Arsenal 1 Man United 2: It was one-way traffic and we lost, says Wenger

The Arsenal manager reflects on his side's 2-1 loss to Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger insisted that there were plenty of positives despite watching his Arsenal side slump to a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday.

After a goalless first half largely dominated by Arsenal at The Emirates, Kieran Gibbs deflected Antonio Valencia’s shot into his own goal 10 minutes after the interval.

You have to respect the energy levels we put in

Arsene Wenger

With the Gunners pressing for an equaliser they were caught on the break, with Wayne Rooney adding a second with a chipped finish in the 85th minute to put United in control.

Olivier Giroud marked his comeback from a broken leg with a stunning left-footed strike in stoppage time but United held on to secure the three points.

“It was one-way traffic and we lost the game, we have to take it on the chin,” said Wenger, whose side are eighth in the table.

“I know we’ll be criticised for it but you have to respect the energy levels we put in.

“We paid for the slightest mistake and it’s very frustrating to come away with nothing.

“We had the best chances and we could have finished better. At 1-0 we should have been more cautious not to give the second goal away. There was plenty of time to come back and that’s where we made the mistake.

“In our job when you don’t win, you’re very concerned but there are a lot of positives in this team. If we can keep this going with the quality and the energy levels we have, we can bounce back very quickly.”

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