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Arsenal v Crystal Palace Live Commentary, 21/04/2019

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M. Özil (47)
P. Aubameyang (77)
C. Benteke (17)
W. Zaha (61)
J. McArthur (69)
Emirates Stadium


That's all for today, goodbye!
Arsenal miss the chance to leapfrog Spurs in the table and go third after losing today, leaving them level on points with Chelsea and two ahead of Manchester United. Palace go up to 12th in the table and their impressive results away from home continue. Hodgson will be hoping his team can finish the season on a high.
Palace record a brilliant 3-2 win at the Emirates to dent Arsenal's challenge for the top four. The away side took the lead in the first half when Milivojevic's free-kick found an unmarked Benteke in the box and the Belgian was able to get his head to the ball and direct it into the back of the net. Arsenal made a quick start to the second half though and Ozil equalised two minutes after the restart with a brilliant chip from a tight angle over Guaita. It was Zaha who restored their lead after easily brushing past Mustafi and slotting his effort under Leno before McArthur added a third when he headed Dann's shot from a corner. Aubameyang did pull a second back for Arsenal when he drove his long-range effort into the bottom corner, but it wasn't enough to salvage any points for his side.
90' + 6' Arsenal are desperately chasing a late equaliser and are crossing the ball into the box every time they get an opportunity. Maitland-Niles gets high up the right wing this time and whips it into the box from the byline, but Guaita is quickly off his line to hold onto it.
90' + 4' Arsenal are asking for a penalty as they feel that the ball struck Townsend on the arm on the edge of the box. The referee quickly waves the claim away though and Palace go straight on the counter-attack.
90' + 2' Milivojevic has gone down with a calf injury on the edge of his own box and is currently receiving treatment. The Arsenal fans are booing as they feel that he's wasting time, but he is limping off. It looks like they're going to keep him on for the last few minutes of the game though.
90' + 1' Arsenal are piling the pressure onto Palace now and have all of their players, apart from Leno, in the away side's half. They've been forced into playing passes around the edge of the box and take long-range shots at the minute though as there is no way through the Palace back line.
89' GREAT CHANCE FOR IWOBI! Arsenal quickly work the ball onto the edge of the box from the right wing and Guendouzi just touches it into Iwobi's pass. He takes the shot first time as he's being closed down but his effort is tame and it's a comfortable save for Guaita.
87' GREAT SAVE BY GUAITA! Ozil loops the ball over the top of the Palace defenders to pick out Lacazette's run to the near post. Guaita gets across quickly though and gets a hand to the cross to just push it out of the Frenchman's way and preserve Palace's lead.
S. Mustafi
Yellow Card
85' Mustafi is shown a yellow card for simulation.
84' Palace are finding it easy to get in behind Arsenal at the minute as Zaha weaves past Kolasinac and plays the ball to Townsend in the middle. He tries to turn with it, but he's dispossessed. It only gets as far as Kouyate though, who takes a shot from the edge of the box, but there's not a lot of power behind his effort and it's a comfortable save for Leno.
83' Palace have got a free-kick in a good position down the right wing once again. This time Milivojevic plays it short to Zaha instead of whipping it into the box, but he is quickly dispossessed by Kolasinac before he can make a run towards the box.
J. Ward
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
81' Ward is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Aubameyang.
A. Townsend
M. Meyer
Crystal Palace
80' Meyer slowly makes his way off the field as he tries to run down the clock a little bit and he is replaced by Townsend.
J. Ayew
C. Benteke
Crystal Palace
78' Palace's first change of the game sees the scorer of the first goal, Benteke, come off to be replaced by Ayew.
P. Aubameyang
77' BRILLIANT GOAL FROM AUBAMEYANG! He dribbles his way past three Palace defenders as he comes inside from the right wing. He tries to play in Lacazette, but the pass deflects back to him off Kelly, so he takes a touch and then fires his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. 3-2!
75' Emery is screaming instructions to his players from the touchline and urging them to close down the ball quicker as Palace win back possession once again.
73' Arsenal are keeping possession well at the minute, but they just haven't been able to get the ball out wide like they were at the beginning of the second half. They're trying to pass it through the middle, but Palace are closing down the space well to block them.
71' Arsenal are piling bodies forward now as they try to put more pressure on Palace and find a way back into the game, but they haven't found a way past them just yet.
J. McArthur
Crystal Palace
69' MCARTHUR MAKES IT THREE! Arsenal have really struggled to deal with set pieces into the box today and once again they can't clear Milivojevic's corner. Dann gets there first and McArthur was stood in the right place to put the effort on target and give his side a two-goal cushion. Arsenal are asking for offside, but Guendouzi was playing him on. 3-1 Palace!
S. Dann
Crystal Palace
69' Dann didn't even have to jump to get on the end of the corner. His header had been an effort on goal, but instead, he put it into his team-mate's path to set up the goal.
M. Guendouzi
Yellow Card
68' Guendouzi is shown a yellow card for dissent.
L. Torreira
Mohamed Elneny
68' Final roll of the dice for Emery now as he brings on Torreira in place of Elneny.
67' Arsenal look very rattled after going behind again. Their passing in Palace's half has become very sloppy and they're struggling to find a way into the box.
65' Palace look a lot more confident after going ahead again. McArthur and Guendouzi are both going for the ball and the Palace midfielder did get to it first, but he tries to poke his effort towards goal. There's no power behind it though and it's an easy save for Leno, but if he'd squared the ball across the box, then Benteke was unmarked and would have had an empty net to aim for.
63' GREAT CHANCE FOR DANN! He is left in a lot of space on the edge of the box as he drifts in from the right and he drives his shot low and on target, but Leno gets down well to hold onto his effort.
M. Özil
Yellow Card
63' Ozil receives a yellow card for a bad foul on Zaha.
C. Benteke
Crystal Palace
61' Benteke rises the highest to get his head to the free-kick and he just flicks it into the space behind him for Zaha to run onto it.
W. Zaha
Crystal Palace
61' ZAHA RESTORES PALACE'S LEAD! A long free-kick is flicked on to Zaha and he easily brushes Mustafi aside to reach the ball first and slot the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net! 2-1 Palace!
59' KOLASINAC COMES CLOSE! Palace can't clear their lines properly and the ball bounces to Kolasinac who is waiting on the edge of the box. He hits the shot sweetly on the volley, but Guaita is quickly across his line to deny him.
57' A clumsy challenge on Zaha by Mustafi on the right wing gives Palace a free-kick in a good position. Milivojevic swings a cross into the box and does pick out Dann, but he can't direct his header on target.
55' Palace can't get out of their own half at the minute. Even when Arsenal are keeping possession in their own half, the away side aren't getting forward quick enough to close them down.
53' The Gunners' passing is a lot quicker than it was in the first half and Palace are struggling to get close to them in order to win back possession.
51' Arsenal's change of shape following the two substitutions at the start of the half has really helped them to open up the game more than before. Iwobi and Maitland-Niles are staying really wide which is causing the Palace defenders a lot of problems at the minute.
49' Palace are straight on the attack after the restart and Zaha dribbles past two Arsenal defenders to get into the box. In the end though, he's just crowded out and Arsenal win the ball back without giving away a foul.
A. Lacazette
47' It was a team effort in the build-up but Lacazette gets his head up just in time to see Ozil making the run ahead of him and plays him in with a good throughball.
M. Özil
47' OZIL EQUALISES FOR ARSENAL! The Palace defenders just couldn't get close to Arsenal during the build-up as Iwobi pulled out wide and squared the ball back into the box. Lacazette picks it up and then plays a short throughball to Ozil who is unmarked and he chips the ball over the top of Guaita wonderfully from a very tight angle on the left of the six-yard box to find the back of the net. 1-1!
46' Arsenal get the game back underway for the second half!
A. Maitland-Niles
C. Jenkinson
46' Jenkinson is the other player to come off and Maitland-Niles is on in his place.
A. Iwobi
K. Mavropanos
46' Emery has decided to make a double substitution at the start of the second half. Mavropanos is the first player to make way and he's replaced by Iwobi.
Arsenal got into a lot of dangerous positions in the first half and had a couple of half chances, but if they want to find a way back into the game, then they need to be more clinical in front of goal. Aubameyang has also struggled to get on the ball so far, so they will need to get him involved more often as he is a threat in front of goal. Hodgson will be happy with his team's performance so far and they have caused Arsenal a lot of problems when they eventually get forward. If they continue to attack in the same way, then they look like they could definitely double their advantage.
Benteke's header gives Palace a 1-0 lead over Arsenal at half-time. The home side made a bright start to the match and had a very early chance through Ozil in the opening minute, but a good save by Guaita denied him. Arsenal started to give away needless free-kicks though as they struggled to keep hold of possession and one of those led to the goal. Milivojevic swung his cross into the middle of the box and none of the Arsenal defenders were picking up Benteke who got his head onto the ball and directed his effort into the back of the net. The Gunners have had a lot of opportunities since going behind, but they troubled Guaita in Palace's goal.
45' Aubameyang is down in the box after being caught on his ankle and he looks like he's in quite a bit of pain. The medical staff are ready to come across to give him some treatment, but he's back to his feet fairly quickly and it looks like he will be able to carry on.
43' BRILLIANT DOUBLE SAVE BY LENO! Kouyate gets the ball at a tight angle on the right side of the box and aims his shot on target, but is denied by the keeper. He gets the rebound and tries once again from a similar angle, but Leno is back to his feet quickly to once again push the ball away.
42' GREAT CHANCE FOR LACAZETTE! The ball is squared to Lacazette on the edge of the box and as he turns towards goal, he is knocked off balance by Kelly. He still gets his shot away though, despite falling as he struck the ball, and it is just over the crossbar.
40' Benteke has scored his first club goal since April 2018 against Leicester City, ending a run of 19 appearances, 25 shots and 358 days without finding the back of the net.
38' The Arsenal fans and players are asking for a penalty as they feel that Wan-Bissaka handled the ball after it was crossed into the box. His hands were raised and out to the side, but the referee points to the corner flag instead of the penalty spot.
36' Kolasinac is being allowed a lot of space down the left wing, but when he cuts into the box to try and pick out a team-mate, he is cut out by Kouyate. He does get past him and slip the ball to Lacazette, but play is pulled back for a foul.
34' Lacazette once again finds himself in a bit of space on the edge of the box. He aims his strike low but Kelly gets across well to block it.
33' Arsenal once again get into a good position high up the field. This time it's Elneny leading the attack, but when he plays a throughball to Kolasinac he is caught offside.
31' MAVROPANOS COMES CLOSE! He decides to have a go from long range as he hits his shot from outside the box, but it is just wide of the target.
29' Arsenal seem to have grown in confidence after keeping possession better for the past couple of minutes and they are causing Palace a few problems in the final third, but they haven't found a way into the box just yet.
27' MUSTAFI COMES CLOSE! This time, the cross into the box from the corner misses the first man and picks out Mustafi at the far post. He rises higher than his defender and gets his head on the ball, but it's too high and his effort flies over the crossbar.
26' Palace are finally able to move forward now and Zaha picks up the ball in a good position on the edge of the box. He goes to ground, but the referee waves the claim away and Arsenal are able to get it clear.
24' Arsenal have a chance to put the ball into the box from a corner but the cross from Ozil is a poor one and he can't beat the first man.
22' GOOD CHANCE FOR LACAZETTE! Aubameyang slipped the ball through to his strike partner on the edge of the six-yard box, but the Frenchman just seemed to slip as he took the shot and his effort was blocked by Dann.
21' Palace are struggling to get out of their own half at the minute, but they're keeping their shape well enough to frustrate Arsenal.
19' Arsenal are keeping the ball well after the restart, but so far they haven't been able to get high enough upfield to cause Palace any real problems in the final third.
L. Milivojević
Crystal Palace
17' Milivojevic's cross into the box from the free-kick is put into the perfect position for Benteke to get on the end of it as he missed all of the Arsenal players running towards the near post.
C. Benteke
Crystal Palace
17' BENTEKE GIVES PALACE THE LEAD! Once again, Arsenal give away a cheap free-kick on the right side and Milivojevic's cross picks out Benteke, who is unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box. The forward gets his head to the ball and sends his effort past Leno and into the back of the net. 1-0 Palace!
K. Mavropanos
Yellow Card
16' Mavropanos is shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Benteke.
16' Zaha is showing his frustration with Guendouzi and the referee after he was caught by a challenge. He reacted badly to being caught and continued to protest when the referee didn't award him a free-kick, but he'll need to calm down soon if he wants to avoid a booking.
14' Palace are starting to build up a bit of rhythm in their passing now, but when they move out of their own half, their passing becomes sloppy and they haven't been able to get Benteke involved in the game yet.
12' GOOD CHANCE FOR DANN! He pulls away from the crowd of players when the corner was taken and directs his header back across goal. His effort isn't on target and McArthur does get a foot to it, but Mustafi does enough to put him off and send the shot over the crossbar.
11' Arsenal work the ball into a good position on the right and he loops a cross into Lacazette. He brings it down with a good touch on to Elneny who drives his shot on target, but Kelly gets across well to block his effort.
9' Arsenal are struggling to pass their way upfield, so they've now taken to looping long balls over the top of the Palace defence and into the box. So far, they've been unable to pick out Lacazette or Aubameyang.
7' Arsenal have given away a couple of cheap free-kicks since the start of the game and Palace have another set piece in a good position. This time the delivery by Milivojevic isn't as good though and he can't beat the first man.
5' Palace have a free-kick on the left wing and the cross in by Milivojevic is a good one that picks out Kelly on the right of the box. He squares it back into the middle, but it's just behind Benteke. Meyer picks up the loose ball and takes a shot, but a good block by Koscielny denies him.
3' Arsenal are keeping the ball well in the opening minutes of this game and are getting into dangerous positions high up the field. This time it's Jenkinson that gets forward, but as he puts his cross into the box, the linesman raises his flag for offside.
1' EARLY CHANCE FOR OZIL! Kolasinac is being closely marked by Wan-Bissaka as he comes inside from the left, but he manages to cut the ball back to Ozil on the edge of the box. The German takes a touch before driving his shot low on target, but it's an easy save for Guaita.
1' Benteke gets the game underway for Palace at the Emirates!
The teams are out on the field now, with kick-off just moments away.
Arsenal have won each of their last six London derbies at home in the Premier League, their best such run in the competition since 11 straight victories between December 2001 and November 2003.
Hodgson makes just three changes to the side that lost last weekend as Ward, Meyer and Kouyate all come into the starting line-up. Van Aanholt and Townsend both start on the bench, but Jeffrey Schlupp drops out of the squad with an injury.
Emery makes seven changes to the team that beat Napoli to progress to the Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Leno is back in goal as usual in the league, while Koscielny, Kolasinac, Lacazette and Aubameyang are the only players to retain their places.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Jordan Ayew, Bakary Sako, Michy Batshuayi, Jairo Riedewald, Andros Townsend, Patrick van Aanholt.
CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI (4-5-1): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Max Meyer, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate, Wilfried Zaha; Christian Benteke.
ARSENAL SUBS: Petr Cech, Lucas Torreira, Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nacho Monreal.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (3-4-1-2): Bernd Leno; Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Konstantinos Mavropanos; Carl Jenkinson, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny, Sead Kolasinac; Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal's fight for a top-four place continues and they come into this game having lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions (W6). Their form at the Emirates is impressive as well as they are on a run of 10 wins at home in the league. Palace's form has been rocky of late after alternating between victory and defeat in their last eight games, and they come into this game having suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City last time out.
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