Arsenal failed to acquire their 12th successive win across all competitions as they settled for a thrilling 2-2 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The game was played at a high intensity at Selhurst Park with both teams having chances to score but it was Palace who opened the scoring with Luka Milivojevic bagging a penalty goal before the interval.
Thereafter, the Gunners were the better outfit with Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offering them the advantage before the hour mark but they could not carry a victory away from south London after skipper Milivojevic scored another goal from a spot kick seven minutes from time.
Two things we learned:
Arsenal’s defensive woes continue: Arsenal may have improved on their league performance from the previous campaign but their defensive organisation has pretty much remained the same with clean sheets being few and far between. Against Palace, the Gunners backline was sharp in terms of clearing the lines from set-pieces but some rash decision-making cost them in the form of two penalties. Between the two, the one which Shkodran Mustafi conceded was rather disappointing, given he should have restricted from a sliding tackle with Chiekhou Kouyate facing the wrong side of goal.
Arsenal continue to amass second half goals: Prior to the current game, Arsenal had netted 14 of their previous 17 league strikes in the second half of matches and the trend continued this weekend as they came from behind with two goals following the half-time interval. Unfortunately for them, the luck did not favour them with Palace striking back to share the spoils and this ended their quest to extend their winning run to 12 matches in all competitions. Arsenal’s next league meeting comes against Liverpool at the Emirates and the game promises excitement with a minimum of four goals witnessed in each of the previous five meetings.
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