Arteta and Bellerin agree on what Arsenal were missing against Crystal Palace

Hector Bellerin has echoed Mikel Arteta's admission that Arsenal sorely missed Kieran Tierney in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Gunners went into the match on a run of four wins, with Tierney playing a vital role in recent successes.

But Arteta confirmed before kick-off his star left-back would miss the clash with the Eagles through "muscle soreness".

In Tierney's absence, Arsenal were outshot by their Emirates visitors and Arteta admitted his side lacked the attacking threat the Scot poses on the flank.

And while Bellerin praised the performance of stand-in left-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, he was in agreement that Tierney's absence hampered Arsenal.

"Yeah, I think so," said the Spanish right-back told Sky Sports when quizzed on whether Arsenal missed Tierney. "I think we miss every single player when they’re not on the pitch.

"We also have great players coming back and I think Ainsley did a great job again filling in, such a versatile player.

"But it’s true that Kieran was also enjoying very good form and we did miss that probably on the left side but we have very talented players in many areas that can come.

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"We’re not a team where it’s all down to one player, we need to find ways to be creative and ways to break down other teams, whatever challenge they give us. We need to keep improving on that."

Bellerin's admission came after Gunners boss Arteta lamented the absence of a "really important player" in Tierney.

He told Sky Sports : "He’s a real threat and the way we are playing and the way we attack on that left side.

"He’s a really important player, but we didn’t have him. He’s injured and we had to find other solutions."

Arteta also confirmed Tierney would be sent for an MRI scan and was unsure whether the former Celtic star would be fit to face Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday.

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