When Manchester United smashed eight goals past Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal


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Danny Welbeck celebrates his goal against Arsenal in the 8-2 thrashing (Courtesy manutd.com)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Manchester United will face Arsenal at Old Trafford on September 4.
  • Arsenal have won their opening five games so far.
  • The Gunners have won 1 of their last 15 games at Old Trafford.
Matchweek 6 of the 2022/23 Premier League season will witness one of the biggest and most historic rivalries in league history. Manchester United are set to take on Arsenal at their Old Trafford ground in Manchester on September 4 (Sunday). This will be the first time managers Erik ten Hag and Mikel Arteta will face each other in history.

Manchester United have started their Premier League campaign this season on a shaky note, having been beaten in two consecutive games in rather humiliating fashion by Brighton and Brentford. However, since then Erik ten Hag’s men have produced something of a mini turnaround, winning three games in a row against Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have enjoyed the best start to the Premier League season since the departure of Arsene Wenger. They have won their opening five games and lead the standings with 15 points.

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However, Arsenal’s record at Manchester United is not the best. No team has beaten the Gunners more than the Red Devils in Premier League history. In fact, Arsenal have won just one of their last 15 games at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

In the 2011/12 season, Arsenal failed to score wins in both games as Manchester United defended their title. Therefore, Arsene Wenger had to win against the Red Devils to start their season. However, what followed was utter humiliation.

In the 22nd minute of the game, Danny Welbeck opened the scoring for Manchester United with a superb header. Minutes later, Arsenal’s Robin van Persie missed a penalty and couldn’t equalise. Then Ashley Young scored from a curled shot from outside the box, to set up his first goal for Manchester United and make it 2-0.

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In the 41st minute, Wayne Rooney scored his 150th goal for Manchester United as he scored from a superb free-kick as the scoreline was 3-0. Arsenal, however, fell one goal thanks to a strike from Theo Walcott just before half-time.

Rooney scored from another free-kick in the 67th minute to set up his second and fourth goal of the game for United. Three minutes later, Rooney netted an assist as Nani netted Manchester United’s fifth goal of the game. Substitute Park Ji-Sung then joined the party as he scored to make it 6-1 in favor of United. Robin van Persie then scored for Arsenal, but then all hope was lost.

United then inflicted further damage as Wayne Rooney scored a penalty to complete his hat-trick before Ashley Young scored his second goal of the night to end the game 8-2. Carl Jenkinson received a red card in the game, adding to the Gunners’ miseries.

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It was Arsenal’s heaviest defeat in 84 years, and also the second time in history that they have conceded eight goals in a game since 1896. It is also the heaviest defeat inflicted on Arsenal in the era of the Premier League, and the record stands to this date.

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