Lacazette’s last-breath goal earned Arsenal a draw with Palace

LONDON: Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored with his last shot of the match to give Arsenal a 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace in a volatile Premier League match on Monday. With superb second-half goals from Christian Benteke and Odson Edouard, Palace has arrived in comeback and led 2-1 after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led in Arsenal advantage in advance, but Lacazette’s late goal denied the visitors victory. The French striker, who came off the bench in the second half, expressed his joy at the goal that prevented the team from coach Patrick Vieira, former Arsenal captain, to win the first match against his former team. “The main goal was to avoid defeat,” Lacazette told Sky Sports. We wanted to win and we started well but then we stopped playing and I think we will have to work on it in future. “” We have shown that we have a strong personality and also when we are in we don’t give up late, “he added. Aubameyang followed a rebound from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita when he blocked Nicolas Pepe’s shot to score from close range in the eighth minute in a great start at Emirates Stadium. Benteke equalized in the 50th minute with a low shot from 15 meters, and after both teams lost several chances during sparring, Edward scored his goal with great skill. The French striker, arrived in this season at the Palace from Celtic, he hit a superb ball at the edge ofarea penalty after a run and the ball hit the crossbar before hitting the net. Palace appeared to have sealed the win, especially after Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney hit the wood but was punished for failing to defend in injury time. Palace failed to free a corner kick, so Lacazette had a chance to score against Guaita from close range. Building midfielder Conor Gallagher expressed his disappointment. “In all honesty it’s horrible and the feeling is worse than being defeated and there’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve got three points and then lost,” he said. Arsenal kept theirs record of unbeatenness in five league games, occupying 12th place with 11 points in eight games, three points ahead of the Palace in 14th place. (Reuters)

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