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Arsenal took all three points from Crystal Palace on the penultimate day of the Premier League season as Roy Hodgson was almost gifted a fitting send off for his final Selhurst Park outing.
Following Nicolas Pepe's opener, Christian Benteke scored in his forth consecutive league outing for the first time since way back in April of 2013 before Gabriel Martinelli's winner.
The Gunners were made to compete with a grateful home crowd on their return to the ground, and could've come off worse with Benteke and Wilfried Zaha lively throughout the contest.
Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at three things Mikel Arteta got right and wrong in setting up his team for the encounter, as they added to their fine run of form.
Right – Faith in Pepe
Arteta has been rewarded for keeping faith in Pepe as the Ivory Coast winger continues to impress following a tricky period after his £72m move from Lille back in 2019.
Despite intense pressure on the winger following a poor run, he has bounced back thanks to the support of his manager.
The 25-year-old has now managed an impressive 14 goals across all competitions so far this season, and looks set to play a key role again after the summer.
Right – Gabriel Martinelli cameo
Gabriel Martinelli was only handed the last 12 minutes of action from the bench during the competitive clash, leaving supporters at home feeling initially frustrated.
Some had wondered what plans Arteta has for the youngster, who had impressed on his debut season for the club before being struck down with serious injury.
However, we would provide a crucial impact when entering the action, putting his side 2-1 ahead with minutes remaining.
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Wrong – Physical mismatch
Despite the obvious fine form of Christian Benteke, Arsenal failed to deal with his physical threat from set-pieces.
The Belgian's goal came after he brushed off challenges from both Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel, with Arteta's plan to deal with the danger man failing.
Arteta will be sure to focus on strengthening his defence across the summer, and will need to make the most of the budget promised by the under-pressure owners.
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