Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he was ‘very disappointed’ after seeing his side drop points with a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United.
The Gunners looked to be heading towards collecting a valuable three points following Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half opener, only to see John Fleck’s equaliser with just seven minutes remaining earn the Blades a point and continue their hugely impressive first season back in the top flight.
Chris Wilder’s side were typically organised and produced their latest battling display, the Yorkshire side having shown no fear throughout much of their debut season since promotion from the Championship last season.
Arsenal would dominate possession but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, though they were seemingly denied a late penalty after Nicolas Pepe went down in the area.
The draw leaves Arsenal tenth in the Premier League and ten points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle, and Arteta admits he was disappointed after his side once again was unable to hold on to a lead.
“I’m very disappointed,” Arteta told the BBC. “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.
“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. I think it’s a very clear penalty for us [on Nicolas Pepe].”