Arsene Wenger: 'We were too nervous in first half'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that his side were too nervous in the first half as they lost 1-0 to Manchester United this afternoon.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side were too nervous in the opening stages of their 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.

United overcame the league leaders following a first-half header from Robin van Persie.

"It's difficult to lose the game. We conceded a goal on a set-piece," Wenger told Sky Sports News after the match.

"In a big game, that made the difference. In the first half I felt we were too nervous and rushed our game too much.

"In the second half, when we played composed and had a real go and played our usual game, we were very, very, very, very close to scoring."

Despite the defeat, Arsenal remain top of the Premier League table with a two-point advantage over Liverpool.

Man United's Chris Smalling and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla battle for the ball on November 10, 2013
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