Gunners Shoot Selves in Foot; Hand Red Devils the Bloody Win

Published on 25-Nov-2014 by srijan213

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Gunners Shoot Selves in Foot; Hand Red Devils the Bloody Win

All Manchester United needed to do was stay out of the way, and three points fell into its lap.

Of course, it helped that Red Devils 'keeper David de Gea got in the way on occasion.

It also helped that Arsenal was an equal-opportunity scorer, hitting net for each side at the Etihad on Sat 22 Nov, as United came away with a somewhat ironic 2-1 result.

It may be a different sport, but Arsenal had much in common with Happy Gilmour:

The Gunners posted 23 shots, but only nine on net while watching the Devils go only 1-for-2 and walk away with the victory.

In fact, United’s first shot on target put them 2-0 up against the hosts, who had already donated Kieran Gibbs' own-goal. It was Wayne Rooney with the strike, securing his status as the opponent who's scored most against the Gunners. A golfer couldn't have chipped one better with a wedge:

Arsenal pulled one back very late, as Oliver GIroud netted a stunning volley.

Perhaps the most amazing stat was Robert van Persie's meager 13 touches -- and only two passes -- during the entire match. This hardly went unnoticed by the Red Devils' travelling contingent, who must surely have wondered if the ex-Gunner was confused as to which team colors he was wearing.

United now hang onto the Premiership's fourth spot with others right on their tail, while Arsenal sit on eighth, their worst start since 1982.