Arsenal Snatch All Three Points To End Spirited Palace Fight Back

In what was the final game at Selhurst Park for Roy Hodgson in charge of Palace, there was no sentiment from the visitors who kept their hopes of European football next season alive with late goals after the Eagles battled back from a goal down.


19th May 2021


Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal


Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU




Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger


BOOKINGS – Jeffrey Schlupp (5), Christian Benteke (37), Mohamed Elneny (37)

RED CARD – none


Nicolas Pepe (35), Christian Benteke (62), Gabriel Martinelli (91), Nicolas Pepe (94)


Andros Townsend


This was an entertaining game with Palace showing plenty of spirit to get back level and even taking the game to the visitors. Unfortunately, the hosts fell short but it was not for the lack of trying but this was a night for Roy Hodgson as he bid goodbye to Selhurst Park as boss of the Eagles.


It was a busy night for VAR with number of referrals, two potential red cards for Jeffrey Schlupp and Christian Benteke and a couple of potential penalty decisions for Palace, none of which were given.


31 VICENTE GUAITA (5) – No fault for any of the goals but an offside call in the first half avoided a decision to be made when he came out and missed a through ball.

2 JOEL WARD (6) – Tough night for the full back and it could have been worse had the VAR call gone against him with a kick out that Tierney made the most of.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) – First start for some time and regardless of this result, this is the best centre back pairing at the club.

24 GARY CAHILL (CAPTAIN! – 6) – The guy wears his heart on his sleeve and seeing him celebrate the equaliser speaks volumes. Would be a poorer side without him.

27 TYRICK MITCHELL (6) – Certainly not the highs of Sunday but was tested on several occasions and stood up well.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (ASSIST! TEB MOM! – 8) –Yet another energetic and all action display who was busy up and down the wing and creative. Appeared to be blocked off by the referee in lead up to the oppositions second goal, but not much has been said about it.

22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) – Held his own in the midfield for much of the game, going about his job with little fuss. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 82 minutes who slotted in but rather harshly the team conceded two goals in his time on the pitch.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (BOOKED! – 6) – His turn of pace threatened to create several openings during the game but was lucky not to see an early red card for an over the top challenge.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) –  Back into the midfield to make way for Tomkins and without Luka it looks like a good combination.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Found himself drifting in and out of the game in the first half but proved very problematic for the opposition defence the longer the second half went on.

20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (GOAL! BOOKED! – 8) – Celebrated his inclusion in the Belgium squad for the Euros with a goal which takes him to double figures for the season. Forced off due to injury. Replaced by 9 JORDAN AYEW (6) on 79 minutes and almost immediately had a chance on goal but failed to connect properly and the keeper saved.


1 Jack Butland, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 23 Michy Batshuayi, 34 Martin Kelly, 39 Jesurun Rak-Sakyi


1 Leno, 21 Chambers, 16 Holding, 6 Gabriel, 3 Tierney, 25 Elneny, 18 Partey, 19 Pepe, 32 Smith-Rowe, 7 Saka, 14 Aubameyang

SUBSTITUTES – 8 Ceballos, 9 Lacazette, 11 Odegaard (replaced Saka on 65 mins), 12 Willian, 17 Cedric Soares, 22 Mari, 33 Ryan, 34 Xhaka (replaced Tierney on 78 mins), 35 Martinelli (replaced Partey on 78 mins)


ROY HODGSON –  “We’d have loved to get something and send the fans home happy. It was pretty obvious they were happy to be here and saw it as a special occasion and a chance to say goodbye and my chance to say goodbye to them. In that aspect it was a huge success but you don’t always get the icing on the cake you’d like.

“It’s been exceptionally good [managing Palace]. I never really envisaged it. From being on the terraces at the age of five and finish managing the team at the age of 73 – it’s something of a fairytale or like Roy of the Rovers. It’s been a privilege. I’m delighted with the reception they gave me. It seems they appreciated me as much as I appreciated them and that’s a nice feeling.

“In a year or so I might say tonight was the standout moment. A guard of honour, people cheering you throughout and the reception at the end. Not all managers have experienced that in their life. It was a nice feeling. I’m sure that will mean more to me than the odd game or good performance I remember.”

ANDROS TOWNSEND“I owe the last eight years of my career to Roy Hodgson. He gave me a chance at the age of 22 for England, my first 11 caps and 100 Premier League games. He’s made me a better player, a better man. I wish him the best. He’s been incredible. Palace are seen as a Premier League outfit and that’s down to him. Before him we were flirting with relegation every year. He’s made us a solid Premier League outfit.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Nicolas Pepe (8.8) while the most shots were from Christian Benteke (4). The most tackles were by Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate and Andros Townsend (3) while Nicolas Pepe (4) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 12 – 6
  • Total shots: 31.5 – 68.5
  • Shots on target: 6 – 3
  • Possession: 71% – 86%
  • Pass success: 71% – 86%
  • Passes: 253 – 589
  • Dribbles: 5 – 6
  • Aerials won: 19 – 19
  • Tackles: 18 – 8
  • Fouls: 7 – 7
  • Corners: 6 – 7
  • Saves: 0 – 5
  • Dispossessed: 5 – 11


At the final whistle, Palace were 13th with 44 points from 37 games, a point behind Wolves in 12th and a point ahead of Southampton in 14th.


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