Why we lost to Manchester United - Wenger

Sheri Evans
December 4, 2017

Amazing, phenomenal, fantastic. They deserved three points.

Antonio Valencia pounced on a Laurent Koscielny mistake to put United ahead after only four minutes, before Jesse Lingard finished a fine move involving Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial after forcing Shkodran Mustafi to concede possession. In my case, it's different because I want to win. I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it's possible you have to fight. When you play at home, that can not happen.

"I don't know if you've watched many top-level games but when you have 33 shots at goal in a game of that stature it means that our dominance was top class", Wenger said.

The result left United in second place behind Manchester City before both teams meet next week.

"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". We were too on the edge mentally maybe - you can not be in a game like that.

"I take a lot of positives and I feel sorry for the players, that's why I'm angry".

"We scored two quick goals but at the end of the first half we lost control of the game".

"There were unbelievable individuals performances and collectively we were very strong".

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De Gea, it transpired, matched a Premier League record against Arsenal.

The one negative for United was Paul Pogba's sending off for a studs-up tackle on Hector Bellerin in the 74th minute.

Instead of challenging for the ball, Bellerin made a cricket style kneeling motion and stretched out a leg which Pogba then stood on.

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Speaking about the 24-year-old, he said: "He played well". Everything is very good and we are going to find our best form very soon.

"We are second in the table. David was wonderful. When they had the two or three clear chances David was there so we are very happy". "In big matches you need goalkeepers to be there for you when the team needs [them]".

"We didn't start well at all at the back but overall our performance was, for patches, absolutely brilliant", he told BBC Sport.

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