Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park, Jamis (20/5/2021) early morning WIB at the 37th week of the Premier League. Taking the game’s initiative, Arsenal took the lead in the first half through Nicolas Pepe’s goal in the 35th minute.
Crystal Palace got up and spread threats in the second half until finally leveling the score through Christian Benteke. The 1-1 score looks like it will last until the long whistle, but the match seems far from over
Arsenal who struggled to create chances in the second half again took the lead in the 91st minute through Gabriel Martinelli’s goal. The team made by Mikel Arteta confirmed the victory with Pepe’s second goal in the last minute.
Arsenal won 3-1, undermining Palace’s hopes of giving Roy Hodgson the farewell gift he deserved in the last home game.
The course of the match
Arsenal immediately urged Palace after the match started. But early attacks from the flanks were fruitless, with Calum Chambers’ cross cut off by goalkeeper while Kieran Tierney missed a teammate.
Crystal Palace gets the chance through a corner in the 22nd minute. James Tomkins headed a slow pass but was secured by Bernd Leno.
It was Christian Benteke’s turn to get a chance in the 30th minute when the Arsenal defense was caught off guard. His header from close range just shot over the goal.
GOAL! Arsenal took the lead in the 35th minute. A heel pass from Bukayo Saka was followed by Tierney with a cross that Nicolas Pepe grabbed into the net.
Arsenal continued to dominate the game, but until the first half was over not many more clean opportunities were created. Palace 0-1 Arsenal.
The visitors continue to try to control the match. Chambers and Emile Smith Rowe’s cooperation in the 52nd minute only produced a corner, which Palace also cleared.
GOAL! Palace equalized in the 62nd minute. Andros Townsend’s free-kick from the left is struck by Christian Benteke with a header that beats Leno.
Palace asked for a penalty in the 67th minute after Zaha’s fall.
Opportunity from Benteke in the 70th minute. His header this time was fruitless, while Zaha’s strike five minutes later only hit Arsenal’s defense.
Arsenal struggled to create a serious threat in the second half. While Palace banged their defense several times.
Tomkins’ bait in the 84th minute was headed by Jordan Ayew, but he was too weak so Leno easily secured it. Arsenal counterattacked and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s final finish went off the mark.
GOAL! Arsenal again took the lead in the 91st minute. Martin Odegaard blocks the ball and sends in a cross which Gabriel Martinelli receives. Quietly he passed Vicente Guaita and threw the ball into the net.
GOAL! Arsenal added the lead in the 95th minute! Pepe, who had the ball, pushed past two defenders and beat Guaita with a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net. The match ends in a win for Arsenal.