Arsenal forward Theo Walcott took the blame for his part in Manchester United’s opening goal in Saturday’s Premier League meeting at Old Trafford, having switched off and failing to track eventual goalscorer Juan Mata when the Spaniard was making his way into the penalty area to convert a cross into the back of the net.
“I’m just disappointed because my positioning on the goal was disappointing from my side of it because defensively I want to (cover that). I’ve been doing that all season. I knew that was my man to get in there. So on a personal level that’s very disappointing for myself. But the guys, they did well and we managed to get that point that we deserved,” said Walcott to Sky Sports.
Juan Mata bypassed Walcott and midfielder Francis Coquelin when Manchester United were working a move out wide, and the former Chelsea playmaker was the beneficiary of a whipped Ander Herrera cross to sidefoot his effort into an empty net to give the home side the lead. Walcott didn’t make enough effort to get goal side of Mata in time and only chased down the Spaniard when it was already too late and he was about to score.
Arsenal equalised later in the game from an Olivier Giroud header but they were disappointing at Old Trafford and have now drawn three of their last four games in the Premier League ahead of European commitments to come. Arsenal are 6/5 to win against Paris Saint-Germain</a in Wednesday's Champions League clash.