Five talking points from Saturday’s Emirates Stadium clash.
Manchester United claimed an impressive 2-1 win away to Arsenal this weekend to earn their first victory on the road since April and move into the Premier League top four. Here are five observations from the game at the Emirates Stadium…
1) Wenger behind big managers tactically
We may have known this already, but it has been confirmed once again that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is way behind most of Europe’s other top managers in terms of tactics.
While Louis van Gaal tinkered his side’s formation after Arsenal carved Manchester United open for so much of the first half, his opposite number seemingly allowed his team to lose all their shape after going 1-0 down. Even with 30 minutes left on the clock, Arsenal’s defenders were bombing forward and leaving huge spaces for United’s players to hit on the break. A goal on the counter-attack immediately looked inevitable for the visitors, and they could have scored more from those openings than the one they eventually did get through Wayne Rooney.
In games like this, the decisions of the managers can make all the difference, and so it proved here.