Arteta Urges Arsenal’s Ruthless Response After Fulham Setback


Andreas Pereira capitalized on a defensive lapse just seconds into the match, seizing Bukayo Saka’s errant pass to give Fulham an early lead. Arteta’s tactical substitutions appeared to inject new life into the game. Fabio Vieira drew a penalty that Saka confidently converted to level the score, and then Vieira turned provider, setting up Eddie Nketiah to put Arsenal ahead 2-1.

Even though Fulham were reduced to 10 men after Calvin Bassey’s second yellow card, they managed to find an equalizer in the 87th minute. Joao Palhinha capitalized on Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities once again, sweeping home a corner to salvage a point for Fulham.

Arteta was visibly frustrated in his post-match comments, emphasizing the need for a higher level of commitment and defensive solidity. “With 10 men, you cannot concede a goal,” he exclaimed, “You make life really difficult for yourself.” He acknowledged the team’s positive response after falling behind early but stressed the importance of defending set-pieces.

Arsenal is setting its sights on winning the Premier League title after a 20-year hiatus, coming close last season as runners-up to Manchester City. The team’s improved depth was on display, with impact performances from substitutes Vieira, Nketiah, and Zinchenko. Arteta praised their contributions, especially Fabio Vieira, indicating that the young midfielder’s display could earn him more playing time.

Arsenal’s first dropped points of the season prevented them from securing the top spot in the Premier League, which was claimed by arch-rivals Tottenham on goal difference. Both teams have amassed seven points from their initial three matches. However, they are aware that Manchester City, set to face Sheffield United on Sunday, could alter the standings once again.

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