Arsenal boss Arteta responds to Gary Neville after Man Utd comments

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists the best way to respond to critics is on the pitch. The Gunners’ 100 per cent start to the season ended last time out in the Premier League against Manchester United, which led to criticism from the likes of Gary Neville and Roy Keane.

Arsenal were well in the game at Old Trafford when Bukayo Saka equalised on the hour mark. However, two goals on the counter attack from Marcus Rashford sealed a 3-1 win for the Red Devils.

Neville was critical of Arteta’s substitutions in-between United’s second and third goals, which he felt showed naivety. Keane also branded the Spaniard a “sore loser” in his analysis of the match.

But when asked about the pundits’ criticism from that match, Arteta said the best way to prove them wrong is by performing on the pitch. He told Sky Sports: “I think the best way to do it is on the pitch here.

Mikel Arteta reviews Man Utd defeat

“It’s easy talking and giving the writers and give everybody the right reasons to believe something different on the field.” Arteta says small moments cost his side at Old Trafford and he still feels they deserved more from the game.

He added: “After Manchester United, it was very simple. . “I watched the game back and said to the boys: ‘We have deserved to win the game with the way we played – but we gave them two opportunities to do something they are exceptionally good at’.

“That was our fault – and then you have to move on. This is the game at the end of the day – it’s decided in various small fractions of time, moments and details that lead to a football result.

“It can be completely different to what you have earned and our job is to earn the right to win the match. Sometimes it’s margins, errors or decisions that are not in your hands.”

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Neville felt Arteta went too gung-ho too early at 2-1, enabling United to kill the game off through Rashford’s second. He said: “At 2-1, there was no need to go so desperate, so early.

“Arsenal, if they kept on playing the way they were, they’d have got back into the game. As soon as they lost their shape with all those substitutions, United were always going to score that third on the counter-attack.

“Last year, Arsenal, that lack of maturity was the question. They showed in that last 20 minutes a lack of maturity, no doubt.

“I thought they were really good today. I like watching them, they’re better than last season. In that last 20 minutes today, there was naivety.”

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