One of the games of the season, a Premier League classic between two old rivals, Manchester United stood firm to ensure their mature and savvy performance earned them all three points at the Emirates Stadium.
Here are five things learned from the game at the Emirates:
Jose Mourinho leaves the bus in Manchester
Most expected another defensive performance from Mourinho’s men, but to the surprise of the many Manchester United produced a positive performance away at Arsenal.
The away side were two goals ahead within the first ten minutes of the game, showcasing swift and fluid counter-attacking football to devastating effect.
Arsenal did dominate the game but Manchester United did not park the bus as many anticipated, it was a game in which the Reds went toe-to-toe with a top four rival, something that was not expected at all.
Could this represent a change in Jose Mourinho’s approach to the big games from now on?
Jesse Lingard finds his place in the Manchester United team
Its been a long time coming, but it looks as if Jesse Lingard has found his place in the Manchester United team.
The England international has struggled in the wide positions, but has flourished in the last two games playing in the number ten role.
Three goals in two tough away games has illuminated the rebirth of Lingard in his new position in the team, as well as the driving pacey runs that have given Manchester United a new dimension in the transitional phases of play in games.
Arsenal falter in a big game yet again
Arsenal are well known for faltering in the big games, and the game against United at the Emirates was no different.
To concede two goals within the first ten minutes at home, once again shows a soft mentality from Arsene Wenger’s team.
The spaces in midfield and at the back were gaping, allowing United to run the hosts ragged at times, it shouldn’t be a surprise, as Arsenal set up the same way in most of these big games, and this game showcased more of the same old Arsenal.
Mesut Ozil fails to have an influence
After two positive and much improved performances against Tottenham and Huddersfield, all eyes where on Mesut Ozil, to see if he could have an influence in a titanic clash against Manchester United.
Unfortunately like his team, Ozil lacked composure in his play, and couldn’t find an answer to grab the game by the scruff of the neck for Arsenal.
It was yet another big game in which the Arsenal number 11 could not make the difference nor have an influence on the way the game ended.
Now that’s what you call a football match
Often big games are a big disappointment because the two teams cancel each other out, or there is a lack of quality in the game on the day.
However, this game was a Premier League classic; fast paced, dramatic and full of quality.
Whether it was Manchester United’s swift counter-attacking play, the siege Arsenal had the United goal under, or the heroics of David De Gea in the Reds goal, this game had you on the edge of your seat for the full 90 minutes, and truly showcased what the Premier League is all about.