Mikel Arteta had already bristled through the first couple of minutes of his news conference after Arsenal's 100% Premier League record this season went up in smoke on a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.
He lamented the "soft" VAR decision to penalise Martin Odegaard for a foul on Christian Eriksen in the build-up to what Gabriel Martinelli thought was a 12th-minute opening goal.
Arteta felt the "game was there for the taking" for the league leaders, before criticising his players' lack of "discipline" in defence and "ruthlessness" in attack.
When one reporter asked whether there would be a lingering effect, however, the coach sprung to his team's defence, spitting back an answer almost before the question was finished.
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"If you have a very different performance with the same result it is a hard one to take because you are questioning your level. It is not a question of our level."
Despite his distaste for the question in the immediate aftermath of defeat, it is one Arteta had better get used to as it will remain on many people's lips. It'll be there before the midweek trip to FC Zurich and next Sunday's match with Everton.
Even if those games are negotiated effectively, such enquiries will follow the next setback when it arrives, especially if it does so against a fellow member of the Premier League's 'big six'.
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The final years of messi jordan jersey Arsene Wenger — think about the understandable excitement when dazzling talents such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez landed in north London — and those heady days of "We've got our Arsenal back" under Unai Emery were littered with such about-turns. Arsenal looked like they were ready to compete for the biggest honours again until, of course, they demonstrated they absolutely weren't.
There was even a bit of this under Arteta last season. After a dreadful start to the campaign, they went eight games unbeaten, only to then lose three of the next four, including a thumping at Anfield and an all-too-familiar loss at Old Trafford.
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For all that their fans rightly enjoyed singing about being top of the league in Manchester, top four remains the target for Arsenal. And it is absolutely achievable.
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Gabriel Jesus was once again relentless at Old Trafford, his joust with Lisandro Martinez one of the most absorbing aspects of a compelling contest. The diminutive United centre-back is expected by some to struggle against Premier League giants this season, but he is unlikely to get a more thorough examination over 90 minutes than the one he received from a Brazilian no more than a couple of inches taller than him.
The idea that Jesus is a player transformed since leaving Manchester City has been overblown. He was and remains a fine player, who is a prisoner of his own morale. The 25-year-old's confid messi soccer shirt youth ence is high at the moment and he is relishing being a senior man.
Jesus created five chances for team-mates, won 13 duels and completed three dribbles — all game-high returns on those metrics. Alas, he could not find his fourth goal of the season b new psg away shirt ut if he possessed razor-like cutting edge, he would probably still be at City.
Just like Martin Odegaard, who created four chances, might still be at Real Madrid if he could be relied upon to take the sort of glorious opportunity Jesus crafted for him before Saka's equaliser. But they're not, they're at Arsenal and it's very much Arteta's gain. Players just shy of the top table can collectively haul the Gunners' seat back up to it.
A slick team structure will also help. Erik ten Hag spoke of United having to adapt to his "automatisms" and, despite the result, there were long stretches of the game when Arsenal understandably looked like the team far more in tune with their coach. Saka was a deserved goalscorer as he played with an irresistible swagger throughout. Odegaard pulling the strings behind the effervescent trio of Jesus, Saka and Martinelli should yield far more hits than misses.
psg goalkeeper shirts Right now, it is not a question of Arsenal's level. Arteta and his star performers must ensure that remains the case as the nights grow longer amid the unpredictability of an English season like no other.