Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Premier League: Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 to keep their Europa League dreams alive. Pepe scored a brace.
For his final game in charge at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson made 2 changes. Argentinian goalkeeper Guaita and James Tomkins come back in the starting 11.
Arsenal also made 2 changes by bringing in Nicolas Pepe and Calum Chambers.
Amid the boos, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka work the ball on the left to take three Palace players out of the game, the latter executing a lovely back-heel to complete a one-two.
Moving to the byline, Tierney then stands up a perfect cross into the danger area that the arriving Nicolas Pepe meets on the volley to give Arsenal the lead in the 35th minute.
Crystal Palace equalize
Andros Townsend’s set-pieces deliveries had been their main source of attacking threat in the first half, and Palace made this one count.
A left-footed curler into the penalty area finds Christian Benteke on the run, and he stooped low to power a header beyond Leno.
The Belgian celebrated with a kiss to the camera but the goal is being checked by VAR, both for offside and a possible foul by the scorer on Mohamed Elneny. The goal stood as Roy Hodgson’s side equalized in the 62nd minute.
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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Arsenal score 2 injury time goals
Just seconds after Wilfried Zaha was sent through on goal and ended up claiming for a penalty, Gabriel Martinelli squeezed in a dramatic winner at the other end.
Martin Odegaard curled a cross towards the far post that was perfect for the arriving Brazilian as he took one touch to take it away from the stranded Vicente Guaita, to put the ball in an empty net.
There was a lengthy review by the video officials, first to check the offside and then a potential handball, but Arsenal took the lead in the 90+1 minute.
Arsenal left it late but keep their dizzy European hopes alive with a vital away win. Palace looked the better team once Christian Benteke canceled out Nicolas Pepe’s first-half goal, but strikes in stoppage time from Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe again mean the Gunners leave South London with maximum points.