Mikel Arteta was happy with Arsenal’s spirit despite drawing 0-0 at home against Crystal Palace on Thursday.
It is the seventh time the Gunners have failed to score in a Premier League match this season, equalling their number of goalless performances in all of the 2019-20 campaign. The last time they were unable to find the net in more matches in a single season was in 2015-16.
Arteta admits his side failed to create enough chances, but says his players were tired as they came up against a stubborn visiting back line.
“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,” he told Sky Sports after the game.
“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.”
He added: “We created a lot of situations against the low block but lacked the final quality. 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 fatugue related where we kept giving the ball away. We lacked the quaity in the final third to win the game.”
Source : goal.com