Emery Down But Not Out After Palace Draw

Emery Down But Not Out After Palace Draw

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Unai Emery was disappointed but not downbeat as Arsenal’s winning run came to an end in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Granit Xhaka’s fine free-kick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s close-range finish had put the Gunners 2-1 up, but Luka Milivojevic struck his second goal of the game in the 83rd minute to earn the Eagles a point.

Emery’s Arsenal struggled for the same fluidity that has been such a highlight since his appointment as manager.

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Milivojevic’s 83rd-minute goal also ended their pursuit of a club record for successive victories, which remains at 14, and despite previously dismissing talk of hoping to make history, he conceded his disappointment that they could no longer do so.

“A little bit (disappointed),” the 46-year-old said. “But we are in a good position to achieve our objectives. The team can improve. This draw is not bad. We want to win each match, but here is not easy for every team. Our challenge is every match to continue to learn our process, and improve.”

Meanwhile, when asked about Mesut Ozil’s unhappiness at being substituted, Emery added: “It’s normal. Not happy because the result was not good at the end. But it’s normal.

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

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