Jamie Redknapp blasts 'flat' Arsenal display in Crystal Palace draw

Jamie Redknapp blasts ‘flat’ Arsenal performance in goalless draw with Crystal Palace and says Mikel Arteta’s side ‘can’t get too carried away’ after their recent resurgent form

  • Arsenal’s run of good form ended with a goalless draw against Crystal Palace
  • The Gunners produced a ‘flat’ display as they struggled to create many chances
  • Jamie Redknapp said that Arsenal ‘can’t get too carried away’ after recent form 

Jamie Redknapp has criticised Arsenal for their ‘flat’ display during Thursday’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace.

Mikel Arteta’s side struggled to break down their opponents who were able to create the better chances during the game.

It ended a four-game winning steak for the Gunners which started with Boxing Day’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea.

Arsenal struggled to create chances as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace

Arteta was left frustrated as his side lacked the final spark to put their opposition away

Since then they’ve had victories over West Brom, Brighton and then Newcastle in the FA Cup, but Sky Sports pundit Redknapp says that Arsenal ‘can’t get too carried away’ despite their recent good form.

He said: ‘When a team sits back but they have got pace on the counter you need that first-goal and then the game gets open and you get more chances on the break. But Arsenal were flat. 

‘You needed (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang to get on the ball to make something happen, (Alexandre) Lacazette wasn’t as sharp as recent weeks and the spark wasn’t there. 

‘It felt very difficult with a lot of games going on, right now without the crowd it’s almost a bit monotonous it feels like a training game.

‘(Arsenal) Can’t get too carried away they beat Newcastle, Brighton and West Brom and the Chelsea game was a derby and it was a big performance and a huge win for the manager. But it was a Chelsea performance devoid of any confidence. 

‘At times like this you have to be honest and say it wasn’t good enough. The positive is Partey coming back especially if he stays fit. But one of those days you’re not at your best and take the point.’

Redknapp’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Alex Scott described the performance as a ‘reality check’ for Arsenal.

Jamie Redknapp said Arsenal ‘can’t get too carried away’ despite their recent good patch

She said: ‘I could sit here and be frustrated with the performance but I think it’s a reality check of where this Arsenal team are. 

‘The fact that we’re talking about relying on the youngsters in this team, so actually how critical can I sit here and be when that’s what Arsenal are dependent on at the moment. 

‘And though you have to change those youngsters, they had to change (Bukayo) Saka from the position he was playing well in to left back. They’re also bringing in experienced players that are not really giving you anything. We have to remind ourselves this Arsenal team when you look at it, it’s about trying to climb the table and still rebuild.’

Arsenal sit 11th in the Premier League table following the draw, and will hope to return to winning ways against Newcastle on Monday.  

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