Remember high school physics class, with the iron shavings attracting to a magnet?
Romelu Lukaku is the magnet.
Three Arsenal defenders sprinting at him, seven in total drifting his way.
As if he’s Messi, as if he’s Iniesta, as if he’s the best damn player in the world.
What are they thinking?
How we see lukaku vs how arsenal players see him pic.twitter.com/sJoZoFbIvm
— Slow🚥 (@muazzamberjoga) January 26, 2019
Romelu Lukaku, the unfit, weight-gaining, out of form Belgian striker…
Playing the Arsenal defense for fools.
Spotting the little diagonal run from Alexis Sánchez, faking a shot with a body feint, and then leading him to goal with the misdirection through pass.
And that defense.
That awful, impulsive defense…
— ABMN (@lexxbuddymoh) January 26, 2019
Here it is again, from another angle:
So it’s hard to understand, seeing a brilliant play like this:
Is Arsenal that bad, or Lukaku not as over-the-hill as we all thought?
Here’s his current situation:
LUKAKU! 😲 pic.twitter.com/MGY9JDHJpc
— ARYAN (@unitedaryan) November 26, 2018
But maybe there’s something to it that works, this sudden addition of flesh.
Maybe, like that magnet, it takes on some compelling quality, a can’t look away! for the defense, sucking them in like a—well, a “black” hole may not be the best word choice here, for Lukaku.
But, you know, he sucks them in like “a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it.”
Brilliant long-game strategy, Mr. Lukaku.
Hit the weight room. Hit the cafeteria!
Lukaku has three rolls on the back of his neck and is carving Arsenal's defense up. Unreal.
— Zito (@_Zeets) January 25, 2019
Manchester United went on to win 3-1, after this first goal, knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup. The eighth straight win (in eight games) in this Ole Gunnar Solskjær era…
That smile, that joy, and that quality have finally returned.
“The first thing you talk about is you smile when you’re at Man United, you do enjoy it, because when it’s over, you miss it. It’s about attacking, it’s about pace, power, attacking quickly.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/uqmflB0b9O
— Man United Broadcast (@manutd_brdcast) January 18, 2019
They’re out of the running for the EPL crown, but might just be winning something else:
The most entertaining team to watch this year?