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Fatigue Affected Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace – Arteta

Mikel Arteta admitted that Arsenal “probably didn’t do enough to win the game” against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night due to fatigue.

Arsenal started very well in the first half but Palace improved as the game progressed especially when Eberechi Eze sent a superb free-kick in the penalty area at the 39th minute which James Tomkins headed but it bounced off the bar instead.

The Eagles had another chance to score before half time, with Christian Benteke losing Tyrick Mitchel’s cross.

Arsenal improved in the second half but found it very difficult to find the back of the net. The game eventually fizzled to a goalless draw.

Speaking with Sky Sports post-match, as cited by BBC Sport, Arteta said he could not “fault the spirit” of his side against Palace:

“Some freshness and quality in the final third was missing. We had a lot of entries into the final third but no big, big chances.

“I wanted to see a win today and to score a few goals but we were fatigued. We gave the ball away, but I cannot fault the spirit. It wasn’t enough.

“Kieran Tierney is a real threat, and the way we attack on the left is really important but he is injured and we have to find a solution. He will have an MRI scan tomorrow.

“Roy Hodgson has done that all through his career, that is how they beat a lot of big teams. We had the plan we just didn’t have the execution.

“We created a lot of situations against the low block but lacked the final quality. But we probably didn’t do enough to win the game.

“We are playing a lot of games, and you can see fatigue is paying a price, many players aren’t fresh.

“We had a period that was fatigue related where we kept giving the ball away and we lacked the quality in the final third to win the game.”

The draw means Arsenal climb eleventh in the Premier League with eight points behind Man City, Leicester City and Everton, who are all level on 32 points.

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