Most people agree the Gunners were rubbish at Old Trafford

Arsenal must travel to Old Trafford with a sense of trepidation. They haven’t won there in the league for a decade, and hadn’t scored against a Jose Mourinho side in the league for almost as long.

The signs did not make for encouraging reading ahead of kick-off.

And so it was that after a largely dull first half, Arsenal went all Arsenal on us and conceded from a Juan Mata finish.

Deflating stuff for the Gunners, who looked well out of sorts in the weekend’s early kick-off.

But just as hope was fading fast, an Arsenal hero rose from the substitute’s bench and brought them level with just minutes left.

It’s fair to say that most, even Arsenal fans, agreed their side had not been deserving of a point.

In the end, Giroud’s powerful header saved Arsene Wenger from some very difficult questions after the game, but it didn’t erase the memory of a lacklustre performance from the north London side.

They say that gaining a point from a poor performance is the sign of champions…

…but that wasn’t going to wash with Arsenal fans, was it?

United can certainly consider themselves unfortunate, after a game in which they demonstrated improvement.

But Jose Mourinho can still enjoy this particular record.

The rivalry continues.


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