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Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

Arsenal celebrate
Mesut Ozil scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for the fourth time.

Arsenal stunned Manchester United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes as the Gunners moved up to second in the Premier League table.

United had no answer to Arsenal's opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds.

Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.

United improved after the break but Arsenal substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the crossbar late on.

Defeat leaves Louis van Gaal's side in third place, behind Arsenal on goal difference.

Follow the reaction from the Emirates here.

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Wenger relieves the pressure

Arsenal's Champions League defeat at home to Olympiakos in midweek left them in danger of failing to reach the last 16 and manager Arsene Wenger in the face of heavy criticism.

Wenger was forced to defend his selection of goalkeeper David Ospina, describing recent criticism as "not analysis of football". He also called the press "boring".

But his side were anything but in an opening half which saw them tear Manchester United apart, almost at will.

With their first real attack Sanchez back-heeled in at the near post after good work from Aaron Ramsey and Ozil, and the Germany playmaker then added the second a minute later after Walcott ran at a struggling defence.

Sanchez shrugged Matteo Darmian aside to add his second with a brilliant 18-yard strike which brought up an unwanted record for the visitors, as they conceded three goals in the opening 20 minutes of a Premier League game for the first time.

And it should have been four just after the half-hour mark as Ramsey volleyed wide from close range when completely unmarked.

With the game won, Arsenal failed to repeat their attacking display in the second half until substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain chipped David de Gea and hit the crossbar in injury time.

The Gunners are now just two points behind leaders Manchester City going into a two-week international break which had the potential to be uncomfortable for their fans and for Wenger.

Did Van Gaal get team selection wrong?

Louis van Gaal may have spent over £250m since taking charge at Old Trafford, but he still appears to have glaring holes in his squad.

The decision to play winger Ashley Young at left-back, and the continuing selection of Daley Blind at centre-back, were both exposed by Arsenal's electric start.

Blind played most of his first season at United in a deep midfield role and a lack of pace and strength were both in evidence against Walcott and Sanchez.

First 15 minutes
Arsenal were utterly dominant during the opening 15 minutes.

Even Chris Smalling - who has been lauded for his early season form - was too slow to close down Sanchez as he bent in the third goal after easily outwitting Darmian.

In front of United's ragged back four, partnering Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield also proved an error.

Carrick, 34, and Schweinsteiger, 31, are both masters at keeping possession but in an opening 15 minutes in which Arsenal totally dominated the ball, their lack of pace against the counter-attack was exposed all too easily.

Morgan Schneiderlin - left on the bench - may have been a better option to break up play as Arsenal's Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin bossed the midfield.

The anonymous Memphis Depay and Darmian were hauled off at the break as Marouane Fellaini belatedly stiffened the centre and Wayne Rooney was moved out to the left wing.

The changes worked - as United had 72.5% of second-half possession - but they came far too late to affect the result.

The recalled Petr Cech - who made a good save to deny Anthony Martial just before half-time - saved well from Schweinsteiger late on, but United rarely threatened.

What a weekend for City

Manchester City started the weekend a point behind leaders United, and level on goal difference.

But Arsenal's opening burst, coupled with City's 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle, saw the men in blue open up a two-point lead at the top of the table, eight goals better off than United.

Man of the match: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Alexis Sanchez
The Arsenal forward made it six goals in three games this week and was a tireless menace throughout

Manager reaction

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Our pace surprised United - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"We did not give them any chances to score and that was vital. We surprised them with our start.

"From Petr Cech to Theo Walcott we only had superb performances. I have managed many strong teams and never had one that played 60 games at the same level. You have to accept that we are human beings.

"I've been at the club for 19 years and I know what you want is a strong response in a big game when you have a big disappointment.

"We are in it, we are two points off the league leaders, Manchester City, so I hope that result today will give us belief to fight for it."

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Man Utd lacked will to win - Van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal:

"It was a very bad start, without aggression and the will to win. That is the first time I have seen that from my team. I did not expect that.

"We have won our last four matches - I gave the players a day off because they were tired. On Saturday the training was normal, I was very amazed to see that.

"When you give a team like Arsenal so much space to play football, then you know that you shall lose.

"But all teams will have a dip."

What next?

Both sides have a fortnight off thanks to the upcoming international break. Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign at Watford on 17 October, while United face Everton at Goodison Park on the same date.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 5Gabriel
  • 18Monreal
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 51mins
  • 19Cazorla
  • 16Ramsey
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 75'minutes
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forGibbsat 81'minutes
  • 14WalcottSubstituted forGiroudat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Gibbs
  • 12Giroud
  • 13Ospina
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Chambers
  • 28Campbell

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 36DarmianBooked at 30minsSubstituted forA Valenciaat 45'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 18YoungBooked at 22mins
  • 16Carrick
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 8MataSubstituted forWilsonat 82'minutes
  • 10RooneyBooked at 55mins
  • 7DepaySubstituted forFellainiat 45'minutes
  • 9Martial

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 19Wilson
  • 20Romero
  • 25A Valencia
  • 27Fellaini
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 33McNair
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
60,084

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 3, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Manchester United 0.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín with a through ball.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.

Attempt missed. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Offside, Manchester United. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but James Wilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Juan Mata.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mesut Özil.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Theo Walcott.

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Foul by Michael Carrick (Manchester United).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Daley Blind (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daley Blind (Manchester United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City86021971218
2Arsenal8512137616
3Man Utd8512128416
4Crystal Palace8503117415
5Leicester84311715215
6West Ham84221711614
7Everton8341128413
8Tottenham8341117413
9Southampton83321310312
10Liverpool8332810-212
11Swansea82421010010
12Watford824267-110
13Norwich82331214-29
14Stoke8233810-29
15Bournemouth82241012-28
16Chelsea82241217-58
17West Brom8224611-58
18Aston Villa8116813-54
19Sunderland8035818-103
20Newcastle8035617-113
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