Arteta: The draw was a fair result
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Arteta: The draw was a fair result

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left frustrated after his team was forced to a draw at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday night. 

The Gunners were on a three-match win run before they faced their fellow London opponents, and it ended in a stalemate. 

It could have been worse for Arteta's side as the visitors came close to scoring on a number of occasions, but missed opportunities with Bernd Leno also brilliant in goal. 

Speaking after the match, the Spaniard admitted the team was far from impressive and lacked quality in front of goal.   

"I am disappointed because we wanted to win the game but I think the draw is a fair result because we lacked some presence and some quality in the final third to win tonight," he said. 

Adding: "We lacked some quality and end product in the final third to win the game. We took a point, another clean sheet which is really positive, but disappointing not to get the three points.

“I think the spirit - and we did have some difficulties in the game where we started to give  some difficult balls away without any pressure - and the attitude the team showed in tracking back, I think the boys were terrific there but we lacked that freshness today and that spark in the final third,"

The draw left the Gunners on 24 points, 12 off league leaders Liverpool, but could drop further if Leeds United win their match against Brighton on Saturday. 

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