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Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace: LIVE! Latest news and reaction from Arteta

Arsenal saw their recent Premier League resurgence checked as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.

Having won their last three league outings to end a barren spell, the Gunners were unable to find a way past their visitors – who came closest to winning the game through a James Tomkins header which hit the crossbar.

The 0-0 draw means Palace remain unbeaten in their previous five meetings with Arsenal and they stay just a point behind Mikel Arteta’s men.

Arsenal made two changes to the side that won 4-0 at West Brom in their last league outing – both enforced as Kieran Tierney and Pablo Mari were left out as precautions.

The hosts were largely frustrated by a Palace side playing on the counter-attack and on the few occasions they did get in behind, they largely wasted the opportunity.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot straight at Vicente Guaita in one moment of promise, while Hector Bellerin managed to take the ball off the foot of team-mate Alexandre Lacazette when the in-form France forward looked poised to strike.

It would be Palace who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the interval – firstly as Eberechi Eze’s deep free-kick was headed against the frame of the goal by Tomkins.

Then Bernd Leno was called into action, making a fine diving stop to keep out Christian Benteke’s effort moments later.

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Hector Bellerin: The spark was missing

“They did defend really well with loads of players and we tried to break that low block.

“I feel that little spark, that little bit of creativity, or just that shot or chance that you can get sometimes was missing today.

“We can’t fault our team for the effort. We tried really hard defensively, offensively, and today we didn’t have that little bit of luck that we needed.

“Credit to them, they did really well. They knew what they were coming here for, they are a team that on the counter-attack they can be really dangerous. They played their game and they go away with a point.”

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Ebere Eze hails ‘great’ Palace performance

Eze told Sky Sports: “I think we put in a good performance. We worked hard, showed our quality on the ball as well. It’s a good point to take.

“In these type of games you need a chance to go in, and it’s difficult because you go long spells without the ball. But it’s a great performance I think.

“They are a great team with loads of quality. With the type of players they have, you have to always be alert and keep working hard, and I think we did that.”

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Full-time: Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

That’s it – an entertaining goalless draw, to be honest.

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Another Palace tactical foul – clever from them.

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93 mins: Eze stands over the corner – one more chance to win it?

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Luiz and Holding go up for this free-kick, Saka bends in a superb ball, but it’s cleared brilliantly. Now Palace break with those two up the pitch, but Ayew scuffs his shot and can only win a corner.

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The fouls are coming thick and fast now, with Palace looking content to deal with whatever Arsenal can throw at them in the air.

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91 mins: Palace look like they’ll take a point now – their shape looks solid, especially in midfield.

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Four minutes of injury time

240 seconds for either side to find a winner…

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Partey has the ball deep, but there’s not much on…


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