Arsenal defeated Manchester United 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners headed into their clash with United under severe pressure after their midweek defeat to Olympiakos but flew out the traps in astonishing fashion.
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil inside six minutes blew the visitors away, and it was only when United looked to be getting a foot hold in the game that Sanchez added his second before 20 minutes.
As a contest, the game was done but Arsene Wenger’s side still applied plenty of pressure on the counter, prompting Jenas, Ferdinand and Danny Higgingbotham to sing their praises.
"It was a brilliant afternoon for Arsenal, they got exactly what they needed after the disappointment from midweek,” Jenas explained to the BBC.
“The way they came out of the blocks in the first few minutes, they gave United not once chance, they were the far superior side and got what they deserved.”
At the Emirates....been a great day up until now... @manutd please liven up! Arsenal started with intensity in their game I ain't seen in em— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 4, 2015
Arsenal are on another level today. Going forward Manchester United have no answer. Sanchez brilliant.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) octubre 4, 2015
While Arsenal supporters can be hugely satisfied with what they saw against United, questions have to be asked as to why they can’t perform like that every match.
Arsene Wenger alluded to the fact that his players are only humans, stressing that it’s impossible to play at your best for 60 games a season. While he has a point, there is still a sense of frustration.
Against United, the hosts purposely sat back and used the pace of their attackers and space in-front of them to their advantage – a tactic which has too often been ignored in the past.