After his Crystal Palace side was beaten to a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium, Patrick Vieira admitted Arsenal’s late equalizer was “very painful” to swallow.
After Palace failed to clear a corner and Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was saved, Alexandre Lacazette scored deep into injury time to deprive club veteran Vieira a winning return.
After Vicente Guaita’s stunning save to deny Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners started strongly and rightfully took the lead via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, Palace improved as the Gunners faded, and Christian Benteke’s equaliser extended his excellent record against Arsenal. Jordan Ayew intercepted Thomas Partey, and Benteke hammered a shot into the bottom corner.
Palace took the lead after Conor Gallagher dispossessed Albert Sambi Lokonga in his own half, and the visitors broke fast, with Odsonne Edouard smashing in a shot that went in off the underside of the bar.
Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney came close to tying the game late on, but his shot hit the crossbar.
And it looked like they’d come up short until substitute Lacazette drove home a loose ball from close range.
“It was really tough,” Vieira told BBC Sport. “I was really disappointed to concede at the end because the players worked really hard and they deserved those three points. I feel sorry for them today.
Source: BBC Sport