It was a solid display from Erik ten Hag's side, who have made major improvements since their disastrous start to the campaign against Brighton and Brentford.
With Gabriel Martinelli's disallowed strike still fresh in his memory, Arteta criticised the lack of consistency surrounding VAR and his side's poor display in front of goal.
"We should come here and win the game," he said. "The performance, to come here and play the way they have and dominate, the way they have to play when they’re here you want to be at the top, you have to win the game."
He added: "The lack of consistency... last week there was a foul on Aaron, that is soft and not a foul.
"There’s a tackle on Bukayo it’s soft and not a penalty. Today it is a foul, the threshold in the first action, you could see there was some strong tackles but there was no yellow because it is a big game.
"It's really difficult to understand."
🗣 "Really difficult to understand."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 4, 2022
Mikel Arteta didn't understand the consistency of the referee in disallowing Arsenal's goal pic.twitter.com/8zufQJ029o
🗣 "We should come here and win the game."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 4, 2022
Mikel Arteta outlines the biggest disappointment in the loss to Man United pic.twitter.com/lsKD4pwF9P
Soon after Arteta's chat with Sky Sports, a clearly irritated Roy Keane criticised the Spaniard for making excuses instead of giving plaudits to his former club.
"Listen I’m fed up with all their excuses anyway, I’m serious," he said.
"Arteta gets interviewed after the game, he’s a sore loser like us all but he’s got to give a little bit of credit to Man United but he never does.
"Every time he loses the game, it’s about what they didn’t do properly or the officials, stop making excuses. You done okay, take your plaudits but give me the points any day of the week."
🗣 "He's a sore loser."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 4, 2022
Roy Keane is annoyed that Mikel Arteta makes excuses instead of giving plaudits to Man United pic.twitter.com/mYQFhW3bK2
Martin Odegaard, who was judged to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up to Martinelli's disallowed goal, also expressed his frustration after the game.
"In my opinion it is never a foul," the Norwegian said. "I think the referee sees it and he says play on. It's a soft challenge and for VAR to come in it has to be clear and obvious.
"For me it is very, very soft. You can always make it look worse on camera. But it's never a foul and the referee said play on so it is frustrating."
🗣 "It's never a foul."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 4, 2022
Martin Odegaard says it was a soft challenge to disallow Arsenal's goal pic.twitter.com/xDUZyonxJi
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