Palace fight back from two down to claim a point at Arsenal

Arsenal 2-2 Palace

Crystal Palace earned a battling point after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Arsenal.

They got off to a terrible start at the Emirates by leaking two early quick-fire goals.

Nicolas Pepe’s corner was rifled home by Sokratis Papastathopoulos after just seven minutes.

Two minutes later, more bad defending from Palace allowed David Luiz to convert after Alex Lacazette headed on another Pepe flag kick.

Palace found the net in the 32nd minute thanks to the Wilfried Zaha-Luka Milivojevic penalty combination.

Gunners defender Calum Chambers brought Zaha down in the box and referee Martin Atkinson booked the forward for diving.

However, VAR redacted the yellow card and awarded the Eagles a spot-kick which Milivojevic put away.

Seven minutes after the break, Palace were on level terms through Jordan Ayew who nodded James McCarthur’s cross home.

VAR came to Palace’s rescue again in the 83rd minute after the video officials disallowed a Sokratis strike from close range due to a foul in the build-up.

And in the final minute of an action-packed London derby, Palace were denied a goal-scoring opportunity when Matteo Guendouzi rugby-tackled Zaha when he was through on goal.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Kouyate (McCarthy 90), Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew.

Not used: Henderson, Dann, Meyer, Schlupp, Benteke, Kelly.

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney (Kolasinac 75), Guendouzi, Xhaka (Saka 61), Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Not used: Martinez, Bellerin, Torreira, Holding, Martinelli.