Arteta bemoans ‘unacceptable’ moment and weighs in on Auba red

Date published: Saturday 11th January 2020 3:08


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left to rue a defensive lapse that cost the Gunners three points versus Crystal Palace, and weighed in on the straight red card received by star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners looked set for another three points after taking a one goal lead at the break, but a deflected effort from Jordan Ayew restored parity and Aubameyang saw red either side of the hour mark to leave the Gunners reeling.

Arsenal boss Arteta was understandably pleased with the first-half showing, but blasted the poor defending that led to Palace’s equaliser.

Speaking to BT Sport immediately following the match, the Spaniard said: “I was really pleased with the first half.

“We conceded the goal where we switched off completely. That is unacceptable and I’m really upset with that.

“We reacted very well after conceding the goal.

“After Auba’s red card we were the team I expected because everybody was at it.”

On the red card, Arteta said: “I haven’t seen it but I think it was a harsh challenge. There is no intention to do it but maybe he mistimed it.”

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Greek defender Sokratis was equally dismayed at having to settle for one point.

Giving his thoughts to BT Sport following the feisty clash, Sokratis said: “If we watch the game again, we are disappointed because we played much better than them and had the chances to win the game. The first 35 minutes we played very good and did what our manager asked.

“In the next 10 minutes and first 10 minutes of the second half, we lost the mentality and structure.

“VAR is there to help the referee. I didnt show a good reaction but we are disappointed because we haven’t had a lot of luck. It wasn’t against VAR or anything.”

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