Arsene Wenger saw his side lose 3-1 to Man Utd on Saturday, but he thinks that Arsenal didn’t deserve the defeat. The stats back up his claim that Arsenal were unlucky losers, but the scoreline says otherwise. The Gunners dominated possession, had 13 shots on target and 12 corners. Man Utd had 4 shots on target, resulting in 3 goals, and just 1 corner. It was a clinical display by the Mancunians who were helped by an inspired performance by David De Gea.
Arsene Wenger Angry
Wenger spoke to the press after the Utd match and he said: “I believe the game today, it has to make us angry and even more determined. If I am a player, and I think with what we produced today, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game. We cannot accept that. That’s what you want, the players have produced a quality performance.”
On De Gea, Wenger stated: “He is an outstanding goalkeeper, I don’t want to take anything away. But we had situations, despite De Gea, we should have scored. When the performance is of that quality, we have to be efficient. We are in this job to be efficient, you know. So I blame first myself.”
“The spirit of the players, the attitude and quality of our combinations were top class. But we have the experience to get better out of a game like that, you know. I take a lot of positives and I feel sorry for the players, that’s why I’m angry. When you produce the quality of performance we produced. We have lost games here against Man United where we didn’t deserve anything.”
Same Old Arsenal
Arsenal’s frailties against their top 6 rivals resurfaced vs Man Utd. A home win vs Spurs was viewed by many as a turning point, but after Saturday’s loss Arsenal are back to square one. Arsene Wenger needs to channel his anger in the right way, or it could be another year without Champions League football at The Emirates.