Despite coming away from Old Trafford with a point, even the most hardened Arsenal fan would admit it felt like a defeat. The United side we drew with was one of the poorest, makeshift sides in a long time and let’s be honest were there for the taking on Monday night.
The conditions weren’t great in fairness and there were lots of very poor passing and free kicks going wayward as neither side seemed to be able to get into a rhythm due to the rain.
It was United who struck first on the stroke of half time, a deflected shot (of course) leaving Leno flat footed and Arsenal 1-0 down at the break totally against the run of play.
Arsenal improved in the second half and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored our equaliser via VAR. The linesman inexplicably raised his flag despite the pass which put in Aubameyang saw the striker 3 metres ONSIDE.
We had a slice of luck in recent weeks thanks to VAR against Aston Villa, the system and the referee failing to spot a handball in the last minute, but this was a fair call. The goal definitely should have, and did stand and set up a barnstorming finish to the game as both sides went for all three points.
Saka played well again, Xhaka and Luiz were once again liabilities, while Leno made a few good saves to keep us in the game. Aubameyang was head and shoulders above the rest of our players, while Cabellos looked good when he came on. Torriera was disappointing again, however at least he showed up.
Next up for Arsenal is a visit from Standard Liege in the Europa League, let’s hope our half of North London can keep the score below 7. Perhaps 5-1 wasn’t such a bad scoreline after all eh?
After that we face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, where we’ll be hoping to get back to winning ways after our stuttering draw at Old Trafford.