Former Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack says there are positives to take from the Gunners’ defeat against Manchester United – in an exclusive interview with the Daily Cannon.

Stack believes Arsenal played some of their best football of the season, and shouldn’t have gone down to two early goals in Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.

“Arsenal’s breathless attacking play was as fluent as I’ve seen all season. It had intensity and purpose and even when behind the players looked buoyant and confident,” he said.

Unfortunately, Arsenal’s defence were breached twice early on which gave them a mountain to climb in the first-half.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal argues with referee Andre Marriner after during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi were punished for relinquishing possession in their defensive third, and Stack labelled the backline “sloppy” on the weekend.

“Surrendering two early goals through sloppy play and poor defending gave Manchester United an undeserved lead which they had worked very little for,” he added.

“Ruthless counter attacking and finishing as well as inspired goalkeeping from the world’s best in David De Gea meant it was a missed opportunity to close the gap and extend our recent run of form at the Emirates.

“Still plenty of positives to take from a very disappointing result!”

A lot of Arsenal supporters were impressed with the attacking performance from the side.

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Arsenal’s Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (L) congratulates Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (C) after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 2, 2017. Manchester United won 3-1. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Gunners had 33 shots on Saturday, forcing De Gea into a record 14 saves. However, poor finishing meant they couldn’t capitalise on their dominance, and United ran out 3-1 winners at full-time.

Stack is a UEFA (A & B) Player & Goalkeeper Coach, boasting a Premier League, Championship and National League trophy to his name. Thanks to Graham for sharing his thoughts with Daily Cannon.

Here’s also hoping Arsenal can quickly bounce back against BATE Borisov, when the two sides lock horns in the Europa League on Thursday.