Arsene Wenger 'angry and disappointed' to come away with nothing

Arsene Wenger 'angry and disappointed' to come away with nothing
From ESPN - December 2, 2017

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says he's "angry and disappointed" to come away with a 3-1 loss against Manchester United and lamented his defenders' lack of focus at the start of Saturday's game.

Arsenal trailed 2-0 after 11 minutes as centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi both gave the ball away sloppily, and then saw a valiant comeback effort come up short thanks to a string of stunning saves from David De Gea.

The Gunners dominated much of the match but saw De Gea equal a Premier League record by making 14 saves -- including a vital double stop to deny Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez at 2-1.

Lacazette had pulled one back in the 49th minute of a highly entertaining game, but Jese Lingard clinched the win with his second goal in the 63rd.

Arsenal finished with 33 shots to United's eight, but just could not make up for their early mistakes.

"I do not know if you have watched many top-level shots, but when you have 33 shots on goal in a game of that stature, it means our dominance was top class. But I am angry and disappointed because in the end we have nothing to show for it," Wenger told a news conference.

"I think the quality of our performance was good. We were not decisive enough. And I believe that at the back we did not start well, at all. And we put ourselves in a very difficult position. Despite that, there was enough chances to come back."

The loss ended Arsenal's 12-game home winning streak in the Premier League and featured the kind of sloppy defensive errors that Wenger's team had largely cut out in recent weeks.

Mustafi had to come off injured after the second goal, when he was robbed of the ball after holding on to it for too long, but Wenger said he did not know what was wrong with the German.


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