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Paul Scholes slams Mikel Arteta and blames Arsenal boss for Man Utd defeat | Football

Paul Scholes criticized Mikel Arteta’s substitutions during Arsenal’s defeat by Man Utd (Image: beIN Sport / PLP)

Paul Scholes blames Mikel Arteta and his ‘shocking’ substitutions for Arsenal’s loss to Manchester United.

The Gunners arrived at Old Trafford in a confident mood after making a flawless start to the new season, winning five games in a row and playing the best football of Arteta’s reign.

Despite dominating much of the game, Arsenal were 2-1 down with 24 minutes to go after Marcus Rashford restored United’s lead shortly after Bukayo Saka’s deserved equalizer.

Instead of consolidating, Arteta went bust and made a risky high-altitude switch that saw Martin Odegaard, Sambi Lokonga and Oleksandr Zinchenko eliminated.

And within seconds of Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah coming into play, Rashford ended the fight with another breakaway goal.

“I found his subs shocking,” Scholes said afterwards. “I thought she was awful. I thought they ruined the game for him.

“I thought they were going great, he didn’t have to change anything. Jeez, they all looked dangerous, Martinelli looked dangerous, I thought Saka looked dangerous. The substitutions seemed to really stop the momentum of the game.

Fabio Vieira made his Arsenal debut against Man Utd at Old Trafford

Fabio Vieira made his Arsenal debut against Man Utd at Old Trafford (Image: Getty)

Instead of accepting that his changes contributed to a first loss of the season, Arteta instead criticized his own players’ lack of courage and discipline.

He said: “We lacked discipline and we conceded the first goal when it was an action with Bruno and three against three in defense and we’re not following our principles and we conceded the goal that was two against one.

“After that, it was just us, chance after chance, dominating the game and asserting ourselves the way we want to play. I said to the boys at half-time: ‘The game is here.

“We play with even more courage and we will win the game.” We went 1-1 and we should have been 2-1 or 3-1 and at the best moment we all gave it up again in a dangerous area and on top of that we stepped in when we could never do that again.

“We suffered the goal and it’s a big lesson.

“If you want to win here you have to do everything right and, above all, if you don’t do it there, then we had to score more goals in the opponent’s goal with the amount of chances we created.”

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