Arsenal absolutely tore Manchester United apart 3-0 on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice, while the impressive Mesut Ozil added another as the Gunners got their biggest win over their rivals since 2001.
The win lifts the Arsenal above United into second place in the Premier League table on goal difference, and leaves them just two points adrift of pacesetters Manchester City ahead of the two-week international break.
All three goals came inside the opening 20 minutes of an incredible first half in North London, as Arsenal put on a display all-too-rarely seen so far this season to blow their opponents away.
Sanchez was the first player to breach David de Gea’s net, flicking home Mesut Ozil’s cross at the near post to put his side on their way. That came just 74 seconds before Ozil got his own name on the scoresheet to double the Gunners’ tally in a similar clinical fashion, with the Germany international coolly slotting Theo Walcott’s slide-rule pass beyond a stationary De Gea.
It marked the first time that Arsenal had scored twice against their great rivals in a top-flight game since 2011, and left the rattled visitors with a real mountain to climb in the remainder of the contest.
Only once before in Premier League history had United conceded two goals in a shorter time frame and, while they did show signs of growing into the match a little more, it soon became even worse for Louis van Gaal’s men.