Who Was Man Of The Match? Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
Match attendance: 59,475
Who was Man Of The Match? Christian Benteke
Arsenal salvaged a last-gasp 2-2 draw versus Crystal Palace in the Premier League thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s close-range goal, as Gunners icon Patrick Vieira came back to the Emirates as a manager on Monday night football.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, just after eight minutes, put Arsenal ahead. Nicolas Pepe gathered a stray corner kick and whipped in a cross that Vicente Guaita could only divert into the direction of the onrushing Aubameyang, who slammed home from close range.
Immediately after half-time, the visitors equalised following poor defending by Arsenal allowed Christian Benteke to gather the ball, surge into the area, and strike a low effort past Aaron Ramsdale. Benteke is rewarded the Man of the Match award for his terrific performance in the London derby.
Following the equaliser, Arsenal had opportunities but was shortly down as Odsonne Edouard blasted a shot into the roof of the goal past Ramsdale during a fast-paced Crystal Palace counter-attack giving them the lead.
After a goalmouth scramble, Lacazette grabbed onto a pass at the far post and fired past Guaita to secure Arsenal a point shortly before the final whistle.
Arsenal’s undefeated league record now stands at five games, keeping them in 12th position, three points, and two places ahead of Palace, who lost the chance to overtake the Gunners.
Lets check out Benteke’s MOTM worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 68.2
Goal contribution: 1 goal
Shots (on target): 2(2)
Aerial duels won: 6