Saturday 19


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.

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