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Arsenal boss Wenger angry at Manchester United loss but defensive errors mean same old story despite valiant effort

PUBLISHED: 17:32 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:47 03 December 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to concede the Premier League title. PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to concede the Premier League title. PA

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A visibly furious Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he was ‘angry and disappointed’ after Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday night.

Costly defensive lapses by defenders Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi let in Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard to make it 2-0 to United only 11 minutes into the match.

Despite a valiant response from the Gunners – and a superb display from Red Devils’ keeper David de Gea who stopped 14 shots including a number of world class saves – it was the same old story from the home side who lost a big match through poor defending.

The defeat means Arsenal have conceded 10 goals in three games against Liverpoool, Manchester City and now Jose Mourinho’s side to once again allow suspicions of the side being ‘flat-track’ bullies – after routing Huddersfield Town 5-0 last week.

However Wenger was angry after the match saying: “I am really disappointed because it was a good performance, but we had nothing to show for it at the end and that is hard to take. We weren’t efficient enough in the areas where it matters. We put ourselves in difficult positions.

“It was not even huge pressing, we didn’t have enough in dictating our fight from the start. Their goalkeeper was absolutely outstanding.

“I don’t want to speak about the referees anymore.

“I am proud of their commitment and attitude, I feel sorry for the players that gave so much but had nothing to show for it with points at the end.”

“I think we didn’t start well at all at the back and we are guilty of that. Despite being 2-0 down we should have come back - we had enough chances. We produced excellent quality, but were not decisive enough.

“Psychologically 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.

“It was a mystery yes (to not score more), but David de Gea was man of the match by a clear mile.

“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. The attitude was impeccable until the end. But you cannot make the mistakes we made at the beginning.”

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