Thursday 21


We could have drawn - Ranieri

2nd January 2019, 14:49 by Chris Rivers

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri says his team could have taken a point from the New Year's Day game at Arsenal were it not for errors.

The Cottagers failed to end their century-long wait for a win at Arsenal on Tuesday as the Gunners eventually ran out 4-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium, a result which keeps Fulham in the relegation zone.

However, it could have been so different had Ryan Sessegnon taken two guilt edged opportunities before the home side took the lead through Granit Xhaka's effort in the 25th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal's advantage after the half-time break before Aboubakar Kamara gave Fulham a glimmer of hope.

However, some poor defending, the theme of Fulham's season, gifted the Gunners two more goals to make the scoreline more flattering than it should have been.

Ranieri felt that on another day his team could have taken something from the game and was left to ponder what might have been had it not been for the mistakes.

"If you analyse you think, okay, the first half-an-hour before their first goal, we created two great chances. The Arsenal crowd was, 'Oh! What happened?' and started to boo their players," said the Italian.

"But they scored with their first chance because we made mistakes in the middle of the box. In the second half, other little mistakes.

"After we re-opened the match and had two chances to draw. But when you make mistakes against a big team, and then also we were a little tired, we don't have the quality of Arsenal. Four goals, but I do not think our performance was bad. We could have drawn."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

More Fulham


Parker not the only option for Fulham

21st March 2019, 13:04

Scott Parker remains the favourite to take charge of Fulham on a permanent basis but the Cottagers are considering other options.


Mitrovic price tag set by Fulham

21st March 2019, 11:51

Fulham will not sell forward Aleksandar Mitrovic for a cut-price fee this summer if they are relegated to the Championship.


Fulham chief accepts blame for transfer issues

20th March 2019, 17:22

Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has said he takes full responsibility for the club's bungled transfer business.


Babel's agent holds Fenerbahce talks

20th March 2019, 14:28

Fulham's Ryan Babel looks set to join Fenerbahce as reports claim his agent has held talks with their sporting director Damien Comolli.


Summer decision for Babel

19th March 2019, 16:14

Fulham forward Ryan Babel has confirmed he will not be making a decision on his future until the end of the season.


McDonald criticises Ranieri's tenure at Fulham

19th March 2019, 11:02

Kevin McDonald has criticised former Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, insisting the Italian was never suited to managing the club.

Recent Sport Headlines

Cardiff City

Bogle to be involved in play-offs

21st March 2019, 19:34

Cardiff City striker Omar Bogle has been given permission to stay at Portsmouth for the play-offs should they qualify.

Huddersfield Town

Ex-Town manager could be set for Fulham

21st March 2019, 19:05

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is reportedly being lined up for the permanent vacancy at Fulham.

Rugby Union

Billy adamant England are moving forward

21st March 2019, 19:03

England number eight Billy Vunipola insists there were positives to take from the team's stuttering Six Nations campaign.

Rugby League

Young players will get a chance – Furner

21st March 2019, 18:41

Leeds Rhinos head coach Dave Furner says young players will feature in the first team if they prove to be good enough.


Durham role for Bancroft

21st March 2019, 18:34

Durham have appointed Cameron Bancroft as their skipper for their County Championship and One-Day Cup campaigns.


Nadal to return to Monte Carlo

21st March 2019, 18:20

Rafael Nadal is set to return from injury at the Monte Carlo Masters in April after being included on the official list of players.

Formula 1

Bottas to challenge Hamilton

21st March 2019, 17:56

Mercedes racer Valtteri Bottas says he will try and challenge Lewis Hamilton for the world title in 2019.

Crystal Palace

Boothroyd plays down Wan-Bissaka snub

21st March 2019, 17:47

England Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd has called for patience regarding Aaron Wan-Bissaka after he was left out of the senior squad.