Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has had his say on his side’s defending against Arsenal, and his comments are statistically inaccurate.

The Gunners faced a tough test against the Red Devils at the Emirates on Sunday, but we passed with flying colours. We scored three against David de Gea and albeit the victory came in dramatic fashion in the 90th minute, we were the dominant side from start to finish.

Ten Hag, however, has made a very different assessment.

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Erik ten Hag makes statistically inaccurate claim about Arsenal

Arsenal started the game against Manchester United really well, but it was the visitors who took the lead through an excellent strike from Marcus Rashford.

The Arsenal sides of the past would’ve probably collapsed after this, but Mikel Arteta’s men are very different, and we got back into the game and picked up a well-deserved 3-2 victory.

Although the scoreline suggests it was a very even game, it was far from it. Stats show Arsenal absolutely battered the Red Devils, but Erik Ten Hag‘s latest comments don’t quite say that.

The Manchester United boss claims his side limited Arsenal to mostly shots from distance. That, however, is not true at all.

Ten Hag said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “I think a lot of games we did very well (defensively), we had a lot of clean sheets. Against Manchester City, we defended very well. In general, against Arsenal, we defended very well.

“I don’t think they get clean shots, there was one time from a free-kick. The rest were shots from cutbacks, shots from distance, defenders from us in between the ball and the goal.”

According to SofaScore, Arsenal had 25 shots at goal on Sunday and 20 of them were from inside the box. The same outlet reveals we boasted an xG of 3.25 – which means we deserved to score the three goals that we did.

We don’t know which game Ten Hag was watching.

Arsenal fans react to Ten Hag’s comments

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal supporters are having a lot of fun mocking Ten Hag’s inaccurate comments.

Here are a few hilarious ones we found on Twitter…

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