Arteta reflects on Arsenal's draw with Crystal Palace - part 2 - My Arsenal Blog

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Arteta reflects on Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace – part 2

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On coming close to a late winner:
That’s what I wanted to see from my team with 10 men. The reaction was really, really positive and they wanted to win the game. They went for it and we had three or four really good situations. We created the best chance with Nico and Laca. We were unlucky not to win the game.

On losing Aubameyang for the next three games:
That’s a massive blow. We know how important Auba is for the team. Maybe we’re going to lose him for a couple of games.

On Crystal Palace being able to get back into the game:
It’s credit to them. It wasn’t that easy in the first half because they were poor and we were good, but in the second half when they started to change a few bits, they made it a bit more difficult. We have to learn from that, how to get out of those positions. We started to commit a lot of fouls as well, and everything was stop-start. It’s not the kind of game that suits us at the moment. I was pleased with a lot of things, though.

On how he keeps our players’ focus:
At this level in the Premier League, if you switch off for two seconds, five seconds, you will concede a goal straight away. I’m going to have to find a way to try to avoid those situations. It happened today and it cost us two points.

On whether we should get rid of VAR:
I think it will get to the point that we all want. It’s still a process where it’s true that sometimes it breaks everything up, but for the big decisions it’s important to have it. It’s in place at the moment, we have to respect the decisions and then hopefully it will make more positive than negative decisions.

It’s going to be tough for Mikel Arteta to edge this side into the top four, or perhaps even the top six this season, but at the very least there are signs that he’s got something which he can start to build on between now and the end of the campaign.

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