Arsenal fell to their first away defeat since the North London derby last season at Manchester United this afternoon.
The Gunners went down 1-0 thanks to a goal from former forward Robin van Persie, in a frustrating afternoon where clear chances for the North Londoners were hard to come by.
The day didn’t start well for Arsenal with the news that Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky were both sent home suffering with illness and in reflection they could have made the difference.
As a result, Aaron Ramsey moved over to the right hand side with Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta taking up two central positions, protecting the defence.
The good news is that the Gunners stay top of the Premier League with a small gap, but they would have loved the opportunity to put the current Premier League champions further out of the title race.
Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil all had decent chances during the game but the Gunners weren’t able to make the most of their prolonged periods of pressure.
Wenger made changes in the second half as the side looked for a little creativity with Jack Wilshere coming on and Serge Gnabry inserted to inject a little pace out wide. However, the goal never came.
The performance was personified by Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner failing to get on the end of a late cross, with the ball rolling across the United penalty area and out of play.
Arsene Wenger has a chance to think over the international break but it’s important to remember that the Gunners have still been the best side in the country this season for several reasons.
Arsenal have two Premier League matches against Southampton and Cardiff City after the international break and a clash against Marseille in the Champions League sandwiched in between.
Arsenal then have big matches against Chelsea and Manchester City to follow in December.
Here’s what Gunners made of the result on Twitter.
Still got Walcott, Podolski, Ox and Diaby all to come back and we obviously missed Mertesacker and Rosicky today. Exciting times ahead! #AFC— Matty Philpott (@Matty_Philpott1) November 10, 2013
Our team looked lethargic today. Still have podolski Walcott & the Ox to come back. Not making excuses, it is what it is. #afc— Warren gÖÖner G (@warrengriffiths) November 10, 2013
We had no urgency today...hardly any movement, and united played their game of the season and were fired up!! Can't win em all #AFC— jrake (@THEREAL_JAKE) November 10, 2013
Arsenal could of got something out of that game but didn't take there chances. #AFC— Liam Edwards (@EddieisNo1) November 10, 2013
Positive from today was Vermaelen played well. Have to move on and regroup and get some players back #AFC— Dhiren Sudra (@Sudra04) November 10, 2013
This international break comes at a good time as we nee to get Theo Walcott Podolski and The Ox all back fit! #AFC— Gordon (@Arsenal_Supremo) November 10, 2013
I like Giroud, but he looked a bit listless today. We need an additional striker to share the burden. Bendtner appears hopeless. #AFC— Spencer Leffel (@SpencerLeffel) November 10, 2013