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Winning run finally ends as Arsenal draw at Palace

Gunners denied victory after two spotkicks from home side cancel out goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka

29 October, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Premier League

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 (Milivojevic 45+1 pen, 83 pen)
ARSENAL 2 (Xhaka 51, Aubameyang 56)

WITH a simple shrug of the shoulders, head coach Unai Emery said “we all make mistakes” after watching Arsenal’s winning run come to an end at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Gunners quite literally paid the penalty as two spotkicks from Palace captain Luka Milivojevic saw an entertaining game at Selhurt Park end all square at 2-2.

“We can make mistakes on the pitch. Every day I am making mistakes in my decisions,” admitted Emery after the game. “Mistakes are to learn from and not for us to lose our confidence or our belief on the pitch.

“For the second goal, Laca was maybe not thinking as much, and I was pushing him to think more. The second goal was an action where we had the ball in the opposition box and we did one bad pass.

“When we are in the box, in the opposition box, I want us to show aggression to find the last action to score or shoot, to win a corner or whatever action,” the Gunners boss added. “But with this pass, we lost the ball and then they scored from the transition.

“For me, there are things that happen on the pitch when we continue in our process to learn, and the mentality we need to show when we are in the good moments to keep and hold the ball.”

Milivojevic put Palace in front from 12 yards on the stroke of half time after Shokrtran Mustafi needlessly tripped Cheikhou Kouyate inside the area.

It looked like Emery’s side had gotten away with a somewhat lacklustre performance after they turned the game around to lead 2-1 early in the second half.

Granit Xhaka smashed a stunning free-kick past Wayne Hennessey from the corner of the box to make it 1-1. Five minutes later Arsenal were ahead, albeit with a goal shrouded in controversy.

Alexandre Lacazette appeared to use his hand to guide the ball towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who forced it over the goalline to make it 2-1.

Palace weren’t to be denied, however, and in 83rd minute Wilfried Zaha teased Xhaka into dangling a leg inside the area – allowing Milivojevic again to step up and power an effort past Bernd Leno.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, Townsend, Kouyate (Puncheon, 88), Milivojevic, McArthur (Meyer, 61), Ayew (Sorloth, 64), Zaha.
Substitutes not used: Schlupp, Guaita, Kelly, Riedewald.

ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin (Lichtsteiner, 45), Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil (Welbeck, 68), Aubameyang (Ramsey, 78), Lacazette.
Substitutes not used: Cech, Papastathopoulos, Mkhitaryan, Smith-Rowe.
Attendance: 25,718.

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