Morning all.

Mikel Arteta stuck by the old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra yesterday evening as he fielded the same starting eleven for the second match running. If it was because he’d anticipated a tricky game as I did,, he couldn’t have been more wrong. The fixture turned out to be one of the most one sided games of football I’ve watched in a long long time. Perhaps the last time was when Arsenal thrashed Everton 7-0 back in 2005.

The first half was incredible. The football was in my opinion, up there with the best football I’ve seen from an Arsenal team since the early years of Arsene Wenger, perhaps it was even better although the opposition did very little to stand in Arsenal’s way.

Arsenal’s passing was quick, accurate and bamboozling the opposition. Trusty couldn’t get near Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Gabriel Martinelli looked like they were simply enjoying a training session.

Just four minutes into the game, no one could have complained if we’d already taken the lead. Saka had hit the bar, Martinelli had the rebound cleared off the line and Havertz had been just inches away from getting to a Ben White cross. As it happened, we had to be patient… for another minute before Rice found Odegaard and the latter found the back of the net.

Both Saka and Odegaard had opportunities to increase the scoreline but it was an own goal which doubled our lead. Utterly deserved lead by the way. Saka had yet again beat his man down the right, whipped in a horrid cross for the defence to deal with and in attempt to clear, Bogle got it wrong. Mind you, their keeper shouldn’t have let the ball go through his legs in the first place. Not that I’m complaining…..

It was Jakub Kiwior who set up our next goal with Martinelli the scorer. Fifteen minutes gone and Mikel Arteta’s men were 3-0 up against Chris Wilder’s boys. Although boys they were, and are not. Just a group of experienced players who looked lost on the pitch. Chris Wilder, who I doubt will last much longer if things don’t improve for his team, made his first change by adding an additional defender into his team. Yep, that would sort things out….

After a boring ten minutes without a goal, yes, I jest, 3-0 became 4-0. Martinelli was on his way down the left when a Utd player pulled him over. It was the clearest of cynical fouls seen but sensibly, the referee allowed play on with the ball in the possession of Havertz. On he went before firing the ball home. How the Utd player escaped a booking though, I do not know.

Arsenal’s football didn’t relent, the energy level didn’t drop and Utd continued to struggle. Unsurprisingly really because they were taking a battering. Their own fans had seen enough too as many an empty seat was clear to see. I think relegation for them is a certainty.  Mikel Arteta’s team already had Utd by the scruff of the neck, but then went for the jugular. Saka was again involved down the right and it was his cutback which Rice scored from. 5-0.

Saka didn’t appear for the second half as he had a breather, plus, Mikel Arteta has since said he was feeling unwell. Fabio Vieira replaced him on the right. A better cross from him might have ended with a second goal on the night for Martinelli but it was Ben White who scored our sixth and final goal of the game and what a cracker it was too. Havertz was the provider after taking a pass in his stride before knocking the ball to our right back. White made history as the scorer of Arsenal’s 10,000th goal in all competitions.

Yeah, I wasn’t really sure to be fair. I shot obviously, didn’t look where I was shooting and did a little spin, so I didn’t actually see the ball go in. But obviously I heard the crowd and was really excited. I don’t score much, so it’s really nice. – Ben White.

The game kind of drifted after Mikel Arteta made further changes. Thomas Partey made his first appearance for a long time, Gabriel Jesus made his return too and would have scored a wonderful goal had the keeper not made an excellent save. Leandro Trossard also got some minutes as did Cedric Soares. I thought it a shame that Reiss Nelson and ESR didn’t come on from the bench but I suppose three of the substitutes needed to regain their fitness and Soares is our only natural right-back.

The only concern on what was a fantastic night for Arsenal football club was/is the injury to Gabriel Martinelli. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

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