Patrick Vieira admitted it harm to see his Crystal Palace facet concede a last-gasp equaliser that price him a win on his return to Arsenal.
The Frenchman received three Premier League titles and captained the Gunners throughout their unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ marketing campaign and his title rang across the Emirates Stadium earlier than and after an exciting 2-2 draw.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal forward early on however from then on Palace had been the higher facet as Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard struck within the second half to seemingly win the sport – just for substitute Alexandre Lacazette to stage on the dying.
Vieira had pumped the air in celebration at each of Palace’s targets however was left down on his haunches as Lacazette peeled away in jubilation at his late equaliser.
“I was really pleased with the attitude we showed today on the field,” he mentioned. “It was difficult within the first quarter-hour however afterwards we managed and managed the sport fairly effectively.
“That is why the draw hurts – due to the efficiency we had right this moment. I’m actually disillusioned for my gamers as a result of they performed effectively, confirmed plenty of character and character.
“I think when looking at how the game went and coming back in the second half and scoring two goals, the way we conceded the second one, I think it is two points lost for us and we are disappointed not leaving the stadium with a win.”
Arteta: McArthur ought to have seen purple
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left bemoaning the shortage of VAR intervention on the finish of the primary half as Bukayo Saka was kicked on the again of the calf by James McArthur.
The Palace midfielder was booked by referee Mike Dean, however Saka had to be substituted on the break and Arteta was sad that McArthur stayed on the pitch.
“If we want to detect things that are really relevant in a game and can change a football match, then they have to be looked at,” he mentioned.
“That situation is not only affecting them, but we have to take the player off because of the action so it is affecting it two different ways. It is not right.
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“You [need to] make a straight resolution, when it’s so clear and so apparent right away and so they have to play with 10 males.
“Bukayo could not continue, we had to take him off at half-time, I saw the action and I can’t believe how the player continued on the pitch.
“I do not get it. With what we had been defined firstly of the season and what occurred tonight, it would not make any sense.”