Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
- Date – 28/10/2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,718
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Cards – Ayew, Guendouzi, Lichsteiner
- Goals – Milivojevic (45 pen, 83 pen), Xhaka (51), Aubameyang (56)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.6)
If last week was a marked improvement over recent games then this against Arsenal was the best showing of the season so far against a side seeking to increase their unbeaten run. Roy Hodgson got his tactics spot on and while it took two penalties to draw level with the Gunners, the players ensured that they would not be beaten on this occasion. Add to that an improved atmosphere and the first two home goals of the season, there was very little to be critical about. If we are to be exceptionally picky, then perhaps the slow starts to second halves could be addressed but this side has something to build on now.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.5) – Not many keepers would have got to the free kick which levelled things up such was the power and direction but even though a handball was missed, was close to preventing the goal by the smallest of margins.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.6) – More plaudits for the young right back who continued with his no nonsense tackling throughout while regularly supporting the attack.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.4) – Stretched at times but kept the back line together in the face of a very expensive front line.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.3) – Still gives fans plenty of nervous moments but his battling was a real asset in this one when it was needed.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.5) – Far from his best game for Palace but still played his part. Needs to find his shooting boots again after threatening the corner flag more than the opposition goal.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3) – Still off colour but the captain showed real character to put away not one, but two spot kicks after his miss at Everton last weekend.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.0) – Not far off man of match after forcing his towering presence onto the visitors throughout. Fouled for the first penalty. Replaced by 42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.0) on 88 minutes for what is hopefully just a knock that he can shake off as he has proved he should be a starter. Welcome sighting of Punch for the dying minutes.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.2) – Solid game and was unlucky to be replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6.4) on 61 minutes but the German provided the hosts with a real lift on his introduction. Hit the woodwork after a horrible first touch. There’s much more to come from the former Schalke man in a Palace shirt which is likely to be at the expense of McArthur.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.9) – More hard work from the winger, missed a guilt edged chance in the first half which he really should have done better with. Continued to work well with Wan-Bissaka behind him.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.5) – Played in a wider role that suits him and this Palace side more than when he is forced to go more central. Seemed fitter than in recent weeks and lively. On the end of more tough treatment particularly in the second half but had the last laugh by winning the penalty to ensure the points were shared.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.2) – Showed plenty of energy but was unfortunate to receive an early booking which ended up with him be replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.4) on 64 minutes. The big Norwegian put in his best showing in a Palace shirt since joining the club and played a major part in the build up to the second penalty.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “I’m not even happy to end up with one point especially when you see how clear the handball was. It was tough to concede an equaliser after working so hard for the lead. I thought the attitude of the players and the way we got in control of the game again after going behind, it was a very deserved equaliser. I’m very happy with the performance, just a bit sad it didn’t give us the three points.”
UNAI EMERY: “I am disappointed with the result but our work is good. We drew, it’s not bad, it’s better to win but looking at the game in 90 minutes it is a deserved result. Two penalties against us in the box is a difficult action for the defence. Xhaka is playing left-back, he is better in the middle.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.6) while both Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha (4) had the most shots. Making the most tackles (6) and the most dribbles (5) was Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
- Team rating: 6.56 – 6.56
- Total shots: 16 – 7
- Shots on target: 3 – 2
- Possession: 42.3% – 57.7%
- Pass success: 77% – 83%
- Dribbles: 8 – 6
- Aerials won: 12 – 17
- Tackles: 22 – 25
- Corners: 6 – 4
- Dispossessed: 17 – 16
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League table with eight points from ten games, level with West Ham United in 13th and Burnley in 15th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough (a)
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea (a)
- 10/11/2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h)