The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is not prepared to lay the blame on the Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta for the failure of the team to win against Fulham during the weekends. Arsenal and Fulham were involved in a very thrilling encounter at the Emirates stadium.
The match finished 3-3, which meant that Arsenal are still searching to find the best form at the moment. They have also slipped behind Tottenham and Everton in the Premier league table to the seventh position. Mikel Arteta was extremely poor in the match against Fulham. Not only did he conceded possession in key areas of the pitch that led to Fulham goals, but he also missed a penalty right at the death as well.
The penalty that was given just a few seconds before the final whistle could have given Arsenal all three points in the match after being managed a stunning performance in the second half. However, Arteta missed the penalty and Fulham are able to return to Craven cottage with a point from the fixture. After the match, Wenger said that he was not disappointed by Arteta’s inability to convert the penalty. He has said that the team had a lot of other issues that needs to be addressed.
“Of course it is frustrating because we had chances to win the game. You cannot blame Arteta for that [penalty], it is part of the game. Santi Cazorla is second on the list [of penalty takers], the number one is Arteta. I don’t think there is [self-doubt]. Some players were a bit jaded before the game and Fulham are good going forward,” said Arsene Wenger after the match. The result leaves Arsenal with the need to get three points without exception when they take on Tottenham next week.