Arsenal were unable to get the three points at Selhurst Park this past weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace – although given the nature of the game and how it went, there’s an argument to be made that they were massively fortunate to even come away with a point at all. That, of course, is due to the red card sustained by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which seemed to completely alter the tempo of the game, even after Palace’s equaliser.
The Eagles will probably be the ones that come away from this game with a feeling of disappointment, but for Arsenal, one win in four Premier League games for new boss Arteta – which includes games against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace – isn’t exactly an ideal start.
After the game we saw Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speak with the media to reflect on what was another intriguing game and result.
On how unhappy he was with the equaliser and red card:
I was pleased with how we started the game, with the way we dominated the first half. We saw things that we’d worked on in training and the way they executed them was good. But obviously after the break we knew they were going to push, they had more bodies forward, they put us under pressure more. We started to give bad free-kicks away and that’s something that we have to avoid. Then we switched off for the goal. We completely switched off and allowed them to put the cross in. We turned and conceded the deflection, and I was very disappointed with that. After that, I must say that we reacted really well again after conceding the goal. After Auba’s red card, we reacted even better in my opinion.
On Aubameyang’s red card:
I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair. Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle. Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…