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Arsenal v Man Utd: An undeserved loss after an amazing performance

Over thirty shots on goal.Fifteen shots on target.Over seventy percent possession.This wasn’t Man United, who won the game.The above stats were ours.This is why the result shouldn’t be too alarming.It is depressing, it is concerning, but we can consider ourselves very unlucky not to have won the game.If it weren’t for the heroics of Man of the Match David De Gea, Jose would have been slinking away with his tail between his legs.Still, we didn’t take the points, and we are now again looking at the top4 from an outside perspective.This game was the complete opposite of what we all expected before kickoff.We all thought the Jose defensive roadshow would pull into The Emirates and park itself up, clogging play and playing for a smash and grab.Instead, the game was the perfect advertisement for the Premier League - aside from the actual result.We cannot blame this on Arsene Wenger. The reason for the loss wasn’t our tactics, nor motivation. It was down to simple errors from Laurent Koscielny and the injured Shkodran Mustafi that we lost the game.That, and the magic of David De Gea.We should have grabbed the points, as our performance aside from the goals we conceded was absolutely fantastic.We ripped United to shreds freely, raining in 15 shots in the first half alone. Lacazette, Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi and Xhaka all had efforts denied by the hands and feet of the United keeper, and we laid siege to the United goal pretty much throughout the game.We had only conceded four goals at home in the entire Premiership season before this game, but we were hit by a sucker punch from Antonio Valencia, aided by Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman’s attempted pass to Sead Kolasinac was cut out by Valencia, who played a one two before finishing past Cech.Our start got worse just seven minutes later. Mustafi dallied, Lingard nicks it, and Lukaku, Martial and Lingard combined to feed the latter who poked the ball in.From there, it was all Arsenal. From the moment the second goal went in up to the halftime whistle, De Gea had a one man mission against our team.The second half began as the first ended, but this time, Lacazette broke De Gea’s resistance. A free-kick was floated in, Ramsey sprung the United offside trap and fed Lacazette who finished well for his eighth goal of the season.We didn’t stop there, and we continued to test United and De Gea. Some of the saves he produced were gravity defying at times. We pummelled Jose’s side, but we forgot to concentrate on United’s dangermen, who punished us.Pogba outmuscled Koscielny, and he squared to Lingard, who from close range, scored and restored the two goal advantage. The goal came from a swift counter attack while we were busy throwing everything at the away team, and it would prove to be the rubberstamp that Jose was looking for, given his wild celebrations.Somehow, United were two goals up and yet we had popped in so many shots, by the law of averages we should have grabbed at least three goals.Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck came on, giving us four strikers on the field, but we couldn’t pierce the United backline again. One of our best performances this season, and yet we lost convincingly in terms of scoreline. There was still time for Welbeck to have a penalty denied and for Paul Pogba to be sent off for a studs up challenge on Hector Bellerin. The number advantage on the pitch didn’t make a difference though, as we continued to probe at Lindelof, Smalling and Rojo with no success.The full time whistle blew and we had failed to keep our position in the league and apply more pressure on the teams above us.We can’t let this result sap our confidence though. With a defensive performance that we have been putting in before this game, and if we maintain our attacking intent, then we will have no problems in defeating most opponents.Let’s keep going and not let this unlucky result derail our excellent play of late.