Sunday, 28 August 2011

Wenger must spend to rebuild his depleted squad after Old Trafford mauling


Arsene Wenger's make shift team were consigned to their heavily ever defeat since 1886 when they were beaten at Old Trafford today.

The north Londoners had to bring two players into the defence as Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen were forced out through sickness and illness.

In their place Johan Djourou and Armand Traore were recalled and the Arsenal manager handed a first team debut to Francis Coquelin.

The home team scored their first when Djourou let the ball bounce in his own area. Danny Welbeck out muscled the Swiss international to head over Wojciech Szczesny in the 21st minute.

Arsenal should have been on level terms after the Gunners were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute. Evra taking down Walcott in the area.

However captain Robin van Persie's effort was weak and saved by David De Gea.

Three minutes later United added to their advantage with a shot from Ashley Young.

Wayne Rooney added the home team's third in 41st minute before Theo Walcott put Arsenal into the game with their first goal with Tomas Rosicky putting the ball through.

The Arsenal started the second period brightly and on the front foot and the home team had to wait 20 minutes until they added to the score line.

Rooney added his second and three minutes later it was 5-1 with Rooney putting Nani through who lifted the ball over Szczesny.

Three minutes later it was 6-1 with Ji-Sung Park putting the ball in the back of the net.

Robin van Persie added Arsenal's second after a Carl Jenkinson assist.

Minutes later Jenkinson was off. He brought down Hernandez. From the free kick Rooney put his effort wide.

Wayne Rooney got his hattrick from the penalty spot after Walcott brought Evra down in the area.

In the 90th minute Ashley Young consigned Arsenal to their heaviest ever defeat since 1886.

Now Arsene Wenger and the board have three days to add to this threadbare squad or we could be in for a tough season.

One positive from the match was Arsenal's fantastic away support who never stopped singing.



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