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Patrick Vieira laments Eberechi Eze’s missed chance as Crystal Palace fall to defeat against Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli put the Gunners ahead as Mikel Arteta’s side got off to a fast start at Selhurst Park, but Palace grew in the game and had chances to level.

A header from Odsonne Edouard was saved by Aaron Ramsdale when the striker really should have scored, and Eberechi Eze’s tame effort was too close to the Arsenal keeper shortly after the break when played without foul on goal.

Palace’s late charge ended with five minutes remaining as Marc Guehi headed Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net, ensuring Vieira’s former club walked away with all three points.

The Palace boss was serenaded by the away supporters in the final minutes, although it did little to improve his mood as he reflected on what might have been had his side shown a more clinical advantage.

“I don’t know if 2-0 is well deserved for Arsenal, both teams haven’t really created many chances,” Vieira told BBC Sport.

“The two goals we conceded were poor. And then for us, when we had these good moments, the momentum, we created two very good chances to get back into the game and we didn’t take them, and that was the frustration today.

“We knew how good this team was, we watched them play in pre-season and they play with a lot of confidence and quality in the team. You have to defend well as a team and we did it, especially better in the second half.

“At the same time, those chances we didn’t take cost us the game – at a very important moment in the game. That of Eze in the second half, we expect him to put it to the bottom of the game. nets, because we were all over them. If you score that, with the fans behind, the game will be different.”

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