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Arteta explains why Arsenal and Fulham played to a tie

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Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, has responded to his team’s 2-2 Premier League tie with Fulham on Saturday.

After an early goal by Andreas Pereira was wiped out by goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah, it looked like the Gunners were going to cruise to victory.

Late in the game, with the home team down to 10 men due to Calvin Bassey’s dismissal, Palhinha scored to force overtime.

Arteta said he couldn’t believe he let two points slip because he was so distracted.

His exact words to Sky were as follows: “With all the effort that we did, the circumstances we generated, chance after chance, the attitude of the boys, the way the subs came on – then you go 2-1 up, with 10 men, the game is done.

“You give a ball away, you give a corner, you have to defend that box with your life if you want wins in the Premier League,” the coach said. “And we didn’t do that well enough.”

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