Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has blamed Arsenal’s defeat against Manchester United on manager Mikel Arteta’s ‘strange’ second half three substitutions.
Arsenal trailed at the break thanks to Antony’s debut goal for Man United, but the Gunners fought their way back into the contest through Bukayo Saka’s equaliser.
Arteta’s side were punished for their over-exuberance when Marcus Rashford capitalised on a high defensive line in the second half and restored the Red Devils’ lead with 24 minutes remaining.
At that point, Arteta decided to roll the dice, introducing the likes of Fabio Vieira, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe, with Martin Odegaard, Sambi Lokonga and Oleksandr Zinchenko withdrawing from the action.
Arteta’s decision backfired within two minutes as Rashford added his second goal to give Erik ten Hag’s men all three points.
Speaking after the game, Neville also backed Arsenal to finish in the top four position this season.
“They have been fantastic for 70 minutes but a bit of immaturity in the last 20 minutes,” Neville said as quoted by Metro UK.
“I think the substitutions, the three changes, I thought was strange because I thought it’s a bit of a kitchen sink job whereby you could go and get done on the counter-attack which they did.
“I don’t think they needed to do that at that point in the game there was still 20 minutes to go, they were playing really well.
“They were creating chances and Manchester United’s goal on the counter was against the run of play.
“All of a sudden it was a game that was made easier for Manchester United than Arsenal with those subs.
“It might be a strange thing to say when they are on the back of a 3-1 beating but I feel more confident in Arsenal’s top four chances after today than I did in the four or five games before.
“They have been really good and they’ll get the other part of their game right more often than not.”