Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal: Goal and red for Aubameyang as Gunners are held
Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal: Goal and red for Aubameyang as Gunners are held
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Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal: Goal and red for Aubameyang as Gunners are held

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off.

Arsenal opened the scoring after 12 minutes through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a strike from Jordan Ayew leveled the scores for the hosts. Aubameyang was sent off in the second-half following a hard tackle on Meyer. The Arsenal captain emulated an unwanted feat last achieved by the current boss Mikel Arteta, after being given marching orders. 

Aubameyang goal

Arsenal took the lead in the 10th minute through Aubameyang and it was pure class from the clubs captain. The Gunners opened up Palace with the slickest of slick moves right through the heart of their defence. Luiz fizzed a ball into Ozil who flicked one to Lacazette in the pocket. He waited for the left-to-right run from Aubameyang who collected his pass in behind and just doesn't miss from 10 yards out. Not many teams could have lived with that attack.

Quick stat 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have combined for 10 Premier League goals since the Gabonese striker's debut in the competition (Feb 2018) - only Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson (13) have combined for more in that time.

Ayew goal

Selhurst Park erupted as Arsenal's frailties appeared again. Palace played a short ball down the line for McCarthy who zipped a low ball into the area. Arsenal didn't deal with the danger and Ayew scurried into space before reversing a shot that flicks off Luiz and loops into the back of the net. 

Red card 

Aubameyang went in hard and later tackle on Meyer on the touchline. That could have been an ankle breaker and the referee gave him a yellow card. However, there was a VAR check to see if the Arsenal captain was supposed to be sent off.

After a two-minute delay, the referee got the nod from the VAR to give Aubameyang his marching orders. The challenge was late, violent and potentially very dangerous. The tackle was shown on the big screen and the home end let out a collective "ooooh" when they saw the challenge. They then directed a fair amount of abuse to the Arsenal man as he walked off, head bowed, down the tunnel. 

Both teams had chances to win it late on with Pepe striking the post and Sokratis having to hook the ball off his line. 

The Gunners who are 10th on the log with 28 points will host Sheffield United at the Emirates next weekend while Palace will be up against defending champions Manchester City. 

Stats

Arsenal have failed to win any of their last 15 Premier League away games against sides starting the day above them in the table (D4 L11), since a 5-2 victory at Leicester back in September 2015.

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