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    Scorers: Sanchez 6, 20, Ozil 7 | 4 October 2015 | Emirates
    Stadium | Att: 64,084
    It was a day to forget for Manchester United in North
    London on Sunday as three goals in the opening 20
    minutes sealed a 3-0 win for Arsenal.
    The hosts raced in a two-goal lead through Alexis Sanchez
    and Mesut Ozil in the first 10 minutes, before Sanchez
    netted another soon after.
    Having been outplayed for most of the first period, United
    improved after the break and forced Petr Cech into a
    couple of good stops, but the damage had already been
    Louis van Gaal made two changes to the side that came
    from behind to beat Wolfsburg, with Michael Carrick and
    Ashley Young coming in for Morgan Schneiderlin and
    Antonio Valencia. Young came on at right full-back in
    midweek, but having impressed so much down the left last
    term, as a winger and wing-back, he returned to a more
    familiar role, with Matteo Darmian, a starter at left-back for
    the last two games, back in the right-back slot.
    The teams came into the game on the back of contrasting
    Champions League results – United a 2-1 victory over
    Wolfsburg and Arsenal a surprise 3-2 defeat at home to
    Olympiacos. Many pundits wondered how Arsene Wenger’s
    side, who had been heavily criticised along with their
    manager, would respond. The answer in the opening 10
    minutes was emphatically.
    The Gunners came flying out of the blocks and within seven
    minutes were two goals to the good, without some Reds
    even having touched the ball. The first came on six minutes,
    when Ozil worked space down the right and slid a cross in
    for Sanchez to cleverly flick past David De Gea. Sixty
    seconds later, Ozil got himself on the scoresheet with a cool
    side-footed finish after being found by Theo Walcott in a
    sweeping Arsenal move.
    Just as the Reds attempted to get some sort of foothold in
    the game with a bit of possession and pressure on Arsenal’s
    defence, the Gunners made it three. Walcott was involved
    again, finding Sanchez on the edge of the box and, after
    tricking his way past a clutch of defenders, he blasted the
    ball into the top corner to leave the Reds stunned.
    It could have been four just after the half-hour mark when
    Sanchez turned provider for Aaron Ramsey, coming in at
    the back post on the right, but he volleyed wide with the
    goal at his mercy.
    As half-time approached, the Reds were given a glimmer of
    hope with a first opening of the game. Darmian’s ball into
    the area eventually came to Anthony Martial, who
    controlled it and shot on the turn brilliantly, but Cech stuck
    out a leg to block it.
    Possession: Arsenal 47% United 53%
    Shots: Arsenal 7 United 2
    Shots on target: Arsenal 3 United 2
    Corners: Arsenal 2 United 2
    Van Gaal opted to make a double substitution at the start of
    the second period with Antonio Valencia and Marouane
    Fellaini replacing Darmian and Memphis; the changes saw
    Wayne Rooney switch to the left as Fellaini slotted in behind
    The Reds knew a response was needed… and fast. Young
    almost provided it four minutes in when he cut in from the
    left and fired goalwards, but Cech leapt to his right to claim
    the ball. He was called on again just after the hour mark
    when Rooney guided a shot towards the target from the
    edge of the box, but the Arsenal stopper tipped it clear.
    A neat move from the Reds on 68 minutes, involving
    Carrick, Juan Mata and Rooney, led to Bastian
    Schweinsteiger getting through, but Cech was there again to
    block bravely from close-range.
    Arsenal had not been the attacking force they were in the
    first period and seemed content to sit on their lead, but
    they still had the ability to up the tempo when it was
    needed and Ozil almost made it four after another attack of
    pace and precision, only for De Gea to save.
    Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clipped the bar in
    injury-time as the Arsenal fans celebrated what they
    already had. The Reds, meanwhile, will be keen to move on
    from this match as quickly as possible.
    Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal;
    Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil (Oxlade-Chamberlain 74),
    Sanchez (Gibbs 81); Walcott (Giroud 74).
    Subs not used: Ospina, Debuchy, Chambers, Campbell.
    United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian (Valencia
    46), Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Mata (Wilson 82), Rooney,
    Memphis (Fellaini 46), Martial.
    Subs not used: Romero, Jones, McNair, Schneiderlin.

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