Gunners composed and controlled but lacking the cutting edge

Arsenal controlled proceedings for much of the game but were missing the thrust and opportunism to make the possession count.
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Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger maintains there is not a great deal difference between the two sides offensively however the telling difference was the Gunners inability to make their superiority count.

The pitter-patter of rain falling down at Old Trafford in the second half resembled the rhythmic passing of Arsenal but without enough potency to penetrate the United defence. Fabregas dictated from deep while Van Persie battled vainly upfront but lacked the support to play around him. A switch for Arshavin behind the forward could have mixed things up a bit with the Russian’s close control allowing for defenders to be pulled out of their zones. As it was, Arshavin failed to make enough impact though it wasn’t without perseverance.

To be fair to Arsenal, United had many men behind the ball and with a defence which had gone the longest without conceding a goal in the league’s history, it was always going to be difficult.Van Persie should have done better with a header while Fabregas hit the post but the resilient defending of Ferguson’s men ensured the point that was needed was secured.

Arsenal also did themselves proud defensively also and with Denilson protecting the back four, they looked a better unit. Calm positionally while also keeping the ball rolling, the Brazilian once again came to the fore in the big game with a thoroughly efficient performance. Alex Song brought his form to the backline and seemed to vindicate Wenger’s belief that the Cameroonian’s future lies in central defence. He was assured on the ball while his awareness in front is best suited to the position.

But this season was all about controlling space and being efficienct, making the most out of opportunities and in that case, Manchester United were deserved Champions.

Man Utd: Van der Sar (7), O’Shea (7), Vidic (7), Evans (7), Evra (7), Ronaldo (6), Fletcher (6), Carrick (6), Giggs (6), Rooney (6) (Anderson 90), Tevez (5) (Park 67).
Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Neville, Berbatov, Scholes, Rafael Da Silva.

Arsenal: Fabianski (7), Sagna (6), Toure (7), Song (8), Gibbs (7) (Eboue 76), Nasri (7) (Bendtner 69), Denilson (8)*, Diaby (6), Fabregas (7), Arshavin (6) (Walcott 69), van Persie (7).
Subs Not Used: Mannone, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre.

Booked: van Persie, Arshavin, Fabregas, Nasri, Song Billong.
Att: 75,468
Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Manchester United Team Statistics Arsenal
0 Goals 0
0 1st Half Goals 0
0 Shots on Target 4
6 Shots off Target 4
4 Blocked Shots 6
2 Corners 6
14 Fouls 18
4 Offsides 0
0 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
73.5 Passing Success 83.8
21 Tackles 27
57.1 Tackles Success 59.3
39 Possession 61
255 Accurate Passes 454
60 Bad Passes 62
40.6 Territorial Advantage 59.4
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4 thoughts on “Gunners composed and controlled but lacking the cutting edge

  1. Denilson was awesome yesterday, I don’t know why some fans seem to hate the guy. He has done a good job considering it was his first season. And talk of the guy not being creative enough, 8 assists and 4 goals is pretty good isn’t it. definitely my man of the match also yesterday

  2. Denilson and Song were both excellent. Nasri’s game seems to also have matured significantly. It seems like the fact that it was the first season playing with any sort of seriousness in the Arsenal first team for these players is overlooked. I wouldn’t be surprised if any one of these players had a standout season next year. Song to solve the problems in central defense? Also anyone have any idea why Diaby’s performance have been so consistently poor recently?

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