Unai Emery says he offered Sead Kolasinac words of encouragement after the Bosnian felt himself to blame for Manchester United’s second goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
The left wing-back was culpable for Jessie Lindgard’s equaliser when his half-hearted back pass seemed to catch out Bernd Leno, however, his boss stressed that his defender’s contribution in attack was reason enough to be cheerful.
Kolasinac was a constant outlet for the Gunners in the final third on a night when Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Lacazette (or was it Marcos Rojo?) twice gave the visitors the lead.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the Spaniard said: “No, I’m not frustrated [by the result].
“For example, Sead Kolasinac was coming at the end of the match with his head looking down. I said to him, ‘Sead, you had a very good match. Offensively you give us a lot of circumstances from which we can score.’
“And then, it can happen in defence [his mistake]. You need to continue and above all be positive and learn with this action.”
The draw sees Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 20 games (our best string of results since 2007) but with Sp*rs winning against Southampton, we fall back out of the top four on goal difference. We’re actually level on points with Chelsea who lost to Wolves tonight. There’s certainly some festive cheer in that result.