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Graeme Souness explains why Arsenal are naive after losing to Man Utd | Football

Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season against Manchester United on Sunday (Image: Getty)

Graeme Souness feels Arsenal were exposed as ‘naïve’ after Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United.

The Gunners had beaten Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa and some had tipped them as contenders for the Premier League title but they suffered in the first real test of their credentials with a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford accept defeat.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who have not finished in the top four in the Premier League for six straight seasons, face a big month in October as they take on Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Asked if United’s 3-1 win was a reality check for Arsenal, Souness told TalkSPORT: “Yes. But I think that’s more likely to be the case.

“You will think that they played very well and in parts of the game they did.

“But when they dominate like they were at the start of the second half when I play this game I look at what they have up front with Marcus Rashford with his pace, clever passers, the ball with Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen.

“I think: ‘We’re attacking, we have a lot of possession, but we’re standing directly on the center line with our back four. We need a midfielder who senses danger.

“A couple of times they didn’t, and it cost them a lot. When you control the ball and you’re a midfielder, you have to start thinking about the worst and thinking about the danger. They had a certain naivety.

“I thought she was fabulous with the ball. But they got away with nothing.’

Despite their first defeat of the season, Arsenal remain top of the Premier League after six games.

The Gunners turn their attention to the Europa League in midweek with their opening group game against FC Zürich on Thursday before returning to the top flight with Frank Lampard’s Everton in the Emirates on Sunday.

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