Arsenal managed to draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace despite being reduced to 10-men with one player going under the radar.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring early in the first-half for the Gunners after a slick passing move which also involved Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette (via BBC). However, the Eagles weren’t to be denied their equaliser with Jordan Ayew seeing his strike deflect off David Luiz as it wrong-footed Bernd Leno on its way into the back of the net.
The hosts were then given a man-advantage for the final 23 minutes of the encounter after Aubameyang was sent-off for a horrible challenge on Max Meyer, however, the game ended in a draw.
As has been the case throughout Mikel Arteta’s tenure, Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed for the north London giants as he nullified the threat of Wilfried Zaha. The Ivorian was reduced to no shots on goal and completed just one key pass in a frustrating afternoon up against the right-back (via WhoScored).
David Luiz also continued his superb form as he made the most clearances (5) and the joint-second most tackles (2) at the heart of his side’s defence. As a result, his boss lauded his performance in Croydon.
However, the unsung hero of the game was playing on the other flank as Sead Kolasinac showed his worth. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international made the joint-most interceptions (2) and the joint-third most clearances of any player in his side.
Indeed, Islington Gazette agreed with this assessment of the defender as they gave him a 7.5 out of 10, commenting on both sides of his game.
They said: “Defended well and got forward to good effect. Decent performance from the Bosnian.” (Source: Islington Gazette)
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