Mikel Arteta blast Arsenal’s ‘unacceptable’ performance against Crystal Palace


Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal’s performance in their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night was ‘unacceptable’.

The Gunners came into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would have moved them back into the top four at the expense of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Instead, they ended the night in fifth with Spurs clinging onto the final Champions League spot on goal difference.

Palace pressed Arsenal high from the outset and took the lead early on through Jean-Philippe Mateta. Jordan Ayew then doubled their advantage later in the first half before Wilfried Zaha won and then converted a late penalty to seal a famous victory for the Eagles.

Speaking after the match, Arteta confessed that he had been worried by his players’ performance.

“Congratulations first of all to Crystal Palace for winning the match and the way they performed, but we weren’t at the races today especially in the first half,” he said.


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