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Arsenal 1-1 Sheff Utd: John Fleck cancels out Gabriel Martinelli goal for draw

John Fleck's late equaliser was his fifth league goal of the season

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder urged his players to "turn a really good story into a fantastic one" after his side's outstanding first season back in the Premier League continued with a draw at Arsenal.

The Blades were in League One when Wilder took charge three-and-a-half years ago but are now in contention for European football after a fine start to the campaign.

The Blades were typically organised and threatening throughout but looked set for defeat when 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli steered in an opener for the hosts.

Wilder's attacking substitutions were rewarded when John Fleck hit a deflected shot into the far corner to keep the Blades four points clear of the Gunners.

"We have a group who challenge each other and wants to attack every game in every division," Wilder said.

"They have shown that attitude for a long time. We haven't been unbelievably backed financially. It's a really good story, ours, the players and where they have come from.

"We have to turn that really good story into a fantastic one by keeping the hammer down."

Plenty to do for Arteta

While Wilder said his side turned in "one of our poorest performances" at the Emirates they were still good value for a draw.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was facing a stacked in-tray for his first job in management and the Spaniard has now overseen one win in his first five league games in charge.

Without suspended captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the Gunners were always likely to be lacking a goal threat. After all, the Gabon forward had scored 48% of their league goals this season.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on 1-1 draw with Sheffield United

But Alexandre Lacazette - his replacement as skipper - is hardly a novice, and with Mesut Ozil and Pepe in support the Gunners could still boast a £160m strikeforce.

But it was Martinelli, just 18 and making his fourth league start, who was the pick.

He volleyed wide from a smart Pepe cross, shot into the side-netting after more quick feet from the winger, and then gambled to convert the opener after makeshift left-back Bukayo Saka saw his cross loop up into the goalmouth.

The watching Aubameyang was moved to declare him a "superstar" in waiting in a post on social media.