Last-second equaliser: Vieira slumps on Arsenal return

In his first game as coach against old love Arsenal, Patrick Vieira was seconds away from a surprise away win. But with the last action of the game, the Gunners struck after all.

“Of course it will be emotional,” Patrick Vieira had announced. And in his first game as coach against his old love, the former Arsenal icon was indeed able to experience a wide range of emotions. First and foremost: anger. After a corner that was actually too long, his team was duped by a quick double pass between Pepé and Tomiyasu. The Ivorian’s shot was brilliantly saved by Guaita, but Aubameyang made a technically demanding save from an acute angle (8th).

After that, however, Vieira’s face brightened considerably as his team improved considerably in the course of the first half after a sleepy start and presented Arsenal with more and more problems. The two best chances by Benteke (28th) and Gallagher (45.+4) were both thwarted by Ramsdale. However, the Eagles were also a little lucky that McArthur only received a yellow card after a nasty kick on Saka (43rd), the England international had to go off injured at the break.

Palace turn the game around – but Lacazette saves Arsenal

Arsenal’s carelessness continued in the second half, with the Gunners repeatedly making mistakes in the build-up – and being punished for it. A ball loss by Thomas set up Benteke’s equaliser (50th), another by Lokonga made it 2-1 for Palace through Edouard, whose thumping shot under the crossbar set up a boisterous Vieira cheer on the touchline (73rd). Bitter for Arsenal: Before both goals they had had a good chance themselves: Thomas’ long-range shot flew just past (48th), the substitute Lacazette failed after a wonderful Aubameyang pass to Guaita (72nd).