Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on Martinelli, Elneny and Man Utd defeats

Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United (Image: Arsenal Media)

Mikel Arteta singled out Gabriel Martinelli’s ‘threat’ for praise after Arsenalfail first Manchester United at Old Trafford and admitted his side had lost ‘control’ of the Premier League game.

Emile Smith Rowe’s controversial opening goal saw the Gunners take a well-deserved lead on Thursday night, but Arsenal’s grip on the game loosened after they took the lead and Bruno Fernandes equalized for the hosts at half-time. .

Cristiano Ronaldo then put Manchester United ahead after a period of time, before Arsenal equalized thanks to Martin Odegaard.

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While Arsenal left Old Trafford empty-handed, Arteta said he was ‘satisfied’ with ‘a lot’ of what he saw and chose Brazilian striker Martinelli to commend him.

Martinelli has had a poor season so far – scoring just once in 11 appearances – but is a regular threat to the Reds and provided the assist for Odegaard’s goal.

Gabriel Martinelli impressed for the Gunners in the loss to Old Trafford (Image: Getty)

Arteta talks about Martinelli. ‘He had a big chance in the first half, and maybe he should play on.

‘He created assists, he worked incredibly hard and he had some really good moments – he looked like a threat.’

Speaking more generally of Arsenal’s defeat, Arteta added: ‘That’s what it happens to be. If you concede 3 goals at Old Trafford, it is very difficult to get the desired result.

‘I am very disappointed with the goals we conceded But we have come a long way since the game at Anfield. We were able to sustain higher intervals for longer periods of time.

Arsenal scored twice but still left the Theater of Dreams empty-handed (Image: Getty)

‘When we are in control, we are better structured and create opportunities. When the score is 2-2, we need motivation to get the win.

‘There’s a lot of things that I like about the game. I like the behavior of individuals.

‘When you score two goals at Old Trafford you expect to get something out of the game and it’s a pity, but it’s our fault.

‘When you watch the game you will say we deserved more but that’s what happens with this quality of the opponent.’

Arteta also explained why he chose to start Mohamed Elneny instead of Albert Sambi Lokonga, telling reporters: ‘[To be able] to play a player like him, given the experience he has played in this arena.

‘He played really well last year when he also played here. He’s the way he’s coached, and the way he behaves, and because I believe sometimes we have to turn things around for the game. ‘

Arsenal’s defeat meant they finished fifth in the Premier League and missed their chance to beat West Ham and claim a Champions League spot.

Arteta’s side will recover on Monday night when they visit Everton, who have gone eight games without a win and have beaten 4-1 by Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday.

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