If you didn’t watch the Arsenal vs Manchester United derby and you just saw the final score, 1-3, you may be left with the impression that the visitors… threw a party on the pitch of the Emirates Stadium, but that was definitely not the case.
Despite being 2-0 down we should have come back – we had enough chances. We produced excellent quality, but were not decisive enough
Arsene Wenger told BBC soon after the final whistle, looking back on the 90 minutes, most of which his Arsenal seemed and were indeed in control.
I think we didn’t start well at all at the back and we are guilty of that. Psychlogically it was a big blow to go 2-0 down so early on – especially at home. We were too on the edge mentally maybe – you cannot be in a game like that
the Frenchman said, referring to the fact that the Gunners were 2-0 down just 11 minutes into the game(!).
The Arsenal manager didn’t neglect paying his respects to David de Gea, United’s goalkeeper, easily the guy who gets most of the credit for the Red Devils’ triumph in London, having made a series of impressive saves.
It was a mystery yes, to not score more, but David De Gea was man of the match by a clear mile
Wenger said. Arsenal made it 1-2 early in the second half with yet another Alexandre Lacazette goal, but conceded again, and while playing with an extra man after the 74th minute, they failed again to seize the opportunity presented to them.