Despite maintaining control of the game throughout, Arsenal was forced to accept a 2-2 draw against Fulham.
The Gunners squandered several scoring opportunities and allowed a leveling goal from Fulham, who were reduced to ten players.
Mikel Arteta speaking during BBC post-match:
“Right from the beginning, we gave an incredible goal away”
“You make life really difficult for yourself.
“But the team reacted really well. We dominated the game and created countless chances and should have scored five, six, seven goals easily.
“And when you have done the most difficult thing which is to get back ahead against a team that is well organised, you have to defend your box from one corner. It is the only chance they have and you get punished.
“Yet still you get another two chances and don’t score – that is the story of the game. The amount of things we did to merit to win the game comfortably, we end up with one point.”
Andreas Pereira took advantage of a misplaced pass from Saka to swiftly open the scoring just 57 seconds into the game. The fact that Arsenal has been conceding goals after turnovers is becoming a concerning pattern for the team.
Arteta added about this:
“We have this situation a thousand times in football [for the first goal]. We gave the ball away in a really dangerous area and it was a really cool finish.
“We have to show another level of commitment and desire and ‘over my dead body’. With 10 men, you cannot concede a goal.”