Arshavin blames defensive tactics for Man U defeat

Last Updated: Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 12:32

London: Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin believes negative tactics from his side cost them victory against Manchester United last weekend.
The Russian international put the Gunners ahead with a long-range strike late in the first half, but a Wayne Rooney penalty and an Abou Diaby own goal ensured the Red Devils came from behind to win 2-1 at Old Trafford.

After having had time to reflect on the match, the 28-year-old forward believes his own side are to blame for the failure to earn what would have been a significant three points.

"Why did we lose? Once we scored, the team should not have retreated into our half, but instead should have continued to play our brand of game - to attack the goals of the opponent, rather than play to retain the lead,” Arshavin said.

"In the second half Manchester [United] pressured us a little and this ‘little’ was enough to score two goals against us. After that we started playing again, but it was already not enough.”

He continued, “I am upset with the result – it is three points lost.”

“We suffered a first defeat, which, I think, should just give us additional strength. We will draw our conclusions from how this happened.”

The game resulted in a double blow for Arshavin, who, after hobbling off injured in the closing stages, now misses Russia`s match against Liechtenstein.

First Published: Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 12:32

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