Mikel Arteta admitted that there were aspects of Arsenal’s performance which were costly, but in general the manager was pleased with how his team played in the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford today.
Two goals from Marcus Rashford and one from some other twat whose name I can’t remember now or be arsed to look up even though it would be quicker than writing this sentence, gave the home side the win.
However, the Gunners were on top for the majority of the game and the scoreline flattered United.
Asked if this defeat might have a negative impact on his team’s confidence, Arteta snapped, “It won’t happen. That won’t happen because the performance is there, and we know what we lacked today.
“The details to lose the game are here and you have a very different performance with the same result is how I want to take it because then you are questioning your level, and I don’t think there is any question of the level there.”
The Spaniard wasn’t blind to the faults though, and gave his analysis of the goals we conceded and the inability to turn dominance into goals.
“We lacked discipline and we conceded the first goal when it was an action with Bruno and three vs three in the backline and we don’t follow our principles and we concede the goal, which was two against one,” he said.
“After that it was all us, chance after chance, dominating the game and imposing ourselves in the way that we want to play. I said at half-time to the boys: ‘the game is there for the taking. If we play with even more courage and we’re going to win the game.’
“We went to 1-1 and we should have been 2-1 or 3-1, and in the best moment again we gave them all away in a dangerous area and on top of that we stepped in when we can never do that again.
“We suffered the goal and it’s a big lesson. If you want to win here you have to do everything so right and especially if you don’t do it there, then in the opponent’s goal with the amount of chances that we created we needed to score more goals.”
We’ve scored so many rebounds this season, which is good and I’ll take them all, but I hope we start to score a few more ‘cleaner’ goals.
We went to Old Trafford and dominated them. Winning would have boosted our confidence but the loss won’t dent it. We lost cause we were over-confident and played with super high defensive line after we scored the equalizer. There was only one side that played with swagger and structure (most of the times!) and it wasn’t United.
We just need to win against Everton and smaller teams like Tottenham in our next few games and we will be alright.
We have scored some cleaner goals bit VAR won’t let them count: Martineli against United, Jesus against Leicester.
Still the youngest team in the league, a game like this will be a huge learning opportunity. They’re only going to get better. COYG!
For me,how we react to this defeat will show how the mentality have changed.City lost games last season but they always return,guns blazing.Let’s do same while correcting our mistakes.
Not very disappointed as the performance was good but I wonder why don’t we ever cause such upsets. Why are we always at the receiving end of such upsets
Maybe because we are more of a proactive team rather than a reactive one, we want to be ahead and I think it plays on “we don’t like chasing!” I mean both should be there with one target is to win. Out of above 3 we have 2, we need to bring in the chasing element to be top. That said we are still the leaders and should hold our head up and look at the bigger picture. Let’s beat Everton and move on, I hope PL starters get some rest in the midweek.
Bent refs its not that hard to see.
I gave you the upvote becoz it does GENERALLY feels that way….but then I recalled the 4-2 win against Chelsea last season…and tot it would be remiss of me not to single it out.
Against Man U at Old Trafford is always a huge tasks cos we all know the referee will always give all the dubious calls to United. Nothing has and will ever change.
Arsenal have been caught by the sucker punch and MA fell for it.
Wenger refused to change his attacking style in eArsenal 4 NU 0
The magpies drew 4-4
Aston Villa nullified MC who play a similar style.
Ma must learn
That’s the spirit, Mikel.
Time to close ranks around the Emirates, pull up the drawbridge and fuck the rest of the football world, who take so much pleasure from our misfortune and complain when we have good cause to celebrate.
Fuck the lot of them!
The proof will be the performance (and goal tally – we need to get those two elements lined up) against Everton. A really good result will do the job.
Not Miki’s best decision at 2-1 down to put 3 subs on, Eddie i get but we lost momentum afterwards, had he not changed things we could of at least nicked a point, think Miki got out thought by whats his name, Utd played liked an away team on the their own turf and got result, lessons to be learnt, Saka’s best game this season, Martinelli, Zichenko, Jesus brilliant, take this one on the chin as i haven’t seen us play with so much confidence & talent for a long time away even though we have been impressive in our… Read more »