Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace: Alexandre Lacazette rescues Gunners with late goal

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Alexandre Lacazette scored his Premier League debut goal this season.

Patrick Vieira stated that Arsenal's final equaliser was "really difficult" to accept as Crystal Palace were held to a draw at Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette won deep into injury time to defeat club legend Vieira. Vieira was pouncing after Palace failed in a corner, and Gabriel Martinelli's attempt was saved.

After Vicente Guaita’s diving stop to deny Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners began brightly and led deservedly through Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

Palace won, and the Gunners lost. Christian Benteke maintained his excellent record against the Gunners by scoring the equaliser.

Jordan Ayew caught Thomas Partey in possession. Benteke shot into the bottom corner.

Palace took the ball from Arsenal again to win the game. Conor Gallagher successfully dispossessed Albert Sambi Lokonga's half. The visitors broke quickly with Odsonne Edouard hitting a shot through the underside bar.

Arsenal's Kieran Tierney nearly equalised the score, but his shot blew against the bar.

It looked like they were about to lose, but substitute Lacazette scored a goal from close range.

Vieira said that it was difficult. "I was very disappointed that I had to concede at the final because the players worked hard and they deserved these three points. They are truly my regrets.

"I loved the character and personality that we displayed. We had the desire to compete in the second half and won the ball very high.

"We wanted to improve this part of the game, which is aggressive. It's part and parcel of Crystal Palace's DNA.

Arsenal were clearly upset that James McArthur, a wild kick at Bukayo Saka, was only booked for late in the first period.

Gunners boss MikelArteta said, "It's clear that he was given a red card." "He didn't intend to play the ball. He hasn't been sent away because of VAR.

Arsenal climb to 12th place with a sixth win, while Palace remains 14th following a third draw.

Vieira so close the famous return

Patrick Vieira played Arsenal with Manchester City and Juventus, but this was his first match against Arsenal as a manager.

Vieira, a three-time Premier League winner with Arsenal and part of the "Invincibles", who went through 2003-04 unbeaten in the top-flight season, returned to face his former team as a manager.

Before kick-off, he received a warm reception from Gunners fans.

The Frenchman said, "I don’t want to pretend that I expected it, but nine years spent at a club such as that and I was part a generation that did well for it, it meant much to me,"

Home fans might have wondered for a long time if Arteta has the right ex-Gunners captain. They may still be curious.

Palace has lost only one of their six games so far. They have impressed even though they lost two late points.

However, Lacazette's late equalizer could have been a big boost for Arsenal's self-confidence, as it extended their unbeaten streak to six games, a match that they had started so well.

Aubameyang played a beautiful opener from a tight angle, but then they became the architects of their own demise.

Both Palace goals were scored by Arsenal midfielders who lost the ball, first Partey, then Sambi Lokonga (half-time replacement for Saka).

Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira "disappointed", after his team is denied a win

Palace made those mistakes and deserves their leadership, but that is not to diminish them.

Vieira might regret his decision to replace Edouard, the goalscorer, with James Tomkins, the defender - who had not yet played in a league match this season - eight seconds later.

They held on to the end, and the hosts were able to show good character by finding a way through. Although they may have believed Tierney's shot at the bar was their last chance, they held on to the pressure and Lacazette broke Palace's hearts.

This was his first league goal since April 11.

Arteta said, "He fights to win every ball and he transmits some belief and energy when he comes on,"

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Player of the match Odsonne douard, an average 7.14 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal

Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Arsenal Avg Team number 9 Player named Lacazette Average Rating 6.12 Squad Number 14 Player Name Aubameyang Average Rating 5.33 Squad Number 20 Player Name Gabriel Martinelli Average Rating 6.28 Squad Number 13 Player Name Guhi Average ranking 6.28 Squad No. 16 Player Player number Guhi Average ratings 6.28 Squad numbers 6 Player player name Parte Average rating 4.72 Squad #5 Player number Parte Average rate 4.72 Squad no. 5 Player number Parte Average ranking 4.69 Squad amount 5 Player number 8 Squad of 8 Player number 8 Average rating Player number 8 Squad size 18 Player number 18 Average rating Player: 5.89 Squad for 4 Player number 8 Average rating Player number 15 Player number 18 Average rating of 5.88 Squad 18 Average rating Player number 8 Average rating Player number 5 Average rating Player number 8 Average rating Player number 8 Average rating Player ajevic 5.88 Squad 18 Average rating Player McArthur


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Arsenal Formation 4-2-2-3-1 32 Ramsdale 18 Tomiyasu 6 White 3 Tierney 5 Partey 7 degaard 19 Pp10 Smith Rowe 7 Saka 15 Aubameyang32 Ramsdale

18 Tomiyasu

4 White

6 Gabriel

3 Tierney

Martinelli Substituted by 5 Partey at 81' Minutes

8 degaard Substituted at 67' Minutes for Lacazette

19 pp

10 Smith Rowe

7 Saka Booked at 42mins Substituted for Sambi Lokonga at 45' minutes

14 Aubameyang Substitutes 1 Leno

9 Lacazette

15 Maitland-Niles

16 Holdings

17 Cdric Soares

20 Varela Tavares

23 Sambi Lokonga

25 Elneny

35 Martinelli Crystal Palace Formation 4-2-2-3-1 13 Guaita 16 Andersen 6 Guhi3 Mitchell 4 Milivojevic 8 McArthur 9 J Ayew23 Gallagher 22 douard20 Benteke 13 Guaita

2 Ward

16 Andersen

6 Guhi

3 Mitchell

4 Milivojevic Substituted at 67' Minutes for Kouyat

18 McArthur booked at 42mins

9 J Ayew Substituted For Olise at 7:01' Minutes

23 Gallagher

22-Door Substituted Tomkins at 82' Minutes

20 Benteke Substitutes 1 Butland

5 Tomkins

7 Olise

8 Kouyat

12 Hughes

14 Mateta

15 Schlupp

17 Clyne

34 Kelly Referee Mike Dean Full Time Second half ends, Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 2. Goal Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 2. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), right footed shot taken from the left side the six yard box, to the bottom left corner after a corner. Post update: Attempt saved. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), left footed shot at very close range is saved in centre of goal Benjamin White assisted. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Benjamin White (Arsenal), left footed shot from centre of box blocked. Post update Corner, Arsenal. Cheikhou Kouyat conceded. Post update Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), left footed shot, from the right side. The box is high and wide to his left. Update: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), hits the bar with a left-footed shot from a challenging angle on the left. Alexandre Lacazette assisted with a head pass. Substitution Substitution Crystal Palace James Tomkins replaces Odsonne douard. Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Thomas Partey. Foul update by Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace). Post update Takehiro Tomiyasu, Arsenal, wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update Attempt missed. Gabriel Magalhes (Arsenal), header from the middle of the box misses to left. After a set-piece situation, Thomas Partey assisted. Update: Attempt blocked. Nicolas Pp (Arsenal), left footed shot taken from outside the box is stopped. Post update Foul by Joachim Andersen, Crystal Palace Post update Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal, wins a free kick during the attacking half. Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Crystal Palace 2. Odsonne douard, Crystal Palace (right footed shot taken from the centre box to the centre goal). After a quick break, Michael Olise assisted. Post update Corner, Arsenal. Vicente Guaita has consented. Post update. Attempt saved. Alexandre Lacazette's right-footed shot from left side box by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), is saved in the lower right corner. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang assisted with a through ball. Substitution Substitution Crystal Palace Michael Olise replaces Jordan Ayew. Page 1 of 4 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward