Unai Emery has said that Manchester United’s clinical finishing was the only difference between the sides tonight following Arsenal’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat at the Emirates.
The Gunners dominated possession, but were picked off on the counter in devastating fashion, with United scoring twice in three first-half minutes, with Arsenal old-boy Alexis Sanchez inevitably ending his goal drought on his first return to the Emirates.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the North London side hope before the break, but they were unable to add a second, before Anthony Martial wrapped up the win after latching onto a parried Paul Pogba strike.
Speaking after the defeat, Unai Emery said that Manchester United were simply more clinical.
“They have been clinical over the 90 minutes. We had chances but couldn’t score and thats the difference,” he told BBC Sport.
“I hope they are not two big injuries. Our gameplan worked well, we had pressure and chances but in the second half we can take some risk.
“The players worked well to win this match but we lost today. We deserved more.”
During the game, Arsenal lost Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny to injuries, with the Spaniard saying that Gunners skipper Koscielny has potentially broken his jaw following the accidental clash with Romelu Lukaku.
“I think we worked well. Our injuries changed our possibility to do something different. When we were 2-1 down we had chances to draw but we didn’t score,” Emery added.
“Sokratis hurt his ankle – I hope not a lot. Koscielny is different. It was maybe a break. I hope not but he’s going to the hospital and we’re going to wait.
“We are taking a lot of big injuries, like Hector Bellerin.
“We played a team in a good moment. We lost this match but I’m happy with our work. The supporters helped us.
“We need to think about the Premier League. We won against Chelsea and are close. We need to push in that competition and we have another important competition in the Europa League.”