Arsenal have played “so much better” than Manchester United despite a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford, according to Gabriel Jesus.
United’s new signing Antony scored on his Premier League debut and Marcus Rashford scored twice as Erik ten Hag’s side ended Arsenal’s perfect start to the season on Sunday.
Former Ajax winger Antony opened the scoring just after Arsenal ruled out a goal by VAR’s Gabriel Martinelli over a controversial foul on Christian Eriksen.
Arsenal United continued to cause problems despite going behind and equalized through Bukayo Saka on the hour.
But Manchester United quickly restored their lead as Rashford rushed on goal and beat Aaron Ramsdale, and the England striker effectively ended the game with his second of the afternoon ten minutes later.
While the defeat ended Arsenal’s 100 per cent start to the season, Mikel Arteta’s side remain at the top of the Premier League as United move up to fifth after a fourth straight win.
Arsenal striker Jesus said: “The feeling is frustrated because we control the game and we were better than them… and then we just concede.
“But now is the time to learn from it and improve. We’re so good this season, but there’s still things to improve for everyone.
“Everybody’s together and we stick together to the end and that’s it. We came to play against strong opponents and it’s always difficult, it’s the Premier League. So we’re not happy because we played so much better [than United].
“But that’s football, if you don’t go there and kill, you’re going to have a big problem – and that’s what happened today.”
The £50m Arsenal signing, who spent five years at Manchester City, added: “If you look at our team you can see we’re still young. It’s the youngest team in the league, in the toughest league in the world.
“We play so well and then we play against an opponent who is also young but we have to learn from that.
“We have to, like I said, stick together and improve as a team and not think about this one thing. This one is gone.
“We have to learn and do better next time. We play so well, so well, but nobody’s perfect. No team in the world is perfect and we have to play to try to score and not concede.
“It’s football and we do it, but sometimes the opponent has quality too. You come and you can score. I think now our challenge is to improve a lot of things and come back strong.’
Gunners boss Arteta was also keen to draw the positives from Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United but said his side had been taught a “huge lesson”.
“The game was take away,” he said. “We didn’t win it because we lacked a bit of discipline in a few moments and we weren’t reckless enough in front of goal.
“If we play braver, we win the game. It’s a big lesson – if you want to win here you have to do everything right.”
Ten Hag, meanwhile, claimed United’s “team spirit” was crucial as they continued their revival and moved within a point of the top four.
“We’re happy and satisfied with the win, also with the performance against a really good team – they played really well,” he said.
“The spirit of this team, they can handle setbacks so we did it, it’s really great and shows your mentality – we’ve really improved.
“We have the right characters and now it’s about working together, dealing with setbacks but also getting better – we have to stay calm, stay calm and play our game.
“You can see that Arsenal are more cohesive, more routine – but our team spirit brings us the win.”
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