They celebrated the 95th minute leveller as if it was a victory.

Gunners supersub Alexandre Lacazette smashed home the leveller to snatch a point Arsenal barely deserved after another shambolic performance.

The Arsenal fans could see it, they knew they had got away with it as Patrick Vieira so nearly ruined his own homecoming party but Crystal Palace ended up having to settle for a draw.

Arsenal threw away a first half lead after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they pressed the self destruct button and fell apart as Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard turned it around with second half goals.

No-one can say they did not deserve it either. It was Arsenal’s sloppiness and ill discipline which helped Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard turn it around with second half goals.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his last-gasp equaliser against Crystal Palace (


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The Arsenal fans were left raging, the three game winning run ended with a draw at Brighton and now the ugly scenes returned at the Emirates amid more doubts over whether Mikel Arteta is the man to take the club forward.

On this evidence, Arsenal went for the wrong former captain because Vieira instilled more passion, more discipline and more drive than his counterpart.

And if it had not been for Aaron Ramsdale then it could have been worse. The fans who complained Ramsdale was overpriced at £30m must now be thinking they have got a bargain.

Arsenal started brilliantly, they were sharp, incisive and fully deserved their goal when they took the lead after just eight minutes.

Nicolas Pepe was lively down the right, exchanged passes with Takehiro Tomiyasu before Pepe then unleashed a terrific curling shot which Palace keeper Vicente Guaita clawed away.

But there was Aubameyang ready to pounce on the rebound and he squeezed home a shot from an acute angle as he scored for a third consecutive home game.

It looked as if Arsenal had lift off and their attacking line-up - with Thomas Partey sitting in midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation - really pushed Palace back.

But they failed to make their early dominance and pressure tell and, as passes began to go wayward, Palace came right back into the contest.

Vieira’s men looked increasingly dangerous on the break, Benteke led the line well and caused Arsenal all manner of problems with his lay-offs and link-up play with Jordan Ayew and Odsonne Edouard.

Christian Benteke scores Palace's equaliser five minutes into the second half (



But tempers boiled over just before half time - and Palace were lucky not to be reduced to ten men.

Saka was shown a yellow for a trip on Ayew and then soon after James McArthur blatantly kicked Arsenal’s England winger up in the air on the edge of the box.

Referee Mike Dean produced a yellow card, VAR Peter Bankes did check it but did not intervene and the decision looked a shocker. Quite how they came to the conclusion you can kick someone up in the air and get away with it is anyone’s guess.

Palace got away with one and so nearly went ahead in first half injury time. Arsenal failed to clear their lines from a corner, Conor Gallagher smashed a shot towards goal and Aaron Ramsdale produced a fantastic diving stop to save his team yet again.

But the reprieve did not last long. Arsenal were just as sloppy in the second half. Thomas Partey dithered on the ball, Ayew nicked it off him and there was Benteke who had time and space on the edge of the box to pick his spot in the bottom corner for a 50th minute leveller.

Worse was to follow. Albert Sambi Lokonga - on for the injured Saka - was caught in possession, Gallagher burst forward and this time Edouard smashed a shot beyond Ramsdale as the ball crashed in off the bar.

The away end was ecstatic, the home fans in uproar and Vieira returned to his old club and left with all three points.

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