Frustrated Arsenal see same old defensive frailties exposed in Man Utd defeat


The Spaniard single-handedly kept the Gunners at bay with 14 saves at the Emirates, a joint-record in the Premier League since records began.

It was De Gea, however, who Mourinho singled out for special praise, telling BT Sport, "I told him after the match, what I saw today was the best from a goalkeeper in the world".

"He is very frustrated because everybody knows that Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention, not at all, to be close to a red card".

Arsene Wenger said he felt sorry for his players after they imploded to lose 3-1 against Manchester United at the Emirates.

Pogba set up Antonio Valencia's opening effort before then brushing Laurent Koscielny aside in the second half to leave Jesse Lingard with a tap-in to extend United's lead to 3-1, which would end up being the final score as Jose Mourinho's side did their best to keep up whatever pressure they can on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"I was not even looking in that direction".

But the Telegraph claim Sanchez is also on United's sensor.

Make your voice heard and join the debate at our Islington Gazette Arsenal Facebook page now. "I believe at the back, we didn't start well at all and we put ourselves in a very difficult position".

It's worth noting that they conceded chances in games against Burnley and Huddersfield, but perhaps the £200m+ firepower of United was too hot to handle on a chilly evening in north London.

The decision to play two forwards took Wenger by surprise according to United defender Chris Smalling, and whether the Frenchman was under-prepared or expecting to face a different shape becomes an irrelevance when you see the schoolboy mistakes Arsenal made in the opening few minutes.

"We worked pre-season well and hard about playing sometimes with three at the back, sometimes four. We produced excellent quality, but were not decisive enough", the veteran French boss added. But despite him we should have scored more from 33 shots on goal. It was Alexandre Lacazette's goal that brought more uncertainty into the match, but Lingard's goal sealed an important away win for the Reds.