Why we lost to Manchester United - Wenger

Jose Mourinho reacts to Arsenal's shock Alexandre Lacazette inclusion

Until Pogba's dismissal, everything had looked flawless for United, for whom David De Gea was outstanding and was beaten only by Alexandre Lacazette just after the interval.

"I think we didn't start well at all at the back and we are guilty of that", Wenger, who has won only twice in 19 clashes with United's manager Jose Mourinho, told reporters.

"I congratulate Arsenal's medical department for taking a player that was a "no" to a full 90 minutes", Mourinho said.

The fly in the ointment for Mourinho was a straight red card for Paul Pogba, which will rule the French powerhouse out of next weekend's crunch derby with Manchester City.

City are five points ahead of United, but can extend that lead to eight if they beat lowly West Ham on Sunday. "A bit disappointed with this colleague, Koscielny, with this kind of reaction", Mourinho said.

"We are second in the table".




The last meeting between the pair was United's visit to the Emirates Stadium in May, when Wenger secured his first league win over Mourinho at the 13th attempt, a 2-0 victory. Arsenal played in some period fantastic attacking football - creating difficulties for us.

In a post-match huddle which also included Jose Mourinho, Thierry Henry and William Gallas, he gestured that it may have been Bellerin's unusual attempt to tackle that was to blame. "What I saw was the best goalkeeper in the world".

"De Gea was man of the match by a clear mile", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Seventy-five percent possession for Arsenal, and 33 shots tell some of that story, yet they lost thanks to wasted chances, the extraordinary goalkeeping of David de Gea and the excellence with which United were able to execute their breakaways.

Even so, Wenger acknowledged Arsenal had only themselves to blame for a loss that effectively ended their title bid.

There was much to admire in Arsenal's attacking play but they never fully recovered after defensive sloppiness allowed Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard to put a livewire United side 2-0 up after 11 minutes. "We worked hard in pre-season about playing sometimes with three at the back, sometimes four", he said. We were not decisive enough.

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