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Mikel Arteta delivers scathing verdict on Arsenal’s wasteful strikers after defeat

‘We had numerous chances and didn’t score enough’: Mikel Arteta delivers scathing judgment on Arsenal’s wasteful strikers but insists Gunners were the better team in Man United defeat

  • Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal for wasting chances in Manchester United defeat
  • Arsenal had dominant periods but in the end they lost 3-1 at Old Trafford
  • Arteta felt Arsenal should have gotten a penalty for a challenge against Bukayo Saka

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has slammed his side’s lack of recklessness after their 3-1 defeat by Manchester United.

The Gunners had periods of dominance at Old Trafford but ended up going pointless, with Arteta lamenting the fact Arsenal “didn’t finish the game”.

Arsenal’s defeat ended a successful start to five consecutive Premier League games. They had 16 shots against United but only three of those were on target.

Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal's lack of recklessness as they lost to Manchester United

Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal’s lack of recklessness as they lost to Manchester United

Arteta said: “I’m really disappointed to have lost the game, especially the way it went in the 95 minutes. We had some big periods where we were totally dominant and in total control. We created chance after chance but didn’t finish the game. Any moment they have leeway, they will hurt you.

“They had three big chances and scored three goals, we have numerous chances and we didn’t score enough goals. We had a period in the first 18 minutes where we struggled and didn’t have control of the game, but after that we were totally ourselves.”

Despite Gabriel Jesus being very lively, Arsenal only managed to score once at Old Trafford

Despite Gabriel Jesus being very lively, Arsenal only managed to score once at Old Trafford

Arsenal looked like they could at least earn a point by going 1-1 but they gave United too much space and Marcus Rashford took advantage as he scored a brace.

Arteta said: “After the 1-1, we were all there. We lose the ball in a really difficult spot and play a ball in an area we don’t have to and a pass and they’re through.’

Arteta also criticized the decision to rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s goal because Martin Odegaard had fouled Christian Eriksen.

Arteta insisted Arsenal should have given a penalty for a foul on Bukayo Saka

Arteta insisted Arsenal should have given a penalty for a foul on Bukayo Saka

Arteta has commented on a “lack of consistency” in refereeing decisions and expressed his belief that Arsenal should have received a penalty for a challenge against Bukayo Saka.

Arteta said: “Lack of consistency. One is soft and last week they fouled Aaron but he’s soft, it’s not a foul. There’s a foul on Bukayo, it’s soft but no penalty. Today it’s a foul. The threshold in the first few actions, there were some strong tackles and you could see there is no yellow card because they want to hold a threshold in a big game. Really hard to understand.’

Arsenal begin Thursday’s Europa League game away against Zürich before taking on Everton at home in the Premier League three days later.

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