Some things never change: Arsenal always lose the big matches, and they can’t seem to win anything this season. Manchester United didn’t play too attacking or well, but a Kieran Gibbs own goal and a clever chip from Wayne Rooney gave them a 2-1 win, putting back and strong in the top four.
Olivier Giroud, who came off the bench for the weak Aaron Ramsey, scored a brilliant goal in the 94th minute (nine minutes of added time), but it was too late. Arsenal were the dominant side, the busier team and the more attacking side in the match. Yet again, playing more elegant and pleasant on the eyes football doesn’t turn out to produce results.
David de Gea, along with Marouane Fellaini and a very young back line that included Tyler Blackett, Patrick McNair, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw deserved more credit than anyone else for the win, as Manchester United played like a team pleased to come out with a draw, only to be lucky enough to have things go their way in a couple of instances.
Arsenal have won only four times in the first 12 matches. In the weird Premier League we have this season it’s enough for 8th place, but that might change soon enough. Alexis Sanchez has been finally slowed down and when disregarding his fantastic season, it’s hard to say anything positive about the Gunners this season.
Mike Dean making bad calls also had a part to play: Fellaini probably fouled Gibbs before the own goal (56th minute), and Angel di Maria should have been sent off in injury time for trying to club Calum Chambers and then making a pathetic act of being injured.