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One area of Arsenal’s XI singled out as ‘the problem’ following last-gasp Crystal Palace stalemate

One area of Arsenal’s XI singled out as ‘the problem’ following last-gasp Crystal Palace stalemate

 

Viewers of Arsenal’s meeting with Crystal Palace this evening have taken to social media in their droves, to highlight the club’s midfield as an area of concern.

Laca strikes at the death

Mikel Arteta’s men made their post-international break return to action a short time ago, in the final fixture of the Premier League weekend.

The Gunners headed into proceedings aiming to keep alive a positive recent spell of form, having racked up ten points from an available twelve across the club’s last four outings.

When all was said and done at the Emirates on Monday, though, Arsenal were brought back down to earth, courtesy of a 2nd-straight stalemate.

An altogether underwhelming performance ultimately culminated in the hosts requiring a last-gasp equaliser, to secure a share of the spoils for themselves.

It was Arsenal who opened the game’s scoring early on, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did superbly to slot home from a tight angle at the back post:

The visiting Palace, though, soon fought back, levelling things up though Christian Benteke.

Then, inside the closing twenty minutes, the clash was turned firmly on its head, as a lightning breakaway resulted in Odsonne Edouard lashing home off the underside of the crossbar:

But there was still time for some late, late drama…

Amid a concerted spell of injury-time pressure, Ben White’s effort at goal eventually made its way to substitute Alexandre Lacazette, who lashed home from close range, securing a point with the last kick of the game.

Midfield woes

Arsenal, in turn, avoided what would otherwise likely have been deemed as nothing short of a disastrous result.

In truth, though, their performance this evening left A LOT to be desired.

Mikel Arteta’s men looked disjointed from the off, neither particularly threatening in the final third, nor solid on the defensive side of the ball.

And, as outlined above, such struggles have since seen one particular area of the Gunners’ XI singled out as the most glaringly problematic on the back of the full-time whistle at the Emirates.

The area in question? Midfield.

One area of Arsenal’s XI singled out as ‘the problem’ following last-gasp Crystal Palace stalemate

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey receives treatment for an injury during the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates Sadium in north London on August 1, 2021 (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Both of Palace’s goals on Monday night came as a direct result of lapses in the middle of the park, as Thomas Partey and Sambi Lokonga, introduced in the 2nd-half in an attempt to add some stability, took turns conceding possession in dangerous areas.

The pairing of the Ghanaian and Belgian looked completely unbalanced, with the presence of the oft-maligned Granit Xhaka having been sorely missed throughout the 90 minutes.

Further forward, big-money summer addition Martin Odegaard too toiled, failing in his efforts to exert any kind of creative influence on proceedings.

In turn, it should come as little surprise to see social media awash with criticism of Arsenal’s midfield, with just some of the highlights showcased below:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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