Arsenal FC produced a scintillating performance to overwhelm in-form Manchester United 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday as the Gunners moved up to second in the Premier League table.
United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds.
Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.
United improved after the break but Arsenal substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the crossbar late on.
After the match, the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger heaped so much praise on his team, saying they didn’t give their opponents any chance to score.
“We did not give them any chances to score and that was vital. We surprised them with our start.
“From Petr Cech to Theo Walcott we only had superb performances. I have managed many strong teams and never had one that played 60 games at the same level. You have to accept that we are human beings.
“I’ve been at the club for 19 years and I know what you want is a strong response in a big game when you have a big disappointment.
“We are in it, we are two points off the league leaders, Manchester City, so I hope that result today will give us belief to fight for it.”
On the contrary, Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal bemoaned the poor performance of his team, saying he has never seen them perform this way.
“It was a very bad start, without aggression and the will to win. That is the first time I have seen that from my team. I did not expect that.
“We have won our last four matches – I gave the players a day off because they were tired. On Saturday the training was normal, I was very amazed to see that.
“When you give a team like Arsenal so much space to play football, then you know that you shall lose.
“But all teams will have a dip.”
Meanwhile, in the early kick-off of the day, Liverpool FC and Everton played out the sixth draw in their last seven meetings as a fiercely-contested Merseyside derby finished 1-1.
Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign at Watford on 17 October, while United face Everton at Goodison Park on the same date.