Alexandre Lacazette shares what Mikel Arteta told him about Arsenal fans, after scoring equaliser on Monday
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Alexandre Lacazette shares what Mikel Arteta told him about Arsenal fans, after scoring equaliser on Monday

Alexandre Lacazette has been quoted by BBC Sport as saying that Mikel Arteta told him Arsenal play better with the fans on side, on Monday night.

Arsenal snatched a point in the dying seconds of the all-London affair at The Emirates. Lacazette finished well to draw the match 2-2.

The Gunners had taken the lead when Nicolas Pepe’s effort was saved, only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the rebound. Palace came back.

It was a tale of two midfield mistakes from Arsenal. Firstly, Thomas Partey gifting possession to Palace – allowing Christian Benteke to rifle home.

Then, Albert Lokonga lost the ball and Palace broke – Michael Olise sweeping a pass out to Odsonne Edouard who did the rest, off the crossbar.

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But deep into injury time, substitute Lacazette had the last say – scoring on the angle. He shared what Arteta said about the Arsenal fans.

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“He [Mikel Arteta] told us when we play well the fans are with us. This is what I tried to bring. When the fans are with us it gives us players energy.

“We need to give them what they want. We showed we have character. Even when we are down we don’t give up,” Lacazette added.

Lacazette on Arteta: Did Arsenal deserve point against Palace?

Probably not. Palace were excellent, continually showing signs of improvement under the guidance of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.

Defensively solid, hard-working in midfield and efficient up top. The Eagles have an identity already under Vieira, and it is serving them well.

They deserved to beat Arsenal and came so close to taking six points against both North London sides – only for the Gunners to score late on.

Judging by this encounter, Palace will be rivalling Arsenal for a place in the top 10 this season – and Vieira’s side perhaps look the more likely.

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