Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of old foes Manchester United.
He said the following:
Winning run at an end – what did you make of today?
[It’s] really disappointing to lose the game, especially after what happened throughout 95 minutes. We had big periods where we were dominant, in complete control … creating chance after chance but we didn’t close the game. If you leave open spaces in those moments, they’re going to hurt you
Was it a case of not closing the game out or not defending that cost you?
Both. In both boxes was the big difference. They had three big chances and score three goals, we had chance after chance and didn’t score enough goals.
Even when 1-0 down you were still comfortable…
The first 18 minutes we struggled and we didn’t control the game. After that, it was all us and after 1-1 it was all us. We gave the ball away in a difficult place and one pass and they were through.
What’s your opinion on the overturned goal?
Inconsistency. What is soft? Last week, we had a foul on Aaron (Ramsdale) that was soft, but wasn’t given, and foul on Bukayo (Saka) that was soft, but it’s not a penalty. Then today another soft [challenge] and it’s a foul.
From the first action there were some strong tackles, but no yellow card because they want to put the threshold up because it’s a big game, so really difficult to understand.
Did the triple sub make the team more open?
I don’t think so. The way we were playing, we have the same numbers in the backline against the the players they had. Maybe different profiles [of players], but I don’t think that was the case.
Biggest frustration from today?
That we should come here and win the game … because of the performance, the way the boys played and dominated the game. When you come here and you are on top, you have to win the game.
So more vindicated than disappointed?