Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford marked Arsenal’s first defeat in the Premier League this year (September 4). Following the outcome, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has pointed to a Mikel Arteta decision as the cause of the Gunners’ low morale.
Arsenal started the match strongly, controlling play and scoring an early goal that was ruled offside for a foul in the buildup. When United’s new addition, Antony, scored the game’s first goal in the 35th minute, the Gunners went behind.
After the restart, The Gunners perfectly reacted by tying the score. Then, while he looked for a victor, Mikel Arteta eliminated Martin Odegaard, Ben White, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The team’s momentum did, however, noticeably wane as Marcus Rashford’s quick-fire double clinched a 3-1 triumph. Scholes claimed that, despite the outcome, Arsenal were the superior team that evening.
According to the Englishman to Premier League Productions, “I don’t think they (Man United) were outstanding” (via HITC). “Devastating in the second half on the counterattack. For the most part, I believe Arsenal was in control of the match.
“The subs for the Gunners were startling. For him, it spoiled the game. I believed they were going quite well. They weren’t required to alter. Jesus seemed to be a threat. Martinelli seemed to be a threat.
Saka appeared to me to be dangerous. The Englishman continued, “Then the substitutions seemed to stop all the momentum of the game.”
When they play Everton at the weekend, they will then try to get back to winning in the Premier League. It will be interesting to see if they can bounce back from the defeat at Old Trafford and win to open their European season.