Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira is left on his haunches after a last-gasp equalizer against Crystal Palace.


Arsenal scored right at the death to rescue a point against Crystal Palace, which caused ex-Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira to slump down and slam the ground as victory was stolen from his side

Patrick Vieira was visibly dejected after a late Arsenal equaliser denied Crystal Palace an impressive victory on his return to his former club.

The ex-Gunners midfielder had seen his side flip the game on its head at the Emirates with Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard netting for a 2-1 lead after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored early on.

Vieira thought the Eagles had done enough to secure all three points, but Alexandre Lacazette popped up with a last-gasp equaliser in stoppage time of stoppage time.

The French manager could not hide his disappointment as he began to process the crushing blow.

He slumped down and slammed the ground with his hands before putting his head in them, all the while looking totally crestfallen.

A win would’ve leapfrogged his side above the Gunners in the Premier League table and been a big statement of intent for Vieira.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he said: “It was so close. But, we’ve been saying that too often. We have to learn from these games.

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“The side deserved to win at the end. I’m frustrated for the team. It was unlucky really. I’m disappointed for my player.

“I think the way we played with lots of character it’s good for the rest of the season. But we conceded goals and we need to work on that and put our bodies on the line.

“We were really unlucky today. We’re learning in a harsh way. I think it’s about the characters of the players we have. Working every single day.

“They showed good team spirit and togetherness today. We need to turn games around in wins. It’s not good enough to have a good football match.”

Vieira emerged before kick-off to a rapturous reception from the crowd, with chants of his naming ringing around the stadium.

Despite the disappointing ending, Vieira’s performance on his Arsenal return helped his case of becoming their boss down the line.

Piers Morgan led the calls for his appointment, tweeting: “We’ve got the wrong ex-Arsenal captain in charge. On tonight’s evidence, this is the guy we need.”


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