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Wenger disappointed with draw
Published : 23 May 2011 06:30:18
Arsene Wenger was left to reflect on an "average game" after Arsenal's season of frustration ended with a 2-2 draw at 10-man Fulham, which will leave the Gunners having to qualify for the Champions League.
Steve Sidwell had swept the hosts in front on 26 minutes, only for Robin van Persie to quickly equalise with his ninth consecutive away goal. Bobby Zamora nodded the Cottagers back into the lead just before the hour with substitute Zoltan Gera shown a straight red card two minutes after coming on, but a late goal from Theo Walcott earned Arsenal a point.
The Arsenal manager said: "It was an average game and in the end we felt the disappointment with fourth place because three weeks ago we were in the position to win the league. Of course we didn't lose our top three place today, we lost it last week and that is why in the end we have to go through a qualifier."
Wenger is expected to spend in the summer as he looks to bring in some reinforcements to help the young squad fulfil their potential.
"We had accumulated disappointments which had a big impact on the morale of the team," he said.
"We are frustrated, disappointed, but as well we have not to go overboard and think that our team is not good.
"We have to rectify some things in our squad and will try to do it but it's not easy, even with money, but we will try to do it."
Wenger accepted the fans, who were chanting "spend some money" at the end of the match, had every right to voice their concerns, but added: "Even if people say you have to spend money we have to be realistic. We can't buy players for Â£50million. That is a fact.
"The amount of money is not always linked with the quality of player.
"First you have to find the right players and then turn up with the money - but if we find the right players we will spend the money."