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In April last year United ripped Arsenal apart at the Emirates. A two goal lead at half time, a Portuguese winger the star of the show and a consolation goal for the hosts at the end. No one would have predicted the same this time around, but somehow - so poetically- history repeated itself. It did not matter that we had no Rio or Vidic, nor that we played 4-5-1, the players just got on with it and tore Arsenal’s midfield and defence to shreds.

The concourse was buzzing pre-match as a result of Wednesday night’s result. “Wemberley Wemberley they’re not going, they’re not going cos their fucking shite” was the shout to the tune of last year’s song about Istanbul. Just as it reached peak volume, Tevez hit the post against Pompey which we could all see on the screens around the Emirates. Superb. There was also a real anti-Glazer feel with green and gold all around and Arsenal fans outside the ground not understanding it at all! David Gill thinks it will all be forgotten if the team keeps winning, but the noise of the protests even at 3-0 shows he is very very wrong indeed.

Arsenal looked sharp in attack but just could not get a shot on target. Wes Brown looked vulnerable when Arsharvin was running at him, but at the other end Nani was giving Clichy nightmares. Cross after cross went across Arsenal’s box, all being scrambled clear. Until Nani decided to go it alone that is, and his goal was absolutely stunning, wven if they do try and take it away from him. Moments later - when we were still celebrating- there was an exact repeat of the breakaway goal last season and Rooney finished fantastically to put us two up before the break. Fast flowing decisive football is what we have lacked this season, but yesterday it came back in abundance with Nani at the helm. “One more, and you’ll fuck of home” was the cry and we were not wrong - when Park ran half the length of the pitch and slotted home unchallenged the empty seats started to show.

3-0 and it was all over. But the home fans who left early missed half an hour of us mocking them, endless chances for us to make the scoreline even more emphatic, and even their own consolation goal. In fact it was so similar to last season that I am amazed Fltehcer did not get sent off for no reason again.

What a day out that was. The away support in fine form, the team in their best performance for quite a while and a real message to the rest of the league not to count us out.

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