An unhappy Marco Silva rued two ‘lucky’ Arsenal goals as the Gunners came from behind to ensure there was more late heartbreak for Fulham at the Emirates last night.
The Whites looked on course for a first-ever away win at Arsenal when Aleksandar Mitrovic punished a mistake from Gabriel to grab his hundredth Fulham goal, but the visitors were beaten at the death after the Brazilian’s late winner was allowed to stand by referee Jared Gillett and VAR following a deflected leveller from the outstanding Martin Odegaard. Silva was still seething at the decision to allow the goal afterwards and felt his side deserved more from another absorbing encounter.
The Portuguese boss told his post-match press conference:
“It was a tough, tough result. They didn’t have many clear chances, they had two goals and both were lucky goals… the way they scored the first goal with the deflection is really bad luck and we don’t know how they scored the second.
Credit for our players, they deserved more than we took from this game. Arsenal’s obligation was more possession, more shots, more corners, but I didn’t see many clear chances from them. My players deserve to get something more from the game. They are confident, creating so many chances against the teams we have played so far.”
The Fulham head coach also reiterated that he was hoping for several new signings before the end of the transfer window on Thursday night.
“Everyone who sees football or understands football can see that. We don’t have wingers on the bench, we don’t have a [senior] striker on the bench. I’m not here to find excuses, but at this level you have to have more solutions.”