal has once again conceded via a set piece.

    Rocisky is the midfield spark that Arsenal needs whenever Carzola, Ramsey and Oezil are under performing. Rocisky provides that vibrant and energy that often trigger their midfield work engine to function. This was clearly evident during the Dortmund game that Rocisky was the driving force in midfield that won them the game.

    From every perspective, it is difficult to convince anyone as to how, both key players could be ill just before the game. Wenger did not elaborate on this issue but it makes one wonder whether he had any suspicion of their sudden illness. Even if they are genuinely ill, the cause of their illness has to be thoroughly investigated to refrain from any conspiracy to influence the outcome of this crucial encounter.

    This is not a matter of looking for extenuating circumstances to justify a defeat, it is the integrity of the sport at stake. From every angle we look at this, there is no way any eleven Manchester United may put up could earn a victory against the same eleven Arsenal team that just won at Dortmund earlier in the week.

    Based the above assumptions, we may derive the fact that there are external parties that could influence the end result of any game. In a week, we witnessed all the favourites (Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea) dropping points except Liverpool. What does this tell us?
    How genuine is the modern day football with multi billions of funds involved by betting syndicates?

    • Wonder Boy

      November 13, 2013 at 1:22 am

      There are contentious questions to be answered regarding the withdrawel of Mertesacker and Rocisky right before this fixture. It was reported that they were ill.

      Mertesacker is vital to Arsenal’s defence especially against the top sides. His majestic performance so far has earned the team top spot in both domestic and in Europe. His height advantage is an important asset to their backline. Due to the arial presence of Mertesacker, Arsenal’s defence are no longer vulnerable to set pieces. However, during his sudden absence, Arsenal has once again conceded via a set piece.

      Rocisky is the midfield spark that Arsenal needs whenever Carzola, Ramsey and Oezil are under performing. Rocisky provides that vibrant and energy that often trigger their midfield work engine to function. This was clearly evident during the Dortmund game that Rocisky was the driving force in midfield that won them the game.

      From every perspective, it is difficult to convince anyone as to how, both key players could be ill just before the game. Wenger did not elaborate on this issue but it makes one wonder whether he had any suspicion of their sudden illness. Even if they are genuinely ill, the cause of their illness has to be thoroughly investigated to refrain from any conspiracy to influence the outcome of this crucial encounter.

      This is not a matter of looking for extenuating circumstances to justify a defeat, it is the integrity of the sport at stake. From every angle we look at this, there is no way any best eleven Manchester United may put up could earn a victory against the same eleven Arsenal team that had just won at Dortmund, earlier in the week.

      Based the above assumptions, we may derive the fact that there are external parties that could influence the end result of any game. In a week, we witnessed all the favourites (Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea) dropping points except Liverpool. What does this tell us? How genuine is the modern day football with multi billions of funds involved by betting syndicates?

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