Three talking points from Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace


Three talking points from Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace


Once again, another phenomenal performance has been tarnished by the concession of a late equaliser.

History repeated itself as Alexandre Lacazette netted a 95th minute equaliser last night, just weeks after Neal Maupay scored one of his own in the 95th minute at Selhurst Park.

Nevertheless, to dominate Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium like that was quite impressive, and there are plenty of positives to take.

Here are three talking points from last night’s 2-2 draw in north London…

Mike Dean, what are you doing?

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While there are positives, we’re going to have a bit of a moan first to let off some steam.

In the first half, Mike Dean wouldn’t let us take a corner as the additional two minutes had been played.

In that respect, why were Arsenal allowed to take their corner in second half stoppage time, even though the additional four minutes was up?

Some consistency would be nice, as it cost us two points.

Michael Olise must start

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In fairness to Jordan Ayew, the Ghanaian played well last night and grabbed a commendable assist for Christian Benteke’s goal with a great tackle.

However, Michael Olise has put him to shame every time he’s played.

Having assisted Odsonne Edouard’s goal shortly after coming on, the 19-year-old now has one goal and one assist in just 69 minutes of Premier League football.

Olise has earned a start, and a trio involving him, Edouard and Wilfried Zaha could terrorise Newcastle on Saturday.

Life after Wilfried Zaha now looks more promising

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At times last night, we didn’t even notice that Wilfried Zaha wasn’t playing, which is arguably the biggest compliment Patrick Vieira could earn at Crystal Palace.

Our record without Wilf has been atrocious for years now, although we looked more than capable of harming the opposition without him at the Emirates Stadium.

Of course, the Ivorian is still pivotal, and we are certainly not better without him.

However, when he does move on, it’s reassuring to know we’re not entirely doomed without our No.11 and talisman.

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