Report: Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal squandered a lead yet again this weekend as Crystal Palace held them to a 1-1 draw despite having to defend for most of the game.
Arsene Wenger made only one change to the starting line-up from last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at West Ham as Petr Cech replaced David Ospina in goal.
The hosts came out of the blocks with their pretty football as expected as Alex Iwobi looked bright on the ball on a bright Sunday afternoon.
However, Crystal Palace were scarcely threatened by the Gunners who enjoyed over 80% of possession at some point and still had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
But with only two minutes of stoppage time left in the first half, Danny Welbeck floated the ball brilliantly for Alexis Sanchez who managed to head the ball home over the goalkeeper.
Arsenal continued to dominate in the second-half, carving out a couple of goal-mouth opportunities which went begging.
And with nine minutes left, Wenger’s men were made to pay for their profligacy as Yanick Bolasie’s shot left Petr Cech beaten at his near post.
It was a sickening blow but a very familiar one.