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Mikel Arteta offer’s scathing verdict on wasteful Arsenal strikers after loss 3-1 to United



After Arsenal’s 3-1 loss against Manchester United, manager Mikel Arteta criticized his team’s lack of ruthlessness.

At Old Trafford, the Gunners had their moments of dominance but ultimately left empty-handed. Arteta lamented that Arsenal “did not close the game.”

The loss ended Arsenal’s winning streak of five straight Premier League games. Only three of their 16 efforts versus United were on target.

I am quite disappointed to have lost the game, especially considering how the game played out over the course of 95 minutes. There were certainly significant times when we dominated and controlled everything.

We created chance after chance but did not close the game. When they have free time and space, they will hurt you at any time.

“They had three significant opportunities and scored three goals; we had several opportunities and failed to score enough goals.”

The first 18 minutes of the game were difficult for us and we struggled to maintain control, but after that, it was all us.

With the score at 1-1, Arsenal appeared to have a chance to at least tie the game, but they gave United too much room, and Marcus Rashford took advantage by scoring a brace.

“After 1-1, it was all us,” Arteta stated. One pass gets them through after we lose the ball in a particularly challenging spot and play the ball somewhere we shouldn’t.

Arteta also objected to the decision to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s goal because Martin Odegaard had fouled Christian Eriksen.

Mikel Arteta

Arteta highlighted his displeasure with the “lack of consistency” in officiating decisions and said Arsenal ought to have been awarded a penalty for a challenge on Bukayo Saka.

A lack of consistency, Arteta observed. One is soft, and they fouled Aaron last week, but it was only a soft mistake. Bukayo committed a soft foul, but it wasn’t a penalty.

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Pundits say Gabriel Martinelli’s goal at Old Trafford wasn’t a foul, should have stood

It is a foul today. Because they wanted to maintain a threshold in a crucial game, there were numerous heavy tackles in the opening exchanges, but you could see there was no yellow card. quite challenging to comprehend.

On Thursday, Arsenal will play Zurich away in the Europa League, followed three days later by a home match against Everton in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta