MikelArteta admitted Arsenal were suffering from weakness after their recent revival ground to a halt in a scrappy 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Mikel ‘s side had won their previous four matches in all competitions, but they were fortunate extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Palace were unable to convert several first half chances at the Emirates Stadium and, although Arsenal improved after the interval, they missed a chance to climb into the top half of the Premier League.
“I wanted to see a win and a few goals but we were fatigued. I cannot fault the spirit but it wasn’t enough,” Mikel said.
“We created a lot of situations against the low block but there was a period when we gave the ball away too much.
“We are playing a lot of games and you can see weakness. Many players aren’t fresh. We lacked the quality in the final third to win the game said Mikel.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has endured a difficult season and, once again, Arsenal’s captain was a diffident figure.
Kiernan Tierney was absent with muscle tightness and the Gunners missed the Scotland left-back’s busy presence.
The Gabon forward briefly sparked into life and tested Vicente Guaita with a fierce strike that was parried by the Palace keeper.
But Palace were finding their feet on a wet evening and Granit Xhaka had to make a perfectly timed sliding tackle to stop Wilfried Zaha getting a shot away after the forward slalomed into the penalty area.
James Tomkins was inches away from giving Roy Hodgson’s men the lead as the Palace defender got above Rob Holding to glance his header against the bar from Eberechi Eze’s free-kick.
Arsenal were struggling to get out of their own half and Bernd Leno had to make a superb save to repel Benteke’s header from Mitchell’s cross.
Palace broke through the Arsenal defence again when Christian Benteke scooped his shot wastefully over from 10 yards after good work by Tyrick Mitchell.