Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: ‘Sell him’, ‘I’m sick of him’: Arsenal fans rip into their own player after Crystal Palace draw
A number of Arsenal fans have been commenting on Twitter about the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace today and Matteo Guendouzi’s performance earned some criticism from the Emirates Stadium faithful.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi played the second half of the Gunners’ draw at Crystal Palace but some of the Emirates Stadium faithful weren’t happy with his display.
Video: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 1-1 | Highlights & All Goals Full HD (11/01/2020) Aubameyang Red Card
The 20-year-old was a somewhat unknown addition when he arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 2018 from French club Lorient for a reported £7million plus bonuses but he quickly worked his way into Gunners first-team contention.
Guendouzi has already made 74 appearances for Arsenal, including 25 this season, and won the club’s Player of the Month award in September, but his form has been somewhat hit and miss in recent months and he has largely been utilised as a squad player following Unai Emery’s sacking.
The Frenchman was brought on at half time of the Selhurst Park clash by Mikel Arteta following Lucas Torreira’s withdrawal due to a knock.
However, he failed to have much of an impact as Arsenal lost some of their tenacity, and some fans thought it wasn’t much of a surprise that the Gunners conceded after the Uruguayan came off.
Here is what several Arsenal supporters have been saying on Twitter about Guendouzi:
Guendouzi is having the hardest time unlearning whatever confusion Unai drilled into the team
— Adi (@adithyadesign) January 11, 2020
Guendouzi sucks and needs a loan. I’m tweeting this into existence idc I’m sick of him ruining the midfield man
— Kalvin (@AFCKalv) January 11, 2020
I have always said Torriera and Xhaka must play together for this team to move forward. Guendouzi and Willock need a loan, if we a serious club we should get Grealish or Maddison someone that can link up play well.
— Afc Henry (@AfcHry) January 11, 2020
I hope for better news in the coming days… I can’t take another disasterclass from Guendouzi, the boy is so overrated
— Chukwuebuka H. Chukwuebuka (@nelsentaylors) January 11, 2020
Today’s performance shows more than ever how important it is to add a centre midfielder. We were a different side the minute Torreira went off. Xhaka and Guendouzi can’t play together, and an injury to Torreira will cost us heavily. Two more dropped points. #CRYARS
— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) January 11, 2020
If we’re keeping Xhaka, Guendouzi has to go out on loan at least. Both of them in the XI doesn’t work. Sign a proper midfielder this month or in the summer
— Agenda King (@AFCBenji) January 11, 2020
Torreira is rreally missed in the middle.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) January 11, 2020
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put the Gunners ahead in the first break with a well-worked team goal, but Jordan Ayew brought the hosts level after the break, his effort leaving Bernd Leno with little chance after bouncing off David Luiz.
Aubameyang was then sent off following a tackle which caught Max Meyer on the left ankle, VAR overturning the initial booking given to him by referee Paul Tierney, and the final score of 1-1 saw Arteta’s side remain below Roy Hodgson’s charges in the Premier League table.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he did not meant to injure Max Meyer with the foul which earned him a red card against Crystal Palace.
The Arsenal captain had fired his side into an early lead, finishing a fine passing move in typically economical fashion but the Gunners were unable to build on their early lead.
A series of defensive errors culminated in Jordan Ayew’s deflected equaliser shortly after half time and Arsenal were left to cling onto a point after Aubameyang was red carded midway through the second period.
Referee Paul Tierney originally handed Aubameyang a yellow card after he tried to tackle Meyer but missed the ball and made contact with the German’s ankle forcing VAR to intervene.
‘Hopefully Max Meyer [will] get well soon,’ Aubameyang wrote on Instagram.
‘I really didn’t want to challenge him so hard and I appreciate that the boys fought hard to take that win but unfortunately we come back with a draw we keep going.’
Despite being at a numerical disadvantage for much of the second half, Arsenal came closest to snatching all three points when Nicolas Pepe’s shot was touched onto the inside of the post by Vicente Guaita, before the Palace goalkeeper smothered Alexandre Lacazette’s follow up.
In turn, not only is that a major blow for Arsenal in terms of winning the game against Palace to be without their talisman for most of the second half, but he will also now face a suspension as a result.
With 16 goals in 26 games so far this season, there is little doubt that his absence will be a major setback for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to deal with, while it’s hoped that Max Meyer hasn’t picked up any damage to his ankle.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sent off!
He was originally shown a yellow card for his challenge on Max Meyer, but had it raised to a red after a VAR check! pic.twitter.com/1eV91CF32Y
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 11, 2020
🔴 Aubameyang is SENT! 🔴
VAR reviews an initial yellow for the Arsenal captain, and you can see why 😳
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) January 11, 2020
Manager Mikel Arteta was pleased with his side’s response to going down to 10 men, saying: ;That’s what I wanted to see from my team.
‘The reaction was really, really positive and they wanted to win the game. They went for it and we had three or four really good situations. We created the best chance with Nico and Laca. We were unlucky not to win the game.
Mikel Arteta apologised for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card tackle on Max Meyer, calling it “nasty” but insisted it was an out of character challenge.
Arteta had no complaints with the decision to upgrade the punishment from a yellow to a red card.
He said: “I’ve just seen it and it looked nasty to be fair – knowing Auba there is no intention to make that tackle – hopefully the player hasn’t been injured. Sorry for that.”
“I think the first 35 minutes were exactly what I want our Arsenal team to play like,” Arteta said.
“We were at it, we were very dominant, we controlled the game, we were in the right positions and we were so good in transition.
“After that we had a spell when we started to give free-kicks away, it’s more stop-start, but I was really pleased with the first half. The first 10 minutes of the second half, credit to them because they pushed, put balls in the box and threw men up front. We had more difficulties.
“We conceded a goal where we switched off completely and it’s unacceptable, I am upset with that, but after that we reacted very well after conceding goal and after Auba’s red card, we were the team that I expected because everyone was at it again.”
Lucas Torreira was substituted at half-time in the draw having been seen struggling with a muscle problem for various parts of the first half.
Arteta said: “It’s a muscle injury. We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after.”
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: What’s next?
Crystal Palace travel to Manchester City and Arsenal host Sheffield United on Saturday, 18 January (both 15:00 GMT).