Ghana star denies Arsenal victory

English Premier League

Arsenal were denied a second successive Premier League win after drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners entered the match unchanged from the win over Manchester United, whereas Palace recalled Gary Cahill to their defence and Jordan Ayew up front.

The visiting side drew first blood on 12 minutes after Pierre Emerick Aubameyang shifted from the left to the right side to find the near post from close-range after some good work by Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal headed to the clash with a point behind the Eagles following a slow start to life under Mikel Arteta, as Palace looked to keep their three-match unbeaten run over the visitors intact

Palace pushed a response shortly before the break, but Bernd Leno quickly thwarted Cheikhou Kouyate’s shot inside the area despite needing two attempts to do so.

The Gunners introduced the first change right after halftime with Matteo Guendouzi replacing Lucas Torreira in the middle of the park due to an injury.

Palace were level ten minutes into the second stanza after Ayew’s shot from the right inside channel deflected off David Luiz before looping over Leno.

The Gunners then suffered a blow on 67 minutes after the Video Assistant Referee changed a yellow card handed to Aubameyang to a red card for a poor challenge on Max Meyer.

Arsenal looked for the winner in the final ten minutes, and Arteta introduced more firepower to their attack with Gabriel Martinelli entering.

Nothing materialised for the visitors, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos was forced clear James Tomkins’s header off the line with the match ending all square.

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