Post-Match Report

Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal: How it happened

Palace celebrate their equaliser against us

Crystal Palace -

Selhurst Park
Premier League
Premier League
  Crystal Palace
      
              L. Milivojević (45 + 1 pen
               83 pen)
          
   crest
Crystal Palace
L. Milivojević (45 + 1 pen 83 pen)
2 2
  Arsenal
      
                  Xhaka (51)
                   Aubameyang (56)
            
   crest
Arsenal
Xhaka (51)
Aubameyang (56)

WHAT HAPPENED

 
Our winning run is over after a late penalty pegged us back in south London.
 
Luka Milivojevic fired past Bernd Leno after Granit Xhaka was adjudged to have brought down Wilfried Zaha.
 
It was the Crystal Palace’s captain’s second spot-kick of the day - he had given Palace the lead late in the first half after a foul from Shkodran Mustafi on Cheikhou Kouyate.
 
In between Milivojevic’s interventions, we recovered from a slow start to turn the game on its head in five second-half minutes.
 
First, a stunning free-kick from Xhaka pulled us level.

Granit Xhaka celebrates at Palace

Granit Xhaka celebrates at Palace

 
It’s a goal that will live long in the memory, a vicious effort from just outside the corner of the penalty area that flew into the top corner.
 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put us ahead, goalline technology confirming that his far-post finish had just crossed the line after Alex Lacazette got a touch on a right-wing corner.
 
But replays showed the assist from Lacazette was a handball - and that went unnoticed.
 
Once again we had needed a second-half improvement, and once again we got it.
 
But Palace had the final word and, for the first time since August, we had to settle for a point.

Auba stat v Palace

Auba stat v Palace


HOW IT HAPPENED

 
See how our London derby unfolded with our play-by-play commentary.

WHAT IT MEANS

Premier League table, October 28

Premier League table, October 28

 

SIX CHANGES

Unai Emery rotated his squad after the Europa League trip to Lisbon.
 
In came Shkodran Mustafi, Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi.
 
Sokratis, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan dropped out of the starting line-up, and so did Stephan Lichtsteiner.
 
But the Swiss defender came on at half-time with Bellerin unable to continue.

WHAT’S NEXT

 
It’s back to the Carabao Cup on Wednesday with Blackpool the visitors at Emirates Stadium.
 
That’s followed by a huge Premier League game at home to Liverpool on Saturday.