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The key lessons Mikel Arteta has learned in defeat which have made Arsenal better

Even after claiming a first Premier League win at Old Trafford since 2006, Arsenal continue to divide opinion – at least on the Sky Sports punditry panel.

Following the Gunners’ success over Manchester United on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proving decisive, Roy Keane and Tim Cahill were at loggerheads in the Sky studio.

Keane, apoplectic at another dismal home performance from United, refused to get carried away with Arsenal’s progression under Mikel Arteta.

“They won 1-0 against a poor United team and all of a sudden Arsenal are the new Bayern Munich? Do me a favour,” said the Irishman.

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Tim Cahill, on the other hand, praised Arteta’s tactics, saying the Spaniard deserved praise for devising a gameplan that nullified United’s attacking players and allowed Arsenal to control large parts of proceedings.

Keane was quick to interject, however, asking Cahill how many games Arsenal have lost this season, to which the former Everton striker replied: “They’ve lost a few games but they know why they’ve lost.

“There’s three (defeats) but they know why they’ve lost. They finish the game and they’re learning, they’re progressing.”

Cahill’s remarks were certainly interesting. Why have Arsenal lost three games already this season and did they apply the knowledge gained from those results in order to beat United?

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Arsenal’s three defeats this season have come away to Liverpool and Manchester City, and at home to Leicester City.

Against Liverpool, the Gunners failed to cope with the champions’ threat from crosses. Liverpool had clearly identified Arsenal’s lack of aerial dominance at the back as a key area to exploit, delivering 22 crosses, as per Opta.

It proved highly successful as Liverpool scored twice…