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Arsenal v Crystal Palace Review: Few positives to be taken at the Emirates

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Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

Thursday, 14th January 2021


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta can have taken very few positives from his side’s dismal goal-less draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium last night. The Gunners have enjoyed a resurgence in form in recent weeks, however their winning run was brought to a halt by Roy Hodgson’s side who managed to keep their hosts at bay throughout the ninety minutes. This result leaves Arsenal eleventh in the Premier League table with eight points separating them from the top four as things stand.

Arteta looked very much like a dead man walking just a few weeks ago with some pundits even tipping the Gunners to be relegated down to the Championship, however the Arsenal boss has masterminded something of a transformation in the side. The North London outfit had enjoyed wins over Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United (FA Cup) leading up to their meeting with Crystal Palace, however while they enjoyed more possession than the Eagles they managed fewer shots than their opponents.

Arteta bemoaned his side’s lack of freshness although he maintained that he was happy with their attitude and spirit, the Gunners boss saying: “After a great run we wanted to come here today and win the match, but I think we lacked some freshness.

“We lacked some quality and end product in the final third to win the game.

“We took a point, another clean sheet which is really positive, but disappointing not to get the three points

“I think the spirit – and we did have some difficulties in the game where we started to give some difficult balls away without any pressure – and the attitude the team showed in tracking back, I think the boys were terrific there but we lacked that freshness today and that spark in the final third.

“We will assess and review what we have done in the last two games that we have to do better.

“Defensively, we were really solid and we are not giving things away easily. We’re making it really hard for the opponent.

“In the final third, we’ve progressed a lot but today there are things that we have to do better.”

Arsenal are up against Newcastle United on Monday afternoon and failure to claim all three points against the Premier League strugglers will pile more pressure on a Gunners boss who isn’t yet out of the woods.