Arsenal and United played out a tedious 0-0 draw at the Emirates. In a night which saw the fixtures postponed due to inclement weather and Chelsea dropping points on Tuesday, Arsenal failed to capitalise and they remain in second place and ManCity in third with a game in hand.
Was it a point gained or two dropped?
The reaction of the crowd at the final whistle says it all. The defence was much better and Szczesny had to make one brilliant save late in the second half to keep it level.
The match couldn’t have started in the worst possible fashion had the little dutch boy buried a chance when he dispossessed Mikel Arteta. A huge let off for the Gunners.
Both teams struggled to get going and Giroud missed a free header and in these kind of matches the half chances needed to be converted. Van persie beat the offside trap but couldn’t finish on his weaker right foot. The first half was a bit cagey and United closed the channels for Arsenal’s playmakers to operate in.
United hardly exhibited any attacking ambitions. Rarely have United played so defensively and you got to question their ambitions. What more can you expect from a mid table team?
In the second half United made a change when they brought Rio Ferdinand on for Rafael. Mata floated in a free-kick from the left and Carrick flicked it dangerously however no Man Utd player couldn’t apply the final touch.
Referee Mark Clattenberg had a decent game and the only controversial moment was when Vidic felled Giroud but Clattenberg waved away the penalty claims.Seen them given though.
Jack Wilshere needs to be more careful on the ball he was sloppy the entire game and could have cost his team the points. Szczesny had to be alert when Van persie was clean through and Arsenal grew more into the game but lacked invention in the final third.
Sagna produced the cross of the game but Giroud was inches away and any contact would have resulted in a goal. Szczesny made a top class save to keep out a close range header from you know who.
Santi Cazorla then tried shots from distance that tested the goalkeeper and that was it.Mesut Ozil was Arsenal’s main threat and he passed it with purpose and guile, the first time pass to Santi Cazorla in the box was top draw and the German cannot be blamed for lack of movement by the other players. Ozil misses Ramsey and Theo.
How we miss the three in action together.
Arsene then had this to say after the game:
“I felt we were nervous, yes. Where we are usually very dangerous breaking through the middle with speedy passing, Man United defended very well there. we got plenty of crosses in and their experienced players, people like Vidic and Ferdinand in the second half, did very well with that.
“When we tried cut backs they defended well because they had Carrick, who has a lot of experience as well. Man United is a good team who can play against anybody in our league. At the moment they are not where they can be, but you cannot say with the players they on the pitch that they are not quality. They are quality.”
It is two points dropped but the most important thing was to keep the clean sheet and as Arsenal are programmed to attack, the attacking side must definitely improve. Here’s one Gunner hoping that the cannons are fully loaded and firing when Liverpool come to town.
FT: ARSENAL 0 v 0 MANCHESTER UNITED