Alexandre Lacazette’s injury-time equaliser ensured Arsenal stayed unbeaten in five Premier League games as they drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Monday
Arsenal drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s injury-time equaliser.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given Mikel Arteta’s side the perfect start as he volleyed home on the rebound after Nicolas Pepe brought a great save from Vicente Guaita.
It had been an energetic start from Arsenal, but Patrick Vieira’s visitors found their way back into the game, with Aaron Ramsdale saving from Conor Gallagher on the stroke of half-time.
Palace continued to search for an equaliser from the restart, and it came when Christian Benteke punished a mistake from Thomas Partey.
Odsonne Edouard looked to have given his side the points when he fired home on 73 minutes – before second-half sub Lacazette equalised following a last-gasp corner.
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Arteta made a bold selection call, with Nicolas Pepe brought into the side in place of Albert Sambi Lokonga as he opted for just one deeper midfielder in Thomas Partey.
The manager was rewarded with an energetic start from his attacking line-up that saw Aubameyang fire Arsenal into the lead just eight minutes in.
After a one-two with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Pepe brought a great save from Vicente Guaita with his brilliant strike to the fire post, and Aubameyang was quickly onto the rebound to volley home from a tight angle.
But Arsenal failed to build on their fine start, with intensity levels dropping midway through the opening period – and they paid the price as they conceded two second-half goals.
Arsenal increasingly sat back from the midway point in the opening period, with Palace ending the half as the better side as they searched for an equaliser.
Aaron Ramsdale saved brilliantly from Conor Gallagher in first-half-added time, and the interval couldn’t come quick enough as it would be Arteta’s chance to inject some enthusiasm back into his side.
But whatever he said in his half-time team talk, it didn’t have the desired effect as Thomas Partey’s mistake led to Christian Benteke’s equaliser.
And the Gunners continued to give the ball away after Benteke’s equaliser, with the home crowd becoming increasingly frustrated – and it was to get worse.
After Thomas Partey’s error in the lead-up to Benteke’s equaliser, Lokonga got caught short before Odsonne Edouard gave Palace the lead.
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