Arsenal should have been like Manchester United, says ex-Gunner

Former Arsenal record scorer Ian Wright wishes the Gunners had demolished Marseille in the manner United dispatched Leverkusen last night.

Arsenal may have dominated possession last night against Marseille (67 per cent), but despite scoring after just 33 seconds could add to the scoreline just one more time.

In all, after Wilshere's opener, Arsenal had just four more shots on target - one of which was Mesut Ozil's missed penalty.

In a match where Arsenal could have really been three or four up by half-time if they had really had to be, they cantered through it and let the French side off without being embarrassed.

It was unlike Manchester United, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 away from home, their biggest ever away victory, and a huge morale booster for manager David Moyes and his players.

It was United's biggest win of the season too - although not quite as high as rivals Manchester City have managed in two of their last three home games, 6-0 and 7-0.

Arsenal's biggest win came against Norwich a 4-1 victory, where they played some absolutely sensational football, with Jack Wilshere on the scoresheet in that one too.

Clearly though, for a team with the potential to be as dominant as Arsenal, they could be punishing teams more. That's what ITV pundit Ian Wright was arguing on Tuesday night, pushing the line that Wenger's men could have sent a scary message to the rest of Europe by dispatching Marseille by a big figure.

After United's win, Wright was back on Twitter, reinforcing that view - praising United's ruthlessness, adding that the team he watched the previous evening, the Gunners, should have been the same.



We would probably take issue with Leverkusen being described as a 'poor team', Sami Hyypia's team are second in the Bundesliga, but last night they really did look it.

The second thing we would add, is that while Arsenal did not kick on last night and hit Marseille for four, five, or six, they have that sort of result in them - and it's probably not too far off.

While not wanting to underestimate any opponent, the December 4 fixture at home to Hull City looks a tasty one, with Steve Bruce's side losing at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend.

It could be just the sort of fixture Arsenal need to rack up the goals, ahead of a tricky month where they face Everton, Napoli, Manchester City, and Chelsea in successive fixtures.

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