Arsenal 1-1 Sheff Utd: Gunners waste good performance after conceding late goal

Arsenal led Sheffield United by a Gabriel Martinelli goal with seven minutes left but John Fleck equalised in a 1-1 draw.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sat high in the stands and cast his verdict on Arsenal’s 18-year-old asked to step in and fill the void left by his three-match ban.

‘Gabi’s gonna be a superstar,’ wrote Aubameyang on Twitter before going on to explain this was not because of the goal but because of the ‘attitude’, ‘energy’ and his ‘mindset’.

The goal was useful, too, of course, putting his team ahead in the last minute of the first half, a boost for Mikel Arteta and a jolt for Sheffield United who opened with such intensity and purpose.

Bukayo Saka’s cross clipped George Baldock on a boot and swerved over goalkeeper Dean Henderson and there was Martinelli as it returned to earth.

Arsenal missed the chance to go level on points with Tottenham after John Fleck scored a late equaliser for Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium.

The Blades arrived in North London having lost their two previous Premier League away games but restricted Arsenal’s chances before hitting the hosts late on.

Gabriel Martinelli scored his ninth goal of the season in all competitions to put the Gunners ahead just before half-time and the Arsenal revival under Mikel Arteta looked set to continue as the game entered the last 10 minutes.

But United refused to roll over and Fleck took advantage of some static defending when he rattled in his fifth league goal of the season to clinch his side a share of the points.

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