Eight-star United destroy Gunners
Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick as Manchester United went goals crazy with a thumping 8-2 victory over beleaguered Arsenal at Old Trafford.
How the 10 goals went in
1-0 Danny Welbeck (22 mins)
2-0 Ashley Young (28)
3-0 Wayne Rooney (41)
3-1 Theo Walcott (45)
4-1 Wayne Rooney (64)
5-1 Nani (67)
6-1 Ji-Sung Park (70)
6-2 Robin van Persie (74)
7-2 Wayne Rooney (82)
8-2 Ashley Young (93)
ROO BEAUTY ... United mob hat-trick hero Wayne
Here we go: Danny Welbeck (right) lifts the ball over Wojciech Szczesny to open the scoring at Old Trafford
Denied: David De Gea saves Robin Van Persie's penalty to keep United in the lead at Old Trafford
Peach: Ashley Young curls the ball home to double United's advantage as they take control against Arsenal
Three and easy: Wayne Rooney bends home a free kick to put United three up against Arsenal
Who's a clever boy? Rooney of celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with team mate Anderson
Five star: Nani salutes the crowd after putting United further in front against Arsenal
Joy of six: Park Ji-sung (right) piles on the misery for Arsenal with yet another goal
Hat-trick hero: Rooney slots home a penalty to score his third, and United's seventh
WAYNE ROONEY hit a hat-trick as Manchester United destroyed Arsenal in a relentless demolition of their once title rivals.
Danny Welbeck, Nani, Ji-Sung Park and an Ashley Young double completed the rout for Alex Ferguson's side.
Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie replied for the Gunners, who also had Carl Jenkinson sent off.
The hammering leaves under-pressure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feeling the heat after a shambolic summer.
United gave the Frenchman's inexperienced team a taste of what was to come within in the first five minutes.
Tom Cleverley and Rooney warmed up with sighters before Young threaded in Welbeck who fired wide.
Arsenal simply could not get their passing game together as the home side dominated.
It was only a matter of time before the visitors' defence was breached with Welbeck punishing them in the 22nd minute.
Laurent Koscielny's header fell to Anderson outside the box who chipped back in towards his striker.
Johan Djourou and Koscielny were outmuscled and Welbeck nodded past the stranded Wojciech Szczesny.
But totally against the run of play, Van Persie had the chance to bring Arsenal level from the spot.
Walcott had his heel clipped by Jonny Evans and referee Howard Webb gave the England winger the benefit of the doubt.
However, Van Persie's effort was saved as David de Gea dived low to his right to easily palm the ball away.
In a frantic spell, United doubled their lead with a sublime curling effort from Young.
The wide man, signed this summer from Aston Villa, turned Francis Coquelin inside-out before bending the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.
Even with two thirds of the match left, it looked like it was already game over for Arsenal.
And when Rooney struck with a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box, you would have expected them to throw the towel in.
Yet, on the stroke of half time, Walcott gave the Gunners a lifeline.
Patrice Evra's poor clearance was punished as Walcott sprinted into the box, latched on to the ball and shot through De Gea's legs.
The Spanish keeper faced criticism after individual errors in the Community Shield and on the opening day against West Brom.
And despite his penalty save, there are still questions for the 20-year-old to answer.
What isn't in doubt is the quality of their outfield players.
The relentless pressure of the first half continued into the second with Young testing Szczesny and Nani arrogantly chipping over as Rooney was better placed.
The only real quality from Arsenal was coming from their captain Van Persie who was denied by De Gea with a first-time volley.
Andrey Arshavin, who was booked in the first half and treading a fine line, fluffed a chance as he ran 40 yards into the area before pulling his shot wide.
Gunners fans' continuous defiant chants of 'we love you Arsenal, we do' could not inspire their side, nor hide their defensive frailties.
Cleverley should have slotted past Szczesny but his effort was easily saved. Young, Nani and Javier Hernandez also tried their luck.
The attacking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced defensive midfielder Coquelin for his debut.
But it will be one he will want to forget as the first action he saw was Rooney curling another sumptuous free-kick past Szczesny.
Within minutes, United had their fifth. Smalling raced into the Arsenal half, found Rooney who played in Nani to cheekly chip the ball in.
It was Nani's last action as he and Anderson were taken off with Ryan Giggs and Park coming on.
But United's attack was constant. Rooney was denied a hat-trick when his audacious effort beat Szczesny only to rebound off the post.
Park was next to get on the scoresheet as his low shot squirmed through the legs of Djourou into the bottom corner.
With the game wide open, chances were coming thick and fast. Van Persie grabbed Arsenal's second from Carl Jenkinson's deep cross.
De Gea then stood up to the test of Walcott's long-range drive.
But at the other end, Jenkinson's afternoon went from bad to worse as he picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Hernandez.
United hadn't stopped there though and when Evra was fouled by Walcott, Rooney was more than happy to hammer home his hat-trick.
And Young sealed Arsenal's misery with an EIGHTH in added time.
THREE AND EASY ... Wayne Rooney clutches the hat-trick ball after the match