What a bitty game, it never really got going and seemed to have nil nil stamped all over it, to give credit where it is due, it was a truly fantastic finish from Park who is one of the few United players who is not a despicable human being. The fact that we so rarely threatened the United goal was rather obvious and also rather concerning.
Firstly I think Arsene got the tactics and line up wrong. I would have started Nasri centrally in the midfield three, I would have had Theo wide right and I would have told Arshavin to stay on the left and not roam around all over the shop. We were so slack with possession and there just wasn't enough attacking width. Another option would have been to play a more 4-4-2 style system with RVP behind Chamakh. It was pretty obvious that very few of our midfield and attacking players delivered,
Having said that it was a fairly tight game overall, United shaded it on chances, but not by much. The big positive must be Szczesny's outstanding showing, he looks the real deal and an Arsenal no1 for years ahead for me. It was just extremely disappointing to not take advantage of a United side that really looked like they were there for the taking, the problem was that we just weren't good enough to do it on the night.
The officiating was toilet standard and a large part of that was down to Howard Webb's rank incompetence. His one sided handing out of yellow cards to Arsenal players was beyond belief, at the same time he let far worse go from Manure players, a Vidic tackle on Chamakh in the first half springs to mind. The penalty was also an absolute joke decision, even if it did brush Clichy's arm then it was never a deliberate handball, a very very poor decision.
The biggest joke was the fact that Darren Fletcher basically shoved Howard Webb in a blatant act of dissent in the first half. It was a clear red card offence, he barged the bloody referee, yet the media will ignore this and sweep it under the carpet. It flabbergasts me that a player can do this on television in front of millions and he gets away with it. Rooney told various officials to f*ck off without punishment again. It's one rule for Manure and one rule for everyone else in this regard, the balance is just tilted that little bit in their favour year in year out and it allows them to squeeze a few points where other teams would not.
I will analyse things more thoroughly in the next few days, my initial thoughts are that this result was just more of the same, we had an off day I know, but there have been too many of these, maybe we just had a few too many small technical ball players on show and there wasn't quite the right balance of pace, power, technique and skill on show. Anyway just to finish on a positive, Wojciech Szczesny is a legend in the making. Also how enjoyable was it to see that ugly uneducated chav Wayne Rooney miss that penalty, priceless, I would rather never win a trophy that support a team that is made up of a majority of such c*nts.