EPL Review: 10 Things Arsenal Fans Learned from Manchester United's Thrashing

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EPL Review: 10 Things Arsenal Fans Learned from Manchester United's Thrashing
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Manchester United eight, Arsenal two: The unbelievable scoreline that these two footballing giants, who were once so fierce and so close, played out at Old Trafford. Manchester United were devastating whilst Arsenal were lacklustre, and that's being kind.

Yet, few could have envisioned such a scoreline and such a destruction by Sir Alex Ferguson's men. Granted, few gave Arsenal much hope as they entered the encounter. Arsene Wenger's squad has been decimated by injuries and suspensions since the 2011/2012 season commenced, and his lineup in comparison to his rivals simply did not have the quality to contest.

But to see a team, which has become such a presence in English and European football, emulate a reserve side was unexpected. There is no denying things have worsened for the Gunners' since their horrible demise late last season.

Captain Cesc Fabregas completed his inevitable move to Barcelona, and Samir Nasri refused to remain at a side "incapable" of securing silverware and departed to Manchester City. These moves ensured the once graceful and efficient Arsenal attack had been taken down a notch.

With Wenger tentative to spend this summer, naturally it has lead to a side considerably weaker, on paper, to that of Arsenal's big-spending rivals. But few can express just quite what occurred for Arsenal on Sunday.

Accepting that suspensions and injuries played a role is certainly true, but no Arsenal side should be quite humiliated in they way Manchester United tore apart Arsene Wenger's young side.

BleacherReport establishes 10 things World Football learned in the 8-2 thrashing.

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