Christian Benteke demands Crystal Palace be more ruthless after Arsenal dish out another harsh lesson

It was a familiar story for Patrick Vieira’s side, who also conceded a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton last month, and Benteke believes he and his team-mates are learning from their mistakes in the toughest way possible.

“This kind of game when you are leading, you can’t draw. You have to go back home with the three points,” he said.

“I can’t just say it’s concentration. There’s a lot of things going on. There is emotion. We are leading, we are away from home. It’s a tough game and we are tired. There is a lot of things going on.

“But I think it’s no excuse, because it’s not the first time we are dropping points. I think we will learn from our mistakes, but we are learning the hard way.

“It’s a frustrating result for us tonight. I think we are playing the way the manager wants us to play: with intensity, playing football. Now it’s not enough. To win a Premier League game we have to be more ruthless, and play with more experience – and stop conceding those late goals.”

Other than the opening 15 minutes or so, Palace were the better team and deserved to leave north London with all three points.

They restricted Arsenal to a few chances and, when they had the chance to counter, they looked threatening on the break.

Christian Benteke celebrates his equaliser

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“I’m really disappointed for my players, because they played well, they showed a lot of character and personality,” said Vieira.

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