Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal let Manchester United off the hook at Old Trafford

Mikel Arteta feel Arsenal allow Manchester United after the Gunners were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Arteta’s team missed the chance to go fourth in Premier League after taking the lead and then losing to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after closing the score back 2-2.

Arsenal manager Arteta felt the away team were the better team in the long games but then paid the price for a number of mistakes.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored United’s goal at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA)

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“We scored the first goal and then we had perfect control of the game but we started passing some very simple passes in very dangerous areas,” said Arteta.

“We gave them a lot of space, they gained some momentum and we had some difficulties there. We conceded a goal.

“We started the second half well and were in full control but then conceded a goal. We dominated again and scored the second but then we needed the maturity to go on and score the third. We didn’t manage that and they scored again.

“But in reality, conceding three goals at Old Trafford makes it very difficult to get something out of the game.”

Arsenal’s first goal caused a lot of confusion among United players, who thought David De Gea had been fouled (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Arsenal took the lead in a strange situation in the 13th minute when Emile Smith Rowe shot past David De Gea lying on his stomach.

The United keeper thought he had been fouled and his team-mates hoped the game would stop but it looks like he was cut down by his teammate Fred. Goals are allowed to stand after being reviewed by VAR.

“It was a very quick action,” Arteta said. “We don’t know what will happen. They allowed the goal but I have not seen those images again.”

United equalized thanks to Bruno Fernandes and then took the lead with Ronaldo’s first goal of the night. Martin Odegaard leveled for Arsenal but then conceded a penalty allowing Ronaldo to win the match.

When asked about that decision, Arteta said: “VAR has checked it and hopefully it’s the right decision.” Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal let Manchester United off the hook at Old Trafford


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