Mikel Arteta ‘very disappointed’ after Arsenal’s draw with Sheffield United

Date published: Saturday 18th January 2020 6:49

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is “very disappointed” after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners looked to be on course for three points and a second Premier League win under their recently appointed manager Arteta, however a late John Fleck goal cancelled out Gabriel Martinelli’s opener and meant Sheffield United took a a point from the Emirates. 

Despite improved performances, the result means Arsenal have just one win in five Premier League games under the Spaniard, who replaced Unai Emery after he was sacked in December.

And speaking to the BBC post-match, Arteta couldn’t hide his frustrations that his team hadn’t managed to pick up a win against the Blades, he said: “I’m very disappointed, the performance deserved three points.

“It is two points lost but if you don’t put games to bed in the last 10 minutes that can happen. There is a history of that – 1-0 up is never enough, be careful as anything can happen.”

Arteta did seem content with what he saw from his players, though, claiming that Arsenal contained Chris Wilder’s side for the most part and were unlucky to concede.

He added: “They tried to do their best before. I inherited a team in a difficult situation. In the second half they [Sheffield United] didn’t create much apart from the goal, a long ball and someone from an incredible angle puts it in the top corner.

“They all went full gas, the players tried really hard. We didn’t allow them to create the overloads in wide areas apart from the first five or 10 minutes.”

The result means Arsenal remain in tenth position on the league table, 10 points adrift of the Champions League places, although that could become 13 points if Chelsea beat Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

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