Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Why we lost to Manchester United - Wenger

Why we lost to Manchester United - Wenger

Defender Chris Smalling added: "You come out before a game saying you need to get off to a good start, but that's the best start I think we've ever had".

David de Gea's lightning reflexes have been beyond doubt for some time now but with Arsenal's shot-count hitting 15 on target, it was clear when all was said and done who José Mourinho's side were indebted to.

With United leading 2-1 at the time, De Gea made a remarkable double save to deny Lacazette's low half-volley and Alexis Sanchez's effort on the follow-up.

Only Tim Krul - for Newcastle against Tottenham in 2013 - and Vito Mannone - for Sunderland at Chelsea in 2014 - have recorded 14 saves in a game since Opta began gathering this piece of data in 2003-04.

De Gea made an awesome pair of stops on Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in the 56th minute.

And the 24-year-old enjoyed a successful first season back at Old Trafford as United tasted success in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.

"What I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world", said Mourinho, who said he "did not know" what to make of Pogba's dismissal and would leave it to the television pundits to decide.

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"I loved the way my team played and fought, but I have also to say that Arsenal played in some periods incredible attacking football".

Despite the strength of United's counter-attacking and defensive display, the brunt of the attention was fixated on Arsenal's failure to capitalise on their consistent domination and understandably, the fans collectively voiced their frustrations with their team's result, despite the strong performance they put in over the ninety minutes.

"But I have to say that my players deserve all the great words - I don't know so many more in English. David was unbelievable. When they had the two or three clear chances David was there so we are very happy".

City restored their eight-point gap over United on Sunday thanks to David Silva's late victor against West Ham at the Etihad.

They comfortably held on despite Paul Pogba being sent off for a unsafe challenge late on, punishing Arsenal for early defensive mistakes. We were not decisive enough.

"It was a big blow to go 2-0 so early on - especially at home".

"We played well but there is nothing more frustrating when you have that quality of performance and nothing to show for it at the end".

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