Trying to get into a positive streak in the English Premier League, Arsenal again showed emotional instability and only drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace on Saturday away at Selhurst Park for the 22nd Matchday of the competition.
The result prevents Arsenal from moving up in the table and leaves the London team parked in tenth place with 28 points, one less than Crystal Palace, who appears in ninth place.
The Spanish coach Mikel Arteta’s team scored with Aubameyang, who was the highlight of the match. We can say that both positively and negatively.
The Gabonese striker opened the scoring after 12 minutes, but in the second half, with everything squared in the scoring, he was shown a straight red card following a bad foul on Palace’s Max Meyer. Initially, the referee went with the yellow, but changed his mind and turned it to a red after the VAR check.
The match was even, reflecting the similar campaigns of the two teams in the Premier League so far.
Arsenal dominated the game in the early minutes when they were able to shake the net with Aubameyang, who is the tournament’s top scorer with 14 goals.
But the Gunners were unable to sustain the advantage and allowed the home owners to grow in the game.
Crystal Palace’s goal came from Jordan Ayew’s feet after 54 minutes. The ball was left for the striker, who adjusted his body to finish with his left foot from close-range. It wasn’t even a powerful shot, but it deflected off Brazilian David Luiz’s leg midway, tricking goalkeeper Bernd Leno. 1-1.
Promising youngster Gabriel Martinelli was introduced by Arteta midway through the second half and improved the visitor’s performance. The Brazilian actively participated in the offensive actions and started the play that culminated in Arsenal’s most dangerous move in the final stage. He showed skill to flick the ball over the Palace defender, passed it to Lacazette, who assisted Nicolas Pepe, whose shot hit the post.
However, the game ended in yet another frustrating draw for the Gunners, who spent a lot in the winter window but can’t see technical returns so far.