The chances of Arsenal boss Unai Emery winning a trophy in his maiden season with the Gunners has further been narrowed down following his team’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates.

For Emery, poor defending and unexpected injuries to key players contributed a great deal to Arsenal’s loss.

Asked if the Gunners need to improve defensively, especially against the quick counter-attack, Emery said: “Yes, but today, for example, we worked to stop the counter attack.

“I think because they have very big players to do the counter attack in transition. They give us problems for that. We worked well in the first goal in the transition, but the second one.

“The second half we were closer with the possibility to score and draw the match. We took some risks but it’s the moment we need to take some risks and they score the third goal.

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“We need to continue improving. I think the last two games before against West Ham and Chelsea we played and worked well defensively. Today it is more difficult to stop the transition and we need also to work attacking because we wanted to win.

“We had a good balance in a lot of moments, but they have big players with a very big quality and can do this difference.”

Arsenal’s chances were hampered by injuries to defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny, who has gone to hospital with a possible broken jaw.

“I think they weren’t big injuries for Sokratis (ankle),” Emery added. “Maybe Laurent Koscielny is going to hospital to [analyse] what injury he has. Maybe he’s broken his jaw but I hope not.


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