Wenger bemoans set-piece goal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not happy to see his side lose at Manchester United to a set-piece.

Last Updated: 11/11/13 at 08:18 Post Comment

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The winner came on 27 minutes when former Gunners star Robin van Persie rose to head home Wayne Rooney's corner.

And Wenger admits it is not good to lose games in that manner.

"It is difficult to lose the game the way we did," he told Sky Sports.

"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," he said when asked whether Mertesacker would have made a difference.

"Overall I believe [Thomas] Vermaelan (who replaced Mertesacker) had a very good game today 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."

Wenger admits he was shocked that they conceded from the set-piece.

"Yes, because we have been strong recently on set-pieces and I was surprised that we got caught on the near post," he said.

"But we have given a lot this week, at Liverpool, Dortmund and today, and I think a draw would have been fair today."

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