EPL: Things We Learned from Arsenal's Worst Away Loss in More Than a Century

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EPL: Things We Learned from Arsenal's Worst Away Loss in More Than a Century
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: The scoreboard shows the final score of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

My previous article predicting Arsenal would perform poorly was severely criticised by Gooner fans. This article is not expected to receive much appreciation from the Arsenal community, either.

In my earlier article I predicted a red card, fame for Ferguson and shame for Wenger and his team's continued humiliation of North London clubs. Ferguson had been speaking in favour of Wenger over the week, only to deal out a sucker-punch in the end.

Wenger's dreams of creating a Barcelona-style club were laid to rest in the "Theatre of Dreams." As the scoreboard read United—8, Arsenal—2, every Gooner must have realised that it was time to let go of the French manager who had lost his plan.

More than the score, the Gunners' performance suggested lack of world-class quality in their players. The match gave us an outlook into a few things, too.

Firstly, Arsenal need a miracle or a midseason collapse of the top teams to even dream of making the Champions League next season.

Manchester City continued their scintillating open to the season with a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham; Liverpool are the mirror image of their previous selves with each passing match; Chelsea are beginning to settle in after a nervy start to their season; and United are proving to be in top form yet again.

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Compared to these teams, Arsenal are looking to be way behind in both quality and temperament. Failure to lure in some high-profile signings might result in the North London club suffering further humiliation during the rest of the season.

Secondly, Arsene Wenger has lost his plan; it is time for the Gunners to look for a new manager if they wish to qualify for the Europa next season. A League One club would have put up a better fight against the Red Devils than the Gunners did; they surrendered meekly to Rooney & Co. This loss could be the writing on the wall for the fall of Arsene Wenger's reign as Arsenal manager.

Thirdly, Cesc and Nasri's absence was felt heavily today at Old Trafford, where the overrated youngsters, praised so much by Gooners, looked worse than 18-year-olds. Moreover, Vermaelen's absence again made the difference as the Red Devils exploited Arsenal's lack of quality at the back and gave them a thrashing to remember.

New signing Park Chu-Young must be ruing his decision to join the Gunners after watching today's pathetic display.

Lastly, the match yet again proved the supremacy and genius of Ferguson as his young brigade delivered another brilliant performance to validate Sir Alex's trust in them. The likes of Welbeck, Anderson and Cleverly have shown they are more than overrated stars, unlike their North London counterparts.

As a fierce rival fan of Arsenal, it was a splendid weekend for one to watch their cross-city neighbours get humiliated, while their own club registered a comfortable win with promising debuts from two new signings.

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