Arsenal save a draw at the last second of the London showdown


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London. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five league games after the team played 2-2 with Crystal Palace in an entertaining local showdown on Monday.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette equalized for Arsenal at the last minute.

Danish Joachim Andersen acted in a nice way playing stopper for Crystal Palace throughout the showdown. The match also featured a reunion between Arsenal and the club’s former midfield star Patrick Vieira, who now heads Palace.

Arsenal has 11 points and is number 12. Palace is after the points division number 14 with its 8 points.

Arsenal got off to an excellent start to the showdown, bringing themselves to 1-0 after eight minutes of play.

A corner kick was about to run out into the sand. But Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé made himself dangerous with a couple of good dribbles and a close-range finish that Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita saved in full length but could not hold on to.

Arsenal captain and front-runner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacted quickly. He converted the riposte to his third league goal this season.

Palace had a lot of the gaming initiative before the break and also produced a small handful of good opportunities. But without the offensive profile Wilfried Zaha, the offensive lacked a bit of bite.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also dished up a couple of solid saves and made it 1-0 at the break.

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey was toppled from the start of the second half.

First, he sent an excellent long shot just past the goal frame. Shortly after, he lost the ball to Jordan Ayew and was to that extent complicit in Palace’s equalizer.

Ayew found the experienced Belgian striker Christian Benteke. He put an Arsenal player and kicked flat balance in the accounts.

The lively showdown then waved back and forth with nice chances at both ends. Among others Arsenal’s substitute Alexandre Lacazette made a good bid.

But a new ball loss was needed to break the position war.

Belgian Albert Sambi Lokonga was the culprit this time. After a short tussle with the defender, Edouard Odsonne finally tucked the ball home.

Arsenal pressed in the final phase. The redemption came at the last minute.

Palace cleared a corner kick and defender Ben White pressed off. Again, goalkeeper Guaita gave a riposte and this time Lacazette was in the right place.

/ ritzau /


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