Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reamied upbeat despite seeing his side go down to their first league defeat of the season to Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The Gunners’ 2-1 loss at Middlesbrough saw their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to just one point.
“We can’t complain, we weren’t sharp after four away games,” said Wenger.
“We deserved to lose because Middlesbrough were sharper. We have had four away games on the bounce and were jaded physically but we lacked creativity and sharpness in our passing.
“Defeat is never acceptable but it’s more acceptable when you think the opponent deserves to win. We gave absolutely everything to come back. We lacked creativity and sharpness in our passing so therefore we were not dangerous enough to come back into the game.”
“I know the gap is only one point now but we would have taken the position we are in at the start of the season.
“Boro were clearly sharper than us after a difficult period of games, which seem to have taken their toll.
“We have a few injuries at the moment, but it is easy to blame the players who are not here and I believe in the players who played today.
“This season will be a big, big fight for the title. United have had nine home games and seven away, while we’ve played eight each so I’m happy we’re top of the league.”