2015-16 Barclays Premier League

Full-time: Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

  • Yannick Bolasie beats Petr Cech at his near post to seal a draw for Crystal Palace, who move nine points clear of relegation danger
  • Arsenal looked to be heading to a narrow victory courtesy of a first-half header from Alexis Sanchez
  • Emmanuel Adebayor could have netted a stoppage-time winner against his former club, only for Wilfried Zaha to hesitate under pressure from Gabriel
  • Fourth-place Gunners miss the chance to leapfrog Manchester City back into third and now sit only four points ahead of Manchester United, albeit with a superior goal difference
  • Arsene Wenger's side have now won just two of their last six home Premier League matches
Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie is embraced by manager Alan Pardew after his second-half equaliser against Arsenal AFP

That is all from us for now, but IBTimes UK will have reaction from both managers later this evening. We will also be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of events at the Britannia Stadium, where Tottenham will seek to capitalise on Leicester's dropped points against Stoke.

Until then, goodnight.


Another frustrating outing for Arsenal, who have now won just two of their last six Premier League home matches. They miss the chance to go back above Manchester City into third and are left only four points clear of Manchester United with five games remaining. Next up is the visit of Tony Pulis and West Brom.

As for Palace, a fifth point in seven days sees them edge closer to the magical 40 mark. They are now nine clear of the relegation zone and should be safe barring an unlikely sequence of events. Pardew's side travel to Old Trafford in midweek before heading to Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Watford.



Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace


Costly hesitation from Zaha, who races through after a bad error from Koscielny. Adebayor has a tap in against his former club if he squares it quickly, but the subsequent delay allows Gabriel to move across and bail out his centre-back partner with a crucial tackle.


Four minutes of added time to be played.


Arsenal struggle to break down Palace's committed rearguard but win an opening from a set-piece as the sluggish Adebayor fells Ramsey. Gabriel heads Ozil's free-kick straight at Hennessey.

At the other end, Sako shoots well over and Gabriel makes a good block to fend off a cross from Bolasie.


Wenger responds to that setback by replacing Elneny with Walcott.


Out of nothing, Palace are level and it is not a goal that Cech will want to see again in a hurry. Bolasie drifts in from the left and goes beyond Coquelin before rifling a low effort from 20 yards that squirms past the experienced goalkeeper and in at the front post.

All square with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Yannick Bolasie


Goal: Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace (Yannick Bolasie)


Two half-chances for Arsenal go begging as Giroud fails to test Hennessey and Sanchez misses the target.


Cech makes his first real save of note to tip over the crossbar after Sako makes a good connection with Cabaye's corner. The Frenchman's second delivery is poor and easily headed away by Elneny.


Wenger opts for a double change as Iwobi and Welbeck are replaced by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Pardew sends on Zaha for Puncheon.


Welbeck demonstrates a nifty change of pace that leads to him being clattered late by Dann. Yellow card.


Ward can't cut out Bellerin's deep cross but Sako is on hand to prevent Monreal from hitting the target with a half-volley at the back post.


Sanchez comes agonisingly close to adding to his and Arsenal's tally. After Monreal is knocked down by Ledley, Ozil shows great awareness to spot that his teammate has stolen a march on Souare and flights in a perfect quick free-kick that is glanced centimetres wide of the post.


Slack defending from Ward, who allows Sanchez to drift in behind him and nod Ozil's cross wide of the back post.


Palace survive by the skin of their teeth when Adebayor's attempted clearance from a free-kick ricochets off Sanchez and leads to Hennessey making another smart close-range stop to thwart Welbeck.

Elneny looks to drive home the rebound but Delaney blocks and the ball is eventually cleared.


The boos ring out around the Emirates as Adebayor replaces Wickham. Perhaps that will liven things up a bit.


Souare looks to release Bolasie with a punt downfield but the DR Congo winger is penalised for backing in on Monreal. Adebayor is receiving instructions from Palace assistant Keith Millen and will soon enter the fray to an inevitably hostile reception.


A painful but accidental clash of heads between Gabriel and Wickham leaves the Palace striker in a daze. The physios are waved away and he will be able to continue.


A cynical trip from Ledley on Sanchez earns the Welsh midfielder a yellow card. Ozil's curled free-kick drifts over the wall and just wide of Hennessey's left-hand post.


Bellerin attempts to turn the screw with a low pass that is put behind by Delaney. A cleverly worked corner from Ozil and Elneny ends with Iwobi failing to make contact with a chipped Coquelin cross.

The Nigerian then releases Welbeck with a backheel, but Hennessey easily holds his shot from a tricky angle. Sanchez was hoping he would deliver that to the back post.


The ball almost falls kindly for Welbeck inside the Palace box, but Dann clears at the vital moment.


The second half is off and running. No changes from Arsenal, but Pardew has sent on Bakary Sako in place of Jedinak.