Mikel Arteta identifies negligence on the ball and errors in defense as the main reasons leading to Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United.
The Gunners could have broken the deadlock in a contentious situation – Emile Smith Rowe buried the ball in the net while David de Gea lay on the field clutching his ankle – but we appreciated the lead after a A brilliant start at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately, despite promising opportunities to widen our advantage, we let the hosts come back before half-time when Bruno Fernandes came back. Similar strikes from Ronaldo and Martin Odegaard saw the score swing both ways in the second half before the Norwegian’s expensive test of Fred gave Ronaldo the chance to score from the penalty spot as 20 minutes left.
Of our five Premier League defeats, this one was particularly heavy.
“I think we were negligently possessive,” Arteta commented in press conference after the game.
“We gave the ball to the opponent and we didn’t have any pressure there. That creates a strong momentum that allows them to run and they have structure to play – and suddenly we start to put the ball away.
“A lot of unresolvable bugs make them believe they can do something in the game. I don’t see a team with a handbrake, I see a team that wants to impose (themselves) here.
“They dominated, we played with the right structure and the right freedom at the same time. But we didn’t defend well enough in the box and managed some situations well enough to concede the way we did. ”
While there are many positives to take from the game, the fact that we continue our trend of dominating long spells in the game before slowly retreating is a glaring issue.
Asked how he stopped his players from giving up, Arteta said: “I don’t know, it’s very difficult because when you’re in [possession of] the ball, you have to make the decisions – and I want to encourage them to do what they feel like.
“But you know that against those teams you get punished immediately, given the quality and quantity of players they can play against (against) you right away.”
Talking to Arsenal.com, the boss emphasized the need to learn from the game, especially with more rigorous tests ahead.
“We’re here to win football matches and I’m disappointed because I have the feeling that we deserve better,” he said.
“But again, we have to be realistic that if we do what we do in certain moments, the guard in our box is probably one of the best teams in the world, they will punish you because they have too many goals and qualities. to identify those moments and that’s the curve and hopefully the lesson we have to learn from today.”
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