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Mikel Arteta admitted that fatigue was creeping into Arsenal’s game as they failed to break through the Crystal Palace.
After getting back on track with four wins in a row recently, Arsenal’s winning streak came to an end with a goalless draw against Palace.
Arteta’s team was unable to create many noteworthy chances, and the same was true of their opponents in a game that lacked quality.
Arsenal would have entered the top half for the time being with a win, but are instead 11th in the table. Therefore, they can see this as a missed opportunity to gain ground in the Premier League.
Manager Arteta said after the game that his players were lacking energy after a busy few weeks.
“There was some freshness and quality missing in the final third,” he said. Sky sports. “We had a lot of innings in the last third, but not great chances.
“I wanted to see a victory today and score some goals, but we were tired. We gave the ball away, but I can’t blame the spirit. It was not enough. “
Arteta was not particularly surprised by the difficulties they faced, as he knows that Palace chief Roy Hodgson prepares his teams well.
While Arsenal had prepared for that, they were unable to implement their plans to bring down Palace.
“Roy Hodgson has done that throughout his career, that’s how they beat a lot of big teams,” Arteta said. “We had the plan, we just didn’t have the execution.”
Arteta waiting for Tierney’s update
It could have been a different story if Kieran Tierney had been available. The left-back has been a key player for Arsenal in recent weeks, but missed the game through injury.
Arteta will be eager to know how much longer he will have to go without the Scottish international.
“Kieran Tierney is a real threat and the way we attack on the left is really important,” he said. “But he is injured and we have to find a solution. They’ll do an MRI tomorrow. “
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