Mikel Arteta hits out at Arsenal players as Fulham draw extends winless home run

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has criticised his players following the 1-1 draw with Fulham at the Emirates on Sunday. Arsenal are now winless in their last four home matches in all competitions. They had to rely on a 97th minute equaliser from Eddie Nketiah to take anything away from the clash with the relegation-threatened Cottagers.

Arsenal thought they had taken the lead in the first half but for VAR to rule their goal offside.

Fulham did go ahead 15 minutes after the break when Josh Maja scored a penalty following Gabriel’s foul on Mario Lemina.

Substitute Nketiah, who replaced the injured Alexandre Lacazette, popped up deep into stoppage time to earn his side a point.

But Arteta was critical of the “difficult position” his side put themselves in when speaking to Sky Sports after the match.

He said: “We started really well, controlling the game and creating chances, scoring a goal that was disallowed, in a very disappointing way, we kept going and didn’t allow any shots on target and suddenly we conceded a penalty and the game changed completely.

“We took risks in the right way, we could have scored three or four, we totally deserved to win the match but put ourselves in a difficult position.

“We have to just focus on the boys playing away in Europe and arriving here with the desire to go all the way to the 97th, 98th minute.”

Arteta said Arsenal created more than enough to win the game but were not clinical in front of goal.

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“He felt his hamstring so we don’t know,” he added.

“We have to rotate players, we have players who didn’t recover from the game on Thursday. That is the risk. You cannot change those players every game.

“We had 16 shots, probably not enough on target, goals disallowed, a post, that is the difference, you have to win this game.”

Nketiah’s goal was his first in the Premier League since last September and the England under-21 international was full of praise for Scott Parker’s visitors.

“Happy with the team, we would’ve liked three points but when I was called on I wanted to make an impact,” Nketiah said.

“I’m delighted to get a goal and salvage a point for the team.

“Fulham made it difficult – we were a bit sloppy in possession, we had good chances, we had a couple which on another day might go in.

“Credit to Fulham for getting back in the game and getting the goal but we were good in the last 30 minutes and we deserved at least a point.”

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