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Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: Three mistakes Arteta made at Old Trafford

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Arsenal suffered a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford last night and the loss is a hard one to take.

The Gunners started the game really well. We were on top for the first 20 minutes, but things changed quickly for no apparent reason, and the Red Devils punished us.

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Bruno Fernandes cancelled out Emile Smith Rowe’s opener before Cristiano Ronaldo doubled their lead. Martin Odegaard brought us back into the game, but he conceded a penalty soon after and the Portuguese superstar converted that without any mistake.

Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: 3 mistakes Arteta made at Old Trafford

Change in midfield

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey had formed a brilliant partnership together in the middle of the park, but Arteta decided to drop the young Belgian for Mohamed Elneny last night.

To be fair to the Egyptian, he didn’t play badly at all. He was arguably better than Partey, but the one thing he doesn’t have in his game is creativity. Lokonga would’ve been a much better option, but Arteta decided otherwise.

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One of Arteta’s biggest criticisms since he was appointed as the Arsenal manager is his use of substitutes. Very rarely has the Gunners boss got the timing of his substitutions right – last night was no different.

Arteta waited until the 70th minute to bring on Bukayo Saka, while Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette were only given the last 11 minutes. Things could’ve been really different if those changes were made a little while before they actually were.

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Arteta fully trusts his skipper and rightly so. However, there are times when tough decisions have to be made, and last night should’ve been when Aubameyang was dropped from the starting eleven.

The Gabon star is going through a really bad spell at the moment. Although he tries really hard, it’s just not happening for him. He offers next to nothing when he’s not scoring goals, which hurts us, especially at difficult places like Old Trafford.

Arteta should’ve been bold and dropped Aubameyang last night.

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