Lacazette equalizes late for Arsenal in draw with Palace

By FRANK GRIFFITHS 19 October 2021, 12:00AM

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored a dramatic late equalizer against Crystal Palace to finish 2-2 in the English Premier League on Monday.

The return of Patrick Vieira to Arsenal as Palace manager nearly haunted the home crowd at Emirates Stadium, with the visitors leading deep into injury time.

But Lacazette managed to turn home a rebound in the fifth minute of added time before celebrating with Arsenal fans.

Vieira’s return to the club where he brought glory to Arsenal as club captain ended in misery, with the Frenchman crouching down and pounding the turf.

Palace came from behind to score twice in the second half after Arsenal took the lead through club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the eighth minute.

Vieira wouldn’t have been impressed by the Arsenal defensive midfielders playing in his former position, Thomas Partey and substitute Albert Sambi Lokonga, whose mistakes led to both Palace goals.

Partey first lost possession cheaply in the 50th minute when striker Jordan Ayew stripped him of the ball. Palace striker Christian Benteke collected and cut inside before smashing past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Then it was Lokonga's turn to lose the ball, which eventually made its way to Odsonne Edouard. The Palace forward calmly stroked the ball home.

The result meant Arsenal was in 12th place on the table, and Palace 14th.

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By FRANK GRIFFITHS 19 October 2021, 12:00AM
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