Even though Arsenal fans were maybe a little more confident than usual, we also know that Manchester United are always a tough team for us to beat and our form so far this season is hardly inspiring enough to give us much confidence.
And that was proved right as Arsenal somehow lost a game we dominated, once again. Even the United captain and scorer of their second goal on the break looked surprised that they had won as he gave his post match interview. And the stats certainly support him saying that they rode their luck.
He also suggested that their game plan worked out, but I hardly think that Louis van Gaal told them to allow Arsenal to attack at will and rely on David De Gea to bail them out of trouble, which he did no many occasions before their luck opener.
They had not had a single shot on target when they jammed an opener in the second half and they still had not afterwards because Valencia’s shot was going well wide before it struck Kieran Gibbs to go in. And Szczesny had no chance to stop it because he had collided with Gibbs in the build up and had to be replaced by Martinez. And to complete our bad luck and United’s fortune, Fellaini was offside in the build up.
Wilshere was already off after a studs up tackle into his ankle that did not get a free kick or a card and he was really making things happen for us. It was not all down to bad luck, however, as better finishing and decision making would have seen us way in front before Gibbs’ goal, but a point was the very least we deserved.