Manchester United 8 – Arsenal 2


Hell broke loose at Old Trafford.  Within 90 minutes, the ‘Red Devils’ managed to humiliate Arsenal, scoring 8 goals, a stunt they had not performed since 1999.


Rooney pulled a hat-trick and scored his 150th goal as a United player.


MUFC Rooney
Rooney from the spot



On the other hand, the ‘Gunners’ looked week and overwhelmed, clearly paying the price of having been unable to maintain former captain Francesc Fàbregas and French midfielder Samir Nasri.  Pole keeper Szczęsny was besieged by United’s strikers and offered little resistance to the attacks, demonstrating why he is Arsenal’s third goalkeeper. Robin van Persie showed he might not be up to the task of carrying the team and push it forward when it counts, has he executed a penalty kick poorly during the first half, when the battle was not entirely lost.


New skipper... missing from the spot



It was the ‘Gunners’ biggest defeat since 1896, when Loughborough Town recorded an 8-0 victory[1].


Arsenal have collected a single point from their three Barclays Premier League Matches so far; some fans are looking at Arsène Wenger demanding answers but all he seems to have are apologies.


I can only apologise for the score it hurts very much.  The fans were great and I feel sorry for them. They do not want to see their team like that. We can only apologise and come back in our strength and desire in the next game: Arsène Wenger.


The club, however, seems to be willing to do more for the fans.  Arsenal has announced it will be writing to fans who travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday with an offer to cover the cost of a match ticket at a future Barclays Premier League away game.


Sunday’s result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the Club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details: AFC.

August 28th, 2011.



[1] The Sun.


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