Rightly stung by a non-call on Mohamed Diame that led to one of Hull City’s goals in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team’s effort while proffering another backhanded slap at critics of his work in the transfer window.
Shortly after Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead with a 13th minute tally, Diame raced toward the 18 and grabbed Mathieu Flamini’s shoulder to gain leverage and the ball before chipping Wojciech Szczesny.
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But what should’ve been a cynical foul went without a whistle, and Hull had leveled. The Tigers went on to grab a 46th minute lead through Abel Hernandez, but Arsenal found an equalizer through Danny Welbeck in the 90th.
The Gunners have now allowed goals in all but one of their Premier League matches this season, and Wenger answered those who questioned his lack of depth in defense by saying plenty of teams buy defenders and still are rotten in the back.
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“It is a very disappointing result because we were very unlucky with the referee’s decision for the first goal.
“They had two shots and scored two goals – it is a long time since we’ve dominated so much and not won the game.
“We have conceded too many goals. Some other teams have bought many defenders and concede goals as well. I think it’s a matter of concentration.”
Yeah, but that doesn’t excuse not having enough defenders, does it? The Gunners are sixth in the table with 11 points through eight matches, and have now drawn Spurs, Leicester City, Everton, Man City and Hull City. Some of those are acceptable for a Champions League team. Others, especially at home, not so much.
Wenger said Jack Wilshere’s leg injury doesn’t look as bad as it looked on the field.