Arsenal get disappointing home result against Crystal Palace in tough EPL clash

Arsenal get disappointing home result against Crystal Palace in tough EPL clash

- This is the first 0-0 draw at the Emirates in nearly four years

- Crystal Palace hit the woodwork and forced great saves from Bernd Leno in first half chances

- The draw leaves Arsenal on 11th place with 24 points as Arteta took his unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games

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Arsenal were frustrated to a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace as Mikel Arteta missed the chance to secure four straight wins as Gunners boss.

Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace: Gunners held to frustrating draw at Emirates
Arsenal could only muster a draw against a determined Crystal Palace side. Photo by Neil Hall
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Only a point separated the two London sides going into the match, with both teams aware that either could leap to the top half of the table with a win.

Arsenal looked to make it four wins on the bounce and started the game with a lot of dominance but it was Crystal Palace who had the better chances of the half.

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The Gunners played with some fluidity in the opening exchanges but were limited to speculative efforts early on as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka tested the visiting keeper from distance.

Palace nearly snatched an unlikely late in the first half after Eberechi Eze clipped in a lovely cross which was met by James Tomkins who saw his effort strike the woodwork.

Benteke then had another header brilliantly saved by Bernd Leno after rising highest to meet Tyrick Mitchell’s perfect cross

Despite the first half onslaught from the visitors, Arsenal came out with much more intent after the break and a series of attacks forced Palace to sink deep in their own half.

Mikel Arteta introduced Nicolas Pepe midway through the half in place of Ainstley Maitland Niles in the hopes of snatching the lead as the two sides kept cancelling each other out.

Arsenal were thoroughly dominant in possession in the second half, limiting Palace to unlikely counter attacks.

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Notably, the visitors’ danger man Wilfried Zaha was thoroughly subdued for large parts of the game.

Despite half chances late in the game, both sides had to settle for a stalemate as Arsenal stayed at 11th place on 24 points, eight behind Leicester City in fourth.

The biggest positive from the game as far as Arteta’s side is concerned will be the fact that they kept another clean sheet which can be seen as a move in the right direction.

Earlier, had reported how Arsenal who are Premier League giants are planning to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Neto as a cover-up for first choice Leno after disappointing performances from Runarsson.

Mikel Arteta and his wards at the Emirates stadium are currently not having it rosy in the Premier League considering their position and the Gunners' boss want to bolster his squad.

Arsenal actually started the ongoing Premier League season with Leno and Emiliano Martínez as their two best goalkeepers before the Argentine later moved to Aston Villa.

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