Copa Libation–Arsenal v Manchester United

Rooney (bottom right) is mobbed by his United team-mates after putting them 2-0 ahead in the 85th minute

Drink:    Pint of Kronenbourg Blanc and Sweetwater 420

Snack:   Chicken Tenders and French Fries

The old adage “It’s better to be lucky than good” definitely applied to the game today.  United were outplayed for long stretches of the game yet somehow left the Emirates with three points.

Headed down to the Brewhouse where a large crowd gathered for the big game.  LvG reverted to the 3-5-2 from earlier in the season but any formation would have been undone by De Gea’s distribution as he played the ball to Arsenal on several occasions, which allowed the pressure to build.    One of these chances eventually led to a chance by Wilshere and his failure to convert early in the match was a key moment, as it would have given the home side the momentum over an United team that was thoroughly out of sorts.

The visitors came into the match towards the end of the half as they settled down and maintained possession.  Di Maria moved into the middle and was more involved, giving a better performance than recent matches.  Shaw’s injury inserted Young into the match and to be fair, he wasn’t awful, but didn’t give the Reds the dynamism of the transfer from Southampton.

The second half saw the Gunners take control again but poor finishing kept the scores level. Let’s face it if Arsenal had placed any of their shots (Wilshere, Welbeck or Sanchez) to a post this game would have gone to the Gunners.  Eventually United took the lead as Szczesny didn’t do enough on a cross, with the ball falling to Valencia.  Tony did what Tony V does and smashed the ball across the face of goal.  Unfortunately for Arsenal, it ricocheted off Gibbs and opened the scoring.

From there the hosts pressed forward and had United on the ropes.  The equalizer never came and United could have had more than a second as Rooney chipped back up keeper Martinez but Di Maria fluffed his lines.  Giroud made things interesting as he smashed one in but it wasn’t enough.  And can I say that Giroud is fine looking Frenchman with a great head of hair, yet he is tempting fate by doing whatever it is he is doing with his coiffure.

Neither team was particularly good. Wilshere put in a decent shift before his injury; Ramsey was a non factor; and Sanchez did not have the impact I thought he would.  As for the Reds, time is ticking on RvP,   as Wilson came on and played defense, held the ball and caused havoc.  Rooney put in a solid effort, while McNair struggled after several decent performances.

Maybe some of the bad luck and dropped points from previous games got paid back today.  We’ll see.

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