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Arsenal 2 vs 2 Crystal Palace: Three things we learnt from disappointing draw

Unai Emery has continued to leave Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal team completely. [Image: Getty]

Arsenal played out a rather disappointing 2-2 draw against fellow London side Crystal Palace on Sunday evening at the Emirates Stadium.

After dropping four points in games against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace in just under a week, there’s certainly pressure on the Arsenal with Unai Emery right in the thick of things.

But first, here are three things we learnt from the two points dropped at home to the Eagles.

1. We desperately lack creativity

Arsenal have failed to score from open play in the Premier League in 3 matches.

Before the international break, we took on Bournemouth and scored the only goal of the game at the Emirates from a set piece. A corner which was delivered by Nicolas Pepe and turned in by David Luiz.

Coming back from the international break, we went away to Sheffield United and failed to score, but conceded a rather cheap goal.

And now, against Palace, Arsenal scored two quick fire goals from two set pieces yet again. Two corners delivered by Pepe was turned in by Luiz and Sokratis. Palace fought back and the game ended 2-2. Which meant we have gone three games (270 minutes) without scoring from open play in the Premier League.

For a team with arguably one of the most deadliest and most expensive attacking front-line in the League this season, this is an absolute disgrace. But why is this so?

Simply put, NO creativity behind the strikers! And I don’t need to explain to you who’s fault that is or do I?

2. Emery could leave sooner than we think

It’s becoming an embarrassing situation really, and someone has to answer for it. That person is clearly Unai Emery.

Has he lost the dressing room? Are the players no longer willing to play for him? Is he getting the best out of the players individually and also out of the team put together? Is his confusing tactics the problem? This are some of the many questions on the mind of fans right now and on social media. 

But one thing is clear, this cannot continue until Christmas and into the new year, so it certainly means we could be looking at a new man in charge at Arsenal. 

Yes, Emery could be leaving sooner than we or he even thinks. 

3. It’s November, whats our best starting XI?

Emery has had August, September, October and now November of complete and fully fit players. Still, I have absolutely no clue what his best XI is.

I’ll leave you to answer that in the comment section below.


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