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Arsenal's Wenger Says They Showed Great Heart Even Though They Lost

posted 10 Nov 2013, 14:55 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Nov 2013, 14:56 ]

 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 10, 2013) (REUTERS) - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's soaring first-half header secured a 1-0 win over his old club Arsenal on Sunday (November 10) that pricked the visitors' bubble and thrust the champions back into the Premier League title race.

The Old Trafford defeat checked Arsenal's breakaway and left them with 25 points from 11 matches, two clear of Liverpool who thrashed Fulham 4-0 on Saturday, with United moving up to fifth place on 20.

Arsenal's Old Trafford trip was a litmus test for both sides, with the North Londoners arriving as the form team eager to end years of hurt at United and charge 11 points clear of old rivals under new management.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said they missed too many opportunities.

"We lost too many balls and we rushed our game in the first half. In the second half when we played our game we played in one half and they counter-attacked a few times, but we did not find the opportunity to equalise. We had the opportunities, but we missed always a few inches to push the ball in the net and they were well focussed to defend and defend and try to catch us on the break, it happened once or twice in the game. But overall it is disappointing to, to lose the game like that because I think we had the opportunity at least to get a draw out of this game today," said the Frenchman.

He said it was a tight game and he was proud of his players for having "great heart".

"Once again it was a tight game that has been decided on a set piece. That's, what you keep from this game. We, we knew that that could happen, but after that we had a go and we gave absolutely everything until the last minute. This team has a great heart, so I feel sorry for my players tonight," said Wenger.