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Unai Emery didn’t put the blame of the defeat against Crystal Palace on Shokdran Mustafi whose schoolboy error in the second half of the game resulted in the Gunners conceding a vital goal which proved to be the difference at the end as they lost by a margin of just one goal to a comparatively far weaker opponent.

And this was not the first time in the season that Mustafi made an error like that. His performance in the heart of defense over the course of the season has not helped Arsenal much and once again, the team had to pay for his recklessness.

Although it was clear that Mustafi’s error was a big reason why Arsenal couldn’t get a point on the night, the manager chose not to be critical of the 27-year old.

According to Emery, “it was of course a massive game as three points here could have gone a long way in helping Arsenal end the Premiership season“ in top 4 of the standings and this loss is now going to hurt their chances and it’s indeed a matter of frustration, but the good thing is that their fate is still up to them and they don’t have to depend on the results of the other teams. As far as tonight is concerned, he is not going to pick a particular person and try and suggest that he is the one “responsible for this result“. He would prefer talking about the mistakes in a general way rather than being particular about anyone.

“I think we can speak about them all generally and not focus on individual issues.” Emery was quoted saying by talkSPORT.

The Gunners presently have 66 points out of the 34 games they have played.