Unai Emery says both sides deserved a draw after Arsenal and Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw on a wet night at Old Trafford.
Scott McTominay broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time as United broke from a Gunners corner but the hosts were pegged back before the hour-mark when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, played in on goal by Bukayo Saka, dinked over David de Gea. The referee’s assistant initially ruled the Gabon international offside but the goal was given after a VAR review.
After the match, Emery admitted that his side struggled at times, but might have won it had they showed more composure in front of goal.
“It’s not the best result but I think that draw is fair for the two teams after 90 minutes,” he told Sky Sports.
“The first half, for example, they were pressing a lot but we controlled the match with good positioning, we didn’t let them have chances.
“Then at the end of the first half we let them have three transitions and on the third they got a goal. It was when we were controlling the match with the ball better.
“In the second half, we were speaking in the dressing room about being calm and the aim was to score one goal and after to try again to find our moment to win the match.
“After our goal, little by little, they imposed themselves and pushed with their supporters. We struggled.
“Also, we had good chances with Bukayo and Reiss Nelson, after the good action with Willock, to score the second goal. Also they had chances to score. At the end, I think a draw is deserved for both sides.”
The boss also saved a word for Saka who impressed on his first away start in the Premier League.
“He is mature, very young, but mature,” said Emery. “Also, that progress, we’re watching each match.
“It’s important for him and for us.”