Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Unai Emery during his team’s match against Sheffield United (Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

In a surprising display on Monday night, Arsenal lost 1-0 against Sheffield United.

Arsenal had the opportunity to return to third place in the Premier League, but Lys Mousset struck from close-range on the half-hour mark in what ended up being the only goal of the game.

On the subject of his team’s performance that night, head coach Unai Emery said: ‘Yes, we’re very disappointed with that result.’

He added: ‘There is the result, and secondly is how we managed the 90 minutes in the match. Really I think we created more chances than them, the better chances, but tonight we didn’t achieve the efficiency to win that match.

‘We conceded more corners to them than we wanted, and from one they scored. Also, when they are pushing and they are taking a lot of corners, they can do that.

‘We created more corners, 12 [compared to] seven or eight for them, and also we had the chances and had a very clear penalty to Sokratis.’

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Man City – 1/100

Chelsea – 4/6

Arsenal – 6/5

Tottenham – 15/8

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Man United – 4/1

Wolves – 21/1

Everton – 33/1

West Ham – 39/1

Since the Arsenal vs Sheffield United match, Ian Wright has criticised head coach Unai Emery’s choice to drop Dani Ceballos to the bench, telling Premier League Productions: ‘I think he’s got to come here and Ceballos has to play. He’s played the youngsters and I’m pleased to see them in there, with Saka.

‘But Saka, for an 18-year-old, if you’re leaving Ozil totally out of the squad, then we have to see more from him [Saka], we have to see more from Joe.

‘Unfortunately, it was a game where it passed them both by and then it comes down to the manager and his choices.’

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Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra slammed the team, called the Gunners ‘my babies’ after the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Evra said: ‘Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal. I said before the game that they had to make sure they didn’t fall into the trap.

‘I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are ‘my babies’ and that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.

‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.

‘Even when Robin van Persie came, and on the first day I shook his hand, and I said “Welcome to a man club”. At the beginning he was upset, but after one month he said “You were completely right Patrice.”

‘Guuendouzi was paying in midfield, but before he was playing in the French second league and he was not even playing regularly – and he’s the best player in this team.

‘I respect Aubameyang and Lacazette, but if those two guys don’t score, they’re in trouble.’

When asked about Evra’s comments, Arsenal team captain Granit Xhaka replied: ‘A lot of people speak too much.

‘I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.

‘He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.

‘For me it’s strange because they [ex-footballers] have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

‘But like I said, if you speak bulls*** like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.’

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