Arsene Wenger has said that he is “angry and disappointed” about Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday night.
United took a 2 – 0 lead within 11 minutes after defensive mistakes by Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi allowed Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard to score.
While Arsenal fought back and Alexandre Lacazette managed to claw one back, the Gunner’s keeper, David de Gea, was forced to keep working and eventually Lingard scored again.
Speaking about the match Wenger said, “At the back we didn’t start well at all. We put ourselves in a very difficult position. Despite that, we had enough chances to come back. When you have 33 shots on goal in a game of that stature, it means our dominance was top class. Our spirit was outstanding, the quality of our performance was outstanding. But I’m angry and disappointed because at the end we have nothing to show for it. In games like that you have to be efficient.”
However, it wasn’t all good news for Manchester United. Paul Pogba was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Hector Bellerin. As a result, he will be absent from next week’s important derby match against Manchester City.
Pogba is a key part of United’s attack and there is no obvious replacement for Jose Mourinho to choose. Furthermore, he may also be without Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, further stretching his midfield options.
Next weekend’s match is now going to be even tougher for United and Pogba’s absence may mean that they have lost the chance to reduce City’s lead.