first_imgAdvertisement John Fleck scored Sheffield United’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes of only a second league win under their new head coach were dashed when John Fleck struck a deflected equaliser eight minutes from time.‘I’m very disappointed today,’ Arteta added. ‘I think the performance deserved three points and I think we lost two points.‘In the Premier League, if you don’t put the game to bed then in the last 10 or 15 minutes this type of team just need a long ball, a second ball, a set-piece, and you can give the points away. That’s it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There’s a history of [nerves in the stadium]. It makes it even more. In the Premier League we are 1-0 up and in the last 10 or 15 minutes you have to be careful, because anything can happen.‘I don’t know what was done before. I think they tried to do the best possible thing. I inherited a team that was in a difficult situation and we’re trying to improve it as much as possible.‘I don’t know. In the second half, Sheffield United didn’t generate any efforts on goal – it’s just one long ball, a second ball and then someone put it top bins from an incredible angle. It’s difficult to control it.’MORE: Mikel Arteta sends subtle message to Arsenal board over Layvin Kurzawa transferMORE: Thomas Tuchel reacts to Arsenal’s transfer move for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa Mikel Arteta singles out Gabriel Martinelli for praise after Arsenal draw with Sheffield United Gabriel Martinelli scored Arsenal’s goal in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta singled out Gabriel Martinelli for praise after the Arsenal youngster scored his first Premier League goal at the Emirates in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.In the absence of suspended skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was serving the first game of his three match ban, the Brazilian teenager scored his ninth goal of an increasingly impressive debut season in England.‘He’s an 18-year-old kid with all the enthusiasm but as well, he’s so brave to make decisions, to threaten the opponent every time,’ said Arteta afterwards.‘He’s all the time in the middle of the goal, waiting for an opportunity to come.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The fact he hasn’t played 90 minutes for a while – since his injury – but is still in the way he went about every single action is impressive.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 7:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Commentlast_img

Mikel Arteta singles out Gabriel Martinelli for praise after Arsenal draw with Sheffield United

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