Substitute French forward Alexandre Lacazette saved his Arsenal side from defeat in the London derby to neighboring Crystal Palace by drawing 2-2 at the capital’s Emirates Stadium after the eighth stage of the English Premier League.
Arsenal were the first to score with Gabonese captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (8), and Crystal Palace reversed the situation in the second half by scoring two goals with Belgian Christian Benteke (50) and France’s Odson Edouard. (73).
As the game drew to a close, Lacazette, Norwegian substitute Martin Odegaard (67), scored the equalizer in the fifth minute of injury time, depriving former Arsenal captain, his midfielder and current Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira of his second season win, and first in his first game against his former team.
Vieira was a first-time guest as a coach at the team’s stadium, where he starred as a player between 1996 and 2005 and was crowned with him under the leadership of his compatriot, the outstanding coach, compatriot Arsene Wenger, the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup four times.
The 45-year-old was the captain of the London team at the time questhe last won the Premier League title for the last time in the 2003-2004 season without suffering defeat, to defend the colors of Juventus and then Inter.
Crystal Palace, whose Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha was absent due to illness, dedicated his contract to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, where he avoided losing to him for the fourth straight game.
It is Arsenal’s second consecutive draw, from three wins and three draws, which brings his score to 11 points in twelfth place, compared to Crystal Palace’s eight points in fourteenth.
Arsenal first scored with Aubameyang when he took advantage of a ball that was removed by Spanish goalkeeper Guita after a shot from inside the club.area of the Ivorian international Nicolas Pepe, then followed him from close range into the empty net (8).
It is the third consecutive time that the Gabonese international has scored in Premier League, for the first time since September 2019, when he did so five times in a row.
Smith Rowe fired from outside area with a powerful ball that was saved by Guita (21), and Conor Callagher responded with another from the edge ofarea in the hands of Aaron Ramsdale (23).
Ramsdale starred in depriving Crystal Palace of a draw in the last third minute of the first half when he brilliantly parried a powerful Callagher shot.
Ghanaian international Thomas Partey came close to scoring early in the second half with a powerful right-footed right from outside area which touches the left post (47).
Benteke managed to equalize when he took advantage of a ball snatched by Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew to his compatriot Barty, and penetrated in area manipulating Brazilian defender Gabriel before pulling him hard by crawling with his right from close range to Ramsdale’s left (50).
Ramsdale continues his brilliance by sending a powerful shot to Iwo from outside area in corner (57).
Crystal Palace managed to advance from a fast break through which the ball went to Edward on the edge of thearea, who penetrated inside and fired with right power into the ceiling of the door (73).
The crossbar prevented defender Kieran Tierney from equalizing when he responded with his powerful close range shot (87), before Lacazette did so with a close range shot after a rebound from goalkeeper Gueta (90 + 5).
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