Arsenal succumbed to a very predictable defeat at Old Trafford as Wenger’s were humbled once again on Saturday.

It may be fair to argue that it was Arsenal who really humbled themselves, because their show against last season’s runners-up was that of a side so intimidated that they lost the game before it even began.

Indeed, the scoreline flattered the Gunners who were spared by some poor finishing from the hosts – including a missed penalty from Rooney which failed to give United a 2-0 advantage going into the break – after Van Persie had scored with his first touch of the game following Vermaelen’s disastrous error after just two minutes.

The Gunners returned from half-time with some fight but they failed to throw a solid punch and so Evra sealed the argument with a second for United. Jack Wilshere was then sent off for a second booking but Santi Cazorla snatched a fantastic consolation goal with the last kick of the game.

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