Arsenal destroys Man United and gives Mikel Arteta the first victory
LONDON: Mikel Arteta he got everything he asked for in his first victory as Arsenal manager with an unbridled first 45 minutes of the Gunners getting a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Emirates.
Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the goals to secure only a second victory in 16 games.
Arsenal started the game three times as many points off the top four as the relegation zone, but a first home win in 87 days hauls Arteta's men up to 10th and within four points of United in fifth.
I am very satisfied with the performance, I am even more satisfied with the result, Arteta said after his third game in charge. Everything I wanted to see in the field, I saw tonight.
There were signs of encouragement for Arsenal in Arteta's home debut against Chelsea on Sunday when only a late collapse saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat.
However, this time the hosts saw the game as a lousy performance by United raised new questions about their chances of finishing in the top four.
We are currently suffering from maintaining that intensity level of the first halves, Arteta added.
That will come, but I also liked the resistance they showed. I liked watching them suffer together.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were again stripped of Paul Pogba, who faces another month after an operation for a problematic ankle injury that has kept him out for most of the season.
Pogba's absence is still evident in United's inability to create when he is denied the opportunity to fight back and could not recover after falling behind from the beginning.
After scoring the first goal, they seemed to have a lot of energy, Solskjaer said.
They were the best team. They were aggressive, recovered the ball and it was difficult to remove the ball.
For the first time Arsenal started with all of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil together in attack and Arteta's bold election paid dividends in eight minutes.
Pepe scored only his second Premier league Open game goal from a £ 72 million move by Lille when he swept the cross of Sead Kolasinac in the back pole.
Suddenly, the Ivorian was filled with confidence when he turned and turned to Luke Shaw before crossing to Aubameyang to make a volley.
Lacazette then rolled Harry Maguire easily in one night to forget the world's most expensive defender before launching his shot through the goal.
David De Gea It is another of the most experienced stars of United who suffers an alarming fall in form and a bad authorization from the Spanish offered another view of goal to Pepe, whose long-range attack returned from the post.
Arsenal 's first half dominance was rewarded with a second goal before the half-time interval as De Gea could only palm Lacazette's header from a corner back into the danger area and Sokratis pounced to fire into the roof of the net.
As the energy levels of the hosts fell from the first 45 frantic minutes, United were allowed to dictate the game, but did not have the cunning to make their possession count.
Andreas Pereira had the best chance of giving United a lifeline, but he shot the side net from the clever reverse pass of Nemanja Matic.
We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things, said Arsenal defender David Luiz.