Timid. The first 25 minutes were a self appeasing display of tackles being missed, players left unmarked, passing lanes left uncontested. The result, Man Utd had ample space to roam. Credit goes to them as they seized the moment. Tevez was an absolute beast. John O’Shea was left totally unchallenged to score his goal as the Arsenal defense reacted either ineffectively or remained rooted to the spot. It could have been much worse if it was not for some stellar keeping by Almunia. In contrast, Van Der Saar was rarely challenged.
Man Utd gets the win but what makes it more challenging for Arsenal is how they got the win. This is not good for an Arsenal team that struggled with self assurance throughout the match. Adebayor was horribly ineffective, Fabregas was wasted in the second striker role, Nasri was invisible, and Gibbs had his hands full with Ronaldo and Tevez.