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With only 3 games left, of what can only been summed up as an crazy mixed up season for the Arsenal. we all knew what had to be done.
3 Points would be enough to see us finish 3rd and guarantee us Champions league next season without the need for he pointless qualifiers.
Now I am not saying for one moment that the task in hand would be an easy one, I dont need to point out that its been a good few years since the Gunners have managed to take the full 3 points away from old trafford.
But the news that Rooney wouldnt be starting, and the fact that this could possably be the worst Utd side we could face in years, made the task seem a little bit more possible.....Or so you would think.
Now I am not one to start moaning and slagging off players, at the end of the day I am a Gooner and I will get behind the team that is picked.
The fact that really it took the Gunners well over the 50 Minute mark to wake up is hardly here or there, we got a point that in hindsight could have been more.
The game started very cagey, and lets be honest, It was utd that was making the most of the chances and looked like it was just a matter of time before the dead lock was broken.
That man Young once again was at the heart of Utd’s goal. Young escaped down the left flank and crossed in a weighted ball over to the far post where Herrera was waiting in acres of space and had time to pick out his spot and volley past Ospina at his near post. With only 15 minutes remaining of the first half most Arsenal fans wold now be praying for the half time whistle to blow, we looked out of shape, our passing was nothing short of awful, and the truth be-known it was the defense that was keeping the traveling Gunners in this tie.
Nothing short of a total turn around for the second half would see the Gunners walk away with anything from this game, and took for the 50th Minute for Arsenal to come alive.
Arsenal needed to step up the tempo and they started to move through the gears, with Alexis firing over the bar in the 51st minute after good work from Giroud.
The France international had the Gunners’ best opening of the game just after the hour mark when he rolled Rojo in the area but scuffed his shot with just De Gea to beat. But Wenger’s side continued to build momentum and moments later Rojo was forced to throw himself in for a last-ditch tackle to deny Ramsey in the area.
Still the pressure built, and the Gunners again came close when Alexis picked out Ramsey with a fine through ball. The Welshman lifted the ball past De Gea but Rojo cleared the ball before the midfielder could fire it into the empty net.
Wilshere and Walcott were introduced for the final push, and it was Walcott who made the difference as he pulled Arsenal level in the 82nd minute. It came as the England international was picked out with a glorious ball, which he took down nicely in the area. With Blackett in close company, Walcott took a touch and drilled it across goal but it deflected off the United defender and into the far corner.
Finally we we looked like an Arsenal side that had the believe and guts to pull this off, With the momentum now with the away side it surly looked like a matter of time before we would nick this and take the 3 points back to London. Sadly this would prove not to be the case, despite a frenetic end to the game and wasted chances by Giroud when firstly he hit the side netting before miscontrolling in the area moments later.
We couldn’t snatch the win and left Manchester with a well earned point.
Personally from me....If we had started this game the way we started the second half we WOULD have came away with the 3 points.......However I am more than happy with the point, we didnt lose, and now only need 1 point from our remaining 2 games and thats enough to see Arsenal finish 3rd with a F.A Cup final only 12 days away....Happy times