Wenger admits European hangover

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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal suffered a Champions League hangover after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by a battling Fulham at Emirates Stadium.

Thomas Vermaelen's own goal gifted the visitors, who had not won at Arsenal in 25 attempts, the lead on 65 minutes. The Belgian went on to redeem himself when nodding in from close range with seven minutes left, but the Gunners could not conjure up a winner.

Wenger believed his squad had shown "a bit of mental and physical fatigue" after their exertions in the midweek victory over Borussia Dortmund. He said: "You could see many players were on the fringe, and that we had not completely digested the Champions League game on Wednesday night."

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