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'We put the handbrake on'

Despite scoring the opening goal in the first ten minutes, we had to settle for just a point at home to Crystal Palace on Monday night, and Mikel Arteta was a frustrated man at the final whistle.

Speaking to Arsenal Media after the 2-2 draw, he said: "We managed to score the goal, and we were in control. And then our level dropped.

"We had no composure on the ball, we started to give the ball away too easily, we didn't have any sequences in our passes, we wanted to attack in one or two passes and the distances were too big.

"I think we put the handbrake on a little bit. We started to defend something. We were not moving fluently enough and taking the right decisions, playing forward more and being more ambitious to score the second goal in that moment."

The boss praised the team's persistence to earn a late point though, and believes we deserved our late leveller.

"Those players kept believing, they always do, and they never gave up. We scored one and I think we should have scored one or two more."

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