Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger believes his side couldn’t hold their nerves at key moments in the narrow 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. In a game which was labelled “a very tough test”, both teams couldn’t afford to lose and with the Gunners having not won at Old Trafford for seven years, Wenger believes recent results at Manchester United made his side a little more nervous than usual.
“Its disappointing to lose the game the way we lost it. I felt that we were a bit nervous at the start of the game and didn’t play our game against a team of Manchester who was nervous, a bit insecure and we gave them a little bit of comfort by making the mistake at the first set-piece – or the second.
“After that we lost too many balls and we rushed our game in the first half. In the second half when we played our game we played in one half and they counter-attacked a few times but we didn’t find the opportunity to equalise. We had the opportunities but we missed always a few inches to push the ball in the net.
“They were well focused to defend and defend and then try to catch us on the break – that happened once or twice in the game. Overall it’s disappointing to lose the game like that because I think we had the opportunity at least to get a draw out of this game”.
That proved exactly to be the case as the Red Devils ensured their home support were at the loudest of voices, trying to intimidate the visitors.
The London club tried to match the intensity and desire shown by their Manchester counterparts, but were in shock when they conceded their 1st set-piece of the season, as Robin Van Persie headed home from a Wayne Rooney corner.