Definite improvement for the gunners under Arteta. They have a clear way of playing and structure. The Spaniard now knows what his best 11 is and best formation 4-5-1. That best 11 was on show at the Emirates. They have gone back to familiar recruitment policies made famous by Arsene Wenger. They go for less expensive younger players that can be coached to world class status such as Japan International Tomiyasu. Tomiyasu , not only is he a good passer which is essential in an Arsenal team(averages 75% pass completion), he wins a lot of aerial duals as well(averaging 3 in the last 5 matches). An inspired signing by Mikel from Bologna. There was a hint of a foul in the build up to Benteke’s equalizer on Saka. But hey, managers tend to exaggerate those moments especially when the result didn’t go as they would have liked.
Palace coach Patrick Viera would have mixed feelings about the outcome of the match on his return to his old club. His side are still conceding very soft goals in my opinion. A little bit of switching on on the far post would have prevented the Aubameyang first goal. But Viera has made an inspired signing of his own. Odsonne Edouard had carved out quite a reputation for himself north of the border in Scotland. He has already scored 3 goals in 3 appearances for the Eagles and averaged 3 shots per game whilst at Celtic. Although his goal here wasn’t particularly defended well(Arsenal caught 3 versus 3), he still had a lot to do to beat Ramsdale and the covering Ben White. On the balance of things a draw is a fair result, Arsenal had the chunk of the shots at goal(17 all in all) and we all know you increase your chances of scoring if you attempt more. And despite having 8 fewer attempts were more clinical. They also employed a similar formation meaning they were bound to cancel each other. Similar sort of players in every department , you can say Gallagher is a similar sort of player to Smith Rowe.