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Wenger Disappointed With Defence

After suffering only his second loss of the season since their opening day to defeat to Aston Villa, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits it was a bitter pill to swallow losing 1-0 to Manchester United on Sunday.

A solitary headed goal from Robin Van Persie at a corner-kick handed the Red Devils the win and Wenger bemoaned the fact that his side conceded from at a set-piece and couldn’t take their chances in front of goal.

“It is difficult to lose the game the way we did,” said Wenger.

“But overall to sum it up - we conceded a goal to a set-piece and in a big game that can make the difference.

“In the first half we were too nervous and rushed our game too much, and lost too many balls and did not track the ball and on the corner the goal came from one of these balls.

“The second half we had a real go and played our usual game and we came very, very, very close many times to score, but we have to digest it and come back after the break in a strong way.

“The heart was in the game, the desire was there - maybe a bit too much in the first-half.”

Per Mertesacker missed the game with a virus, but Wenger insisted that the German's absence was not the reason for the conceding from a corner.

“You can't answer that, you will never know,” said Wenger when questioned about Mertesacker’s absence.

He did go on to say that his defence had a solid game besides from conceding the goal.

“Overall I believe [Thomas] Vermaelan (who replaced Mertesacker) had a very good game and he was told only this morning he was coming in, and for me he led the line very well and he was all right.”

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