Last Gasp Equaliser Ensures Arsenal Grab Unlikely Point Against Palace

Patrick Vieira almost masterminded a victory over his former club after his Eagles fought back from an early set back to take a second half lead, but once again a late goal meant Palace snatch a draw from the jaws of victory.


18th October 2021


Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace


Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London N7 7AJ


Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Neil Davies


BOOKINGS –   Bukayo Saka (42), James McArthur (42)

RED CARD – none


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (8), Christian Benteke (50), Odsonne Edouard (73), Alexandre Lacazette (90)


Jordan Ayew (50), Michael Olise (73)


With rumours abound ahead of kick off that Wilfried Zaha was not available after international duty, the usual negativity among fans begin. This was perhaps the first real line up under the tenure of Vieira that had been questioned in the lead up to the game. But, once again, the Frenchman was proved right and another impressive display almost saw the Eagles return from North London with all three points.

The main question now is how to turn a lead into a win, something that has slipped from the Eagles grasp on more than one occasion this season. That is something that Vieira will have to work on and the questionable defensive change with ten minutes to go to stick rather than twist perhaps encouraged the hosts onto us more so which ultimately ended in an equaliser being conceded with the last kick of the game.

While that was hugely disappointing, you cannot take anything away from the effort put in by the team particularly in the absence of Zaha and Eze. With those two coming back into this side and Olise making yet another cameo appearance from the bench, there is a lot to be positive about, but securing a win or two in the coming weeks will be very welcome indeed.


Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.

“From a very slow start, conceding an early goal, we actually controlled most of the game and deservedly went ahead with about twenty minutes to play. Both our goals were as a result of high pressing ending in two excellent finishes from Benteke and Edouard. My only criticism, the first fifteen minutes apart, was the substitution of Tomkins for Edouard. It signalled a lack of further offensive intent with still over ten minutes to play. It just invited pressure leading to an inevitable opportunity to equalise in the dying embers of the game.  

Although we have sometimes suffered from a lack of clinical finishing despite promising possession, ten goals from our season so far, indicates real progression. If we can improve on our defensive qualities for the full duration of a match and convert those draws into wins, then undoubtedly we will comfortably climb the table.  

My man of the match award goes to Tyrick Mitchell. Onwards to Newcastle at home on Saturday and hopefully I will finally be able to report 8 more wins needed! Up the Palace!”


1 Vicente Guaita (7), 2 Joel Ward (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (6), Marc Guehi (6), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (7), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 4 Luka Milivojevic (captain – 6), 18 James McArthur (6), 9 Jordan Ayew (7), 9 Christian Benteke (8), 22 Odsonne Edouard (8)   

SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 5 James Tomkins (replaced Edouard on 82 mins – 6), 7 Michael Olise (replaced Ayew on 71 mins – 6), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (replaced Milivojevic on 67 mins – 6), 12 Will Hughes, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 34 Martin Kelly


32 Ramsdale, 18 Tomiyasu, 4 White, 6 Gabriel, 3 Tierney, 5 Partey, 8 Odegaard, 19 Pepe, 10 Smith Rowe, 7 Saka, 14 Aubameyang

SUBSTITUTES –  1 Leno, 9 Lacazette (replaced Odegaard on 67 mins), 15 Maitland-Niles, 16 Holding, 17 Cedric Soares, 20 Varela Tavares, 23 Sambi Lokongo (replaced Saka on 45 mins), 25 Elneny, 35 Martinelli (replaced Partey on 81 mins)


PATRICK VIEIRA – “It was so close, but we have been saying that a little bit too often. We have to learn from games. I am really disappointed because the way the team came back in the second half, they deserved to win the game. I am frustrated for them; they were brave and showed character and to concede a goal like that I am disappointed for my players. We conceded those goals on set pieces on the second phases and we need to work on that. We have to pull our sleeves up and put our bodies on the line. We were really unlucky today; it is the way it is, but I believe there is more to come from the team to challenge even better. These games will make us stronger. A performance like that allowed me to be more demanding of the players and go back to the field and improve ourselves again.”

MIKEL ARTETA – “We started the game well, dominant, fluid. We deserved the goal, we were in total control. After that we lacked composure, belief and maturity to manage the game. We didn’t enjoy that period. We changed a couple of things at half-time, we were better and controlled again, but then we gave the ball away, something you cannot do in this league. After that it was a mountain to climb but credit to the team, they never gave up, the substitutes were magnificent, and we created three big chances and scored the goal I think we deserved right at the end.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (8.2) as Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Conor Gallagher (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Takehiro Tomiyasu (6) while Emile Smith-Rowe, Thomas Partey and Christian Benteke (2) had the most dribbles.  

  • Team rating: 6.43 – 6.76
  • Total shots: 17 – 9
  • Shots on target: 6 – 6
  • Possession: 53.7% – 46.3%
  • Pass success: 87% – 84%
  • Passes: 543 – 471
  • Dribbles: 8 – 5
  • Aerials won: 8 – 20
  • Tackles: 17 – 22
  • Fouls: 7 – 4
  • Corners: 6 – 3
  • Saves: 4 – 4
  • Dispossessed: 10 – 4  


Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 8 points from 8 games played, 2 points behind Arsenal in 10th and a point ahead of Southampton in 15th.


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