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Arsenal could not break down the Crystal Palace defence after drawing 0-0 with the Eagles at the Emirates on Thursday night. But how did the players fare under Mikel Arteta?
Arsenal remain in the bottom half after an uneventful night in north London that saw the spoils shared with Palace.
Arteta gave Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe starting spots again over the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Willian, who must be thinking their time could be up at the Emirates.
Despite dominating possession, it was Palace who had the best chance of the first 45 minutes when James Tomkins hit the crossbar from an Eberechi Eze free-kick.
After a lacklustre first-half, Arsenal came out of the blocks with some fire in their bellies after a half-time roasting from Arteta.
But they could not build on a bright start and were largely blunted by Palace’s superior defending.
At the other end Eze, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke threatened to take the lead for the visitors but could not muster a cutting counter-attack.
Ultimately, Arsenal could not manage the three points which will leave them in the bottom half of the table.
But the Gunners remain unbeaten in four league matches, though Arteta is still searching for that consistent form to propel the club forward.
Player ratings below
Leno – 7
Made a brilliant save from Benteke in the first-half that exhibited the German’s supreme agility.
Bellerin – 6
Did not offer enough going forward but had to be wary of Eze countering his runs.
Holding – 6
A solid performance from the centre-back, who is growing in stature under Arteta.
Luiz – 6
Battled with Benteke all night to follow his clash with Andy Carroll just days before. Will surely have a few bruises in the morning.
Maitland-Niles – 5
Without a recognised left-back, Arsenal lost a lot of their attacking impetus. Better when he came in-field rather than going down the flank.
Ceballos – 6
Played some brilliant passes going forward but was easily bypassed by Palace’s attackers in midfield.
Xhaka – 7
Arsenal’s best players, doing everything in midfield – passing, tackling, intercepting and leading – something to build on for the Swiss.
Saka – 6
Had some bright moments and had some beautiful free-kicks in dangerous areas for the Gunners. Moved to left-back in the second-half.
Smith Rowe – 5
Lots of reasons to be excited about this youngster but was figured out by an experienced and resilient Palace defence.
Aubameyang – 5
Desperately wanted to be Arsenal’s main threat but could not get going in the final third.
Lacazette – 5
Similar story for Lacazette, who has been in fine form for the Gunners recently, but ultimately faded as the game wore on.
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