Competition: English Premier League.
Arsenal: Seaman; Lauren, Campbell, Cygan, Cole; Wiltord (Pennant), Vieira, Gilberto, Toure (Luzhny); Kanu (Jeffers), Henry. Unused Subs: Ljungberg, Shaaban.
Referee: Mr A. Wiley (Burntwood).
Arsenal performance didn't quite match the final outcome of the season, then United's powerless display was a sign of things to come.
Whether or not the mauling had a psychological impact isn't known, but it took
reflected on the final whistle when those fans that hadn't opted for an early
exit rose as one to applaud Arsene Wenger's side from
the pitch. It was possibly the first such reception that has been afforded to a
were ahead after just nine minutes when Kanu finished
off a fine passing move and it was 2-0 on twenty minutes when Kolo Toure scored. Thierry Henry
out-thought, out-fought and out-manoeuvred by a side that
were without several star names yet still looked outstanding. Even Terry Venables had to admit his admiration for Arsenal after
watching the most clinical destruction of a
Arsenal, inspired by the outstanding Sylvain Wiltord, made full use of the flanks and were able to dictate the game from the very first kick. Harry kewell and Alan Smithwere unable to get into their stride and Mark Viduka may as well have been sat in the stands for all he saw of the ball. To their credit United kept battling otherwise the score could have been far worse than 4-1.
was a bombshell to a
wins from eight games there was still few clues as to how the season might pan
out, and indeed things did deteriorate and the irony of it was that on the face
of this match, or should we say mismatch, United were glad that they only had
to face them once more in the season and that was virtually the last game of
the season on 3rd May 2003. as it turned
out the fixture was played on
Kolo Toure heads the second goal
Kanu, Toure and Cole celebrate the first goal††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††Arsene Wenger delivered
†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††a master-class
Kanu leaves Dominic Matteo and Danny Mills in his wake††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††
Lee Bowyer makes a point to the referee as Pascal Cygan and Patrick Vieira look on†††††††††††††††††††
Harry Kewell and Danny Mills have words
Olivier Dacourt gets past Kolo Toure†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Mark Viduka gets past Patrick Vieira
Harry Kewell beats Lauren†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††Lee Bowyer tries an overhead kick as Bakke and Smith watch
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nwanko Kanu (2), Kolo Toure and Thierry Henry scored for Arsenal
Harry Kewell got the United consolation goal††††††††††††† ††††††Olivier Dacourt praised Arsenal††††††††† †††††††††††Freddie Ljungberg was an unused substitute
David Seaman was in goal†††††††††† †††††Lauren was at right-back†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††Ashley Cole was left-back
†††††††††††††††††††††††† Pascal Cygan and Sol Campbell formed the central defence†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††Rami Shaaban was the unused
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††substitute goalkeeper
In midfield Arsenal started with Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva
and Kolo Toure††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nwanko Kanu and Thierry Henry were the strikers
Oleg Luzhny, future United loanee Jermaine Pennant and Francis Jeffers were used substitutes†††††††††††††††††††