Frustrated Arsenal see same old defensive frailties exposed in Man Utd defeat

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David De Gea's performance was the "best from a goalkeeper in the world" according to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after his side's thrilling 3-1 win at Arsenal.

"I told him after the match, what I saw today was the best from a goalkeeper in the world".

As for Pogba's dismissal, which will rule him out of the Manchester derby, Mourinho said Arsenal had been fortunate not to go a man down as well following a challenge by Laurent Koscielny on Romelu Lukaku.

By the half-hour mark, Arsenal were by far the dominant side and it was only due to the brilliance of de Gea in goal and Nemanja Matic around the penalty box that United somehow survived a Gunners onslaught till half-time.

On the basis of general play and chances created the Gunners probably didn't deserve to lose the game, but questions should be asked over the familiar defensive vulnerabilities which were shown inside 11 minutes on Saturday evening as United scored twice in quick succession.

The Frenchman applauded his way off the pitch as he prepares for the incoming suspension
The Frenchman applauded his way off the pitch as he prepares for the incoming suspension

Goals from Antonio Valencia and two from Jesse Lingard either side of Lacazette's strike moved second-placed United to within five points of their city rivals.

"The plan was when they have to the ball we all have to defend, starting with the attacking players". I loved the way my team played and fought.

For Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has had an often fractious relationship with Mourinho, there was pride in the way his side recovered from a horror start but ultimately a sense of frustration at their failure to take anything out of the game.

Arsenal had over thirty attempts in the match and De Gea was more than up to the task and delivered a record-tying appearance. We were too on the edge mentally maybe - you can not be in a game like that. We produced excellent quality, but were not decisive enough.

"I'm proud of their attitude and I feel sorry for the players to have given so much and not have any points at the end".

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