Arsenal, led by Mikel Arteta, defeated Crystal Palace yesterday to go top of the Premier League temporarily. Despite winning, Arteta is dissatisfied with how his team squandered opportunities.
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Gabriel Martinelli missed an opportunity to score after just four minutes, which would have been ideal, but he made up for it 15 minutes later when he was in the right spot to connect with Zinchenko’s perfectly placed header into the area.
Odegaard and Jesus both had excellent shooting opportunities, but they overthought it and wasted them. Arsenal had to fight hard to keep Palace at bay. Arsenal’s worries were only allayed when Saka had a fortunate deflection to seal all three points.
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Arteta told Arsenal.com:
It’s a really good win. It’s a very difficult thing to do because they created an atmosphere here and they are a really good side.
They created so many issues and we experienced that last season and to come here and win in the way that we did it, credit to the boys. I’m really happy.
But…… The disappointing thing was that we didn’t score more goals because we had so many opportunities and we looked a real threat, but we cannot expect to do that here for 95 minutes, it’s not going to happen.
Then we have moments where we have to show and dig in and be accountable in our job, especially when we are defending deep, and we did that fantastically well, so I’m really happy to get the clean sheet and the win.