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Arsenal boss Unai Emery felt Nicolas Pepe’s 1st-half miss proved decisive in his side’s 1- defeat at Sheffield United.

Pepe, a £72million summer season signing from Lille, contrived to fire off target when placed in front of objective from Sead Kolasinac’s pin-point cross with the score at -.

The Blades took complete benefit, with Lys Mousset turning the ball dwelling in the 30th minute following a corner for what proved to be the winning objective.

Nevertheless goalless in Sheffield…

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“That was the crucial I consider due to the fact if that (Pepe’s opportunity) goes in – they are the group in the Premier League who have conceded least ambitions with Liverpool, seven only,” stated Emery.

“And if they score the 1st objective then defensively they are extremely powerful and they defended extremely properly in the second half.

“It’s not quick to produce the probabilities, but I consider we controlled the ball additional in the (greater) positions.

“I consider we deserved additional. I do not consider we deserved to shed the match, but I appreciate (Sheffield United’s) operate and I appreciate they are right here with their supporters.”

Emery bemoaned referee Mike Dean’s choice not to award his side an early penalty when John Egan pulled Sokratis back by his shirt as the hosts defended a corner.

“It was extremely clearly a penalty,” Emery stated. “I consider it was extremely clear. Then the 1st opportunity for us, from Pepe.”

Arsenal missed the opportunity to move back up to third in the table and saw their eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions halted.

“We’re extremely disappointed with that outcome,” Emery added. “We made the most effective probabilities, but we didn’t realize all the things to win that match.

Chris Wilder praised his side's performance in the win over Arsenal
Chris Wilder praised his side’s overall performance in the win more than Arsenal (Danny Lawson/PA)

“We conceded additional corners than we wanted and from a single corner they scored from it.”

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder stated his side had to be close to their most effective to get the greater of the Gunners.

“It’s been a excellent evening for us,” Wilder stated. “It’s what we’re in the division for, days and nights like this.

“Everton away and Arsenal at dwelling. But we required to generate a huge overall performance due to the fact we had been playing a group who are a historic football club.

Wilder says his players will not get carried away after defeating the Gunners
Wilder says his players will not get carried away just after defeating the Gunners (Danny Lawson/PA)

“I stated all along they’re a group anticipated to go definitely properly this year, major 4 and greater.

“So we had to do a lot of factors ideal tonight and we did and we got our rewards.”

The Blades secured their third win considering the fact that winning promotion back to the major flight final season, which lifted them up to ninth in the table.

“One factor that will not take place, the players will not get carried away, you know that,” Wilder added.

“They’ll get brought back down to earth straight away, but they’ll do that themselves, I will not will need to say something to them.”

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