Arteta: Arsenal played well but equalizer was ‘unacceptable’

Arteta reacts to Arsenal draw
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Two big mistakes cost Arsenal a win and then a man against shorthanded Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, Mikel Arteta said can deal with one but not the other.

The Gunners switched off for Jordan Ayew‘s equalizer, and goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off by VAR for an ugly challenge.

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That means Arsenal took just two points from Palace this season, and remains a point behind the ninth-place Eagles.

From Football.London:

“We conceded a goal where we switched off completely and it’s unacceptable, I am upset with that, but after that we reacted very well after conceding goal and after Auba’s red card, we were the team that I expected because everyone was at it again.”

There was some luck involved in the ball finding its way over the line, but the haphazard effort in its own third is pretty familiar to Arsenal supporters.

It stings, because Arsenal should’ve been up a few goals by that point and was arguably the better team once down a man.

That happened via a reckless challenge by Aubameyang, which was a yellow card until VAR got a close look.

“I think the first 35 minutes were exactly what I want our Arsenal team to play like. We were at it, we were very dominant, we controlled the game, we were in the right positions and we were so good in transition.”

Lucas Torreira was also injured in the draw, and Arteta implied that it could be a significant one.