Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken out after his side’s Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Thursday evening. The Gunners saw their winning run halted by Roy Hodgson’s side, who kept the Gunners at bay throughout the contest at the Emirates Stadium. And the result means they remain 11th in the table, eight points adrift of the top four.
Arsenal went into the match against Palace looking to continue their impressive form.
Arteta seemed a dead man walking back in December, with the Gunners being tipped for RELEGATION, but has since masterminded a transformation.
Arsenal had beaten Chelsea, Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle (in the FA Cup) prior to the match against Palace but were ultimately prevented from winning at the Emirates Stadium.
They had more possession than the visitors but managed less shots, with Hodgson’s side managing 12 to the Gunners’ eleven.
Speaking after the match, to the club’s official website, Arteta bemoaned his side’s lack of freshness.
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“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 star David Luiz also spoke after the game, admitting he’d happily trade his clean sheet in for a victory.
“It was a typical Premier League game,” said the Brazil international.
“It’s always difficult against a strong opponent with a low block, just waiting for the counter-attacks.
“I think we could have scored some goals and that’s frustrating. In these kinds of games, if you score one, you can score two or three but until you break the low block of the opponent, it’s going to be difficult.
“It’s up to us to try to find some new solutions and that’s frustrating because I think we could do it in that game.
“OK, I’m happy [with the clean sheet] but I prefer to win rather than just keeping a clean sheet.
“Of course for the long process it’s always good to continue to keep clean sheets and improve our defensive side, but I will always trade a clean sheet for a victory because I prefer the collective.”
Hodgson, meanwhile, said: “I’m more than satisfied.
“A hard-working performance, we defended well and maybe with a bit more composure we could have scored a goal.
“We were playing a team in excellent form and we go away with a deserved 0-0.
“I thought the game was end-to-end and we are happy we took something away from the game.
“Two clean sheets in a row now. If you don’t defend well it is going to be hard to win games.”