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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has brought the spirit back for Sokratis

ARSENAL defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos believes new boss Mikel Arteta has unified the squad after they held on with ten men to draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors ahead 12 minutes into the game but Jordan Ayew levelled.

The Gunners’ hopes of victory took a blow when Aubameyang was sent off after 67 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Max Meyer, which saw VAR upgrade Paul Tierney’s original yellow card to a red.

In the end both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils as Arteta’s men stretched their unbeaten run to three games.

‘We had the chances and we were unlucky,’ Sokratis (pictured above) said. ‘I am very happy that we showed this spirit, especially after the red card.

‘I think this period has been better with what we’re doing right now, that we’re fighting all together, than how it was two or three months ago. We have to look forward, improve and play better of course, but with this spirit.’

The Greece international admitted he was slightly frustrated with VAR, after the technology was used to send off Aubameyang.

He added: ‘VAR is there to help the referees. I didn’t show a very good reaction but we are disappointed this year because we have been a little bit unlucky with VAR.

‘We’ve lost many points. It’s not against VAR or referees, we’re just unlucky.’