Nov 10, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
3-3
Fulham
Podolski (23'), Giroud (11', 69')
Ramsey (60')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Berbatov (29', 67'), Kacaniklic (40')
Sidwell (41'), Baird (90')

Arsene Wenger refuses to blame Mikel Arteta

Wenger refuses to blame Arteta
© PA Photos
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he does not place any blame on Mikel Arteta for his last-minute penalty miss against Fulham.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Mikel Arteta is not to blame for the Gunners' failure to beat Fulham this afternoon.

The Spaniard missed a penalty with the last kick of the match to leave the London rivals all square after a pulsating match at the Emirates.

Arsenal allowed an early two-goal lead to slip and trailed in the second half before Olivier Giroud equalised late on.

Wenger admitted that he is growing increasingly frustrated with his side but was adamant that Arteta should not shoulder any extra blame for his penalty miss.

He told the club's official website: "Of course it is frustrating because we had chances to win the game. You cannot blame Arteta for that [penalty], it is part of the game.

"Santi Cazorla is second on the list [of penalty takers], the number one is Arteta.

"I don't think there is [self-doubt]. Some players were a bit jaded before the game and Fulham are good going forward."

Two dropped points against the Cottagers leaves Arsenal in seventh place in the Premier League, four points behind Everton in fourth place.

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