I will laugh at United, whose arrogance was the cornerstone of their destruction. Bernd Leno named and shamed Lingard’s celebration after the cup-tie as feeding his desire to hand them a lesson they won’t forget. There’s something of Lehmann festering in the German goalkeeper’s soul and long may it stay there.
Overall, it was an outstanding team effort. Everyone stood up to be counted and United didn’t cope with that attitude. The visitors had good chances in the first half/ Lukaku hit the ball into the ground and onto the bar; there’s only one may who scores goals that way. Fred rattled the post but Arsenal defended stoutly.
Lukaku found Leno an unbreakable barrier, to the extent that it was a toss-up between the German and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for Man of the Match. While AMN has a mistake or two in him, it’s more reassuring that Mustafi who makes
Unai Emery ‘went for it’ with his team selection. A back three with Xhaka and Ramsey in the middle, while Ozil wafted around the pitch creating. Lacazette didn’t score in his sixth consecutive home game but he certainly gets credited with a big assist for Aubameyang’s penalty. Not in the foul; Bunter Moss’ unimpeded view of the incident ended with the right decision being made.
Talk The Talk
However, as pep talks go, Lacazette’s to PEA is up there with the best. So too the penalty; De Gea’s anguished meant he knew Aubameyang tucked him up like a kipper. It takes some bottle not to leather a kick after missing one in as big a match the week before.
Not that the Spaniard enjoyed his afternoon. Granit Xhaka’s shot moved in the air a little but De Gea saw it all the way. But monumental misjudgement on his part saw the ball float into the net before he sat on his haunches blaming the Pope, Parliament and Brexit for his mistake.
Understandably, Unai was a bit chuffed at out-thinking
Sir Alex Ferguson Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
I think we’re improving and also I think we’re being competitive in different matches, away from home and against different teams. We responded and sometimes you’ve seen different systems and different players, but above all, we can feel today very proud of every player. Above all, I want to say thank you to our supporters because they helped us a lot and we can create a big atmosphere like today for the next matches and for Thursday. I think it’s very important. The players did very well with a very big spirit and a big commitment for the work we’ve done.Unai Emery is a tad pleased…
Only a pitch invader marred the afternoon. Fuelled, no doubt, by the bravery of the twat who lamped Jack Grealish and some fizzy pop, there is a knee-jerk reaction building to having stadia closed, fences return and cattle prods for stewards, although one of them was hooked at Birmingham so maybe that’s not a good idea. Two brave lads whose parents are looking at them this morning and thinking they knew he should have been a blow job.