Unai Emery takes aim at Arsenal defence and Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Unai Emery blamed his defenders for getting themselves into danger as Wilfried Zaha won a late penalty for Palace.

Zaha seemed to fall over Granit Xhaka’s outstretched leg, although there was contact, to win a spot-kick as Crystal Palace halted Arsenal’s winning run at 11.

After, Emery moaned: “When you are defending in your penalty area, you have to be calm.

“Was it a penalty or not a penalty? I respect the referee’s decision. But we need to not concede chances to give away penalties.

"We need to control the ball, and keep the opposition far from our area. We cannot do that at the moment."


As for Mesut Ozil throwing down his gloves on anger at being taken off in the second half, Emery had little sympathy: “It’s normal, that a player is not happy. I’m not happy because the result was not good at the end.

“I like the players showing character when we are not playing well. When I chose him to take him off, it was 2-1 to us – usually every player wants to continue playing.

“I am disappointed that our good runs has ended. But we are in a process, and in a good position now to achieve our objectives. It’s difficult away from home in this league – this draw is not a bad result. The team can improve. We want to win each match, but Palace are a good team, and it is never easy here.

"But our challenge is every match to continue to learn our process, and improve.”

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: “I think absolutely we deserved the draw.

“Especially when our players were complaining about the handball involved for their second goal. It was tremendous that the players came back from that.

“It’s not easy having led at the interval and then finding ourselves trailing 2-1, to come back and force an equaliser. The players deserve a lot of praise.”

Hodgson also praised Luka Milivojevic, who missed a penalty last week at Everton , bit kept his head to score coolly twice from the spot.

Hodgson said: “That’s all credit to him. To step up once again having missed a decisive penalty, which cost us points probably at Everton, was great credit to Luka. It’s not just about technique in those situations. It’s a question of mental strength. You need players with that mental strength to step up.

“We were playing against a team packed with top quality players, who had just won 11 games on the bounce, so to keep all of their players of note as quiet as we did, was excellent.

”They were very disciplined. For the two goals, the amount of possession we had in the final third, the amount of penalty areas, two goals is scant reward.”

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