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Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal’s resilience after win over Crystal Palace

Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s fight in their 2-0 win over crystal palace but admitted that much more was demanded of his attackers.

The Gunners walked away with the three points at Selhurst Park thanks to a first-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and an own goal from the late Marc Guehi.

Arsenal dominated the opening exchanges but the Eagles challenged Arteta’s side after the restart as the visitors failed to create second-half chances on Gabriel Jesus’ competitive debut.

“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal,” Arteta said.

“We had a situation to finish them better, even in the second half, but it’s something that has to come. We didn’t score many goals, we lacked that real advantage.

Still, the Gunners boss was pleased with his side’s overall effort, a marked improvement from their 2-0 loss to Brentford at the start of last season.

Martinelli nearly put Arsenal on the scoresheet early in the first half when the ball landed at his feet on the edge of the penalty area, but the Brazilian’s effort sailed well past the goal.

Redemption followed after he rose higher to nod in game opener in front of a crowded goal in the 20th minute.

Some expected it to be Jesus’ departure from the spotlight, but it was fellow debutant William Saliba who shone brightest in a brilliant turn at the back in frustrating attempt after Eagles attempt to create chances .

William Saliba slips to tackle Wilfried Zaha (Adam Davy/PA)

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“You don’t really see that,” said his impressed boss.

“Being 21 in the Premier League, against these physical players and resolving the situation the way he did, with that composure, composure and presence. Big credit to the boy.

The match was decided when Bukayo Saka’s cross in the 85th minute hit the head of the hapless Guehi.

Arteta was ultimately thrilled to come away victorious under the daunting Friday night lights at Selhurst Park, looking at a very different side to that which fell to the Eagles 3-0 when they last met in south London.

“I’m really happy,” he added. “Three points and a clean sheet against a really tough opponent and a really tough place when they have the people, and as we expected we were going to have some tough times in the game.

“You don’t win here without resilience. We went through that last season, we started in a really different way than last season when we were here.

“It’s building that mentality and finding a way to get through those moments, to maintain clean sheets in this league, is going to be vital to our success, so hopefully that will also instill some confidence in the team.

Patrick Vieira saw his team beaten (Adam Davy/PA)

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Boss of the Eagles patrick vierameanwhile, lamented the one who fled.

The hosts’ best chance came to fruition Eberechi Ezewho found himself in a one-on-one after receiving an accurate pass from Wilfried Zaha but missed his effort.

“Today I think the biggest difference is that we didn’t take that chance or those chances that we created to at least score a point tonight,” Vieira said.

“We had a really good momentum at times, but the story of the game is that we didn’t score that goal to get back into the game. That’s what it’s about today.”

Earlier this week, the Palace boss admitted he was ‘run out of numbers’ and had seen gaps all over the pitch.

Whether or not the solutions come from the transfer window or from within, he said, depends on the coffers – which will have been boosted by Christian Benteke’s exit to DC United just before Friday’s game.

“We are always looking to improve the team,” added Vieira. “If we find the right players with the right budget, we will try to do that.

“Otherwise there are players here who will grow over the course of the season, players who are ready to work hard for the club, and we have to keep challenging those players.”

Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal’s resilience after win over Crystal Palace

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