Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted that he was at fault for the penalty, which gave Arsenal victory at Old Trafford on Sunday, 1st November.
It was the Gunners’ first league win at Old Trafford since 2006 – and first at a big-six rival since January 2015.
Pogba fouled Hector Bellerin inside United’s box in the 69th minute to hand the Gunners a penalty, which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to seal the first win on United’s home ground after 14 years.
The midfielder has now conceded three penalties, more than any other United player in the English Premier League under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking after the match, the French World Cup winner said that he was the source of Man United’s defeat to Arsenal.
“We know it’s a poor performance. Myself, I cannot give a foul away like this. I thought I would touch the ball but I didn’t. Like I say, details. We have to do better, the team, myself, it starts with me,” Pogba told the BBC.
“I felt like I touched him a bit. I knew I was in the box, I shouldn’t have given a penalty away like that. Maybe I was a bit out of breath, it made me do this stupid mistake. I will learn from that. I’m not the best defensively in the box, I can work on that.”
The defeat was United’s third of the season so far, leaving them down in 15th place with seven points, while Arsenal moved to ninth place in the league standings with 12 points.