Arsenal played exactly how I want in Crystal Palace draw — Arteta

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The Gunners' struggles continued this week when they were held at Selhurst Park when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's early opener was cancelled out by Jordan Ayew in the second half.

The Gabon global was initially shown a yellow card, but after watching just one replay, it was unclear exactly why the Video Assistant Referee took so long to overturn the on-field decision.

The Arsenal captain was dismissed after an hour for a challenge on Max Meyer.

Palace supporters had protested against VAR in the first half and unveiled a banner which read: "Killing the passion".

During Mikel Arteta's first game in charge, Arsenal launched a quick counter after a Bournemouth corner in the sixth minute.

Since his appointment as Arsenal's head coach - if we include the away fixture at Everton Arteta watched from the stands - Arsenal have won two, drawn two and lost one in all competitions.

Palace came out of their shell and started to cause Arsenal some problems, but the Eagles could never find that final pass and were only able to test Bernd Leno with just a couple of minutes left in the first half. "We switched off completely for the goal and that's unacceptable".

It didn't end the way they wanted it to, but Mikel Arteta's side only needed 10 minutes to break the deadlock at Selhurst Park.

"We're frustrated not to get the win, but in the first half they were very good", Palace defender Gary Cahill told BT Sport. When we got to grips with the game we did well.

The Gunners didn't beat Crystal Palace in three meetings in the league under former manager Unai Emery including the last game which saw the two teams share the points in October.

Palace were level ten minutes into the second stanza after Ayew's shot from the right inside channel deflected off David Luiz before looping over Leno.

It has not all been plain sailing, with there still several issues to address at Emirates Stadium, but Nicholas sees the north London outfit working harder than they have done for a while.



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