Arsenal hit the Palace wall

Full-time result-




Crystal Palace


Ball Possession: 67% – 33%
Goal Attempts: 11 – 12
Shots on Goal: 4 – 2
Shots off Goal: 5 – 6
Blocked Shots: 2 – 4
Free Kicks: 12 – 12
Corner Kicks: 8 – 3
Offsides: 1 – 3
Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 4
Fouls: 10 – 11
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 1
Total Passes: 692 – 341
Tackles: 17 – 14
Attacks: 172 – 92
Dangerous Attacks: 81 – 37

The two sides played out a goalless draw on Thursday night, in a match that saw the Gunners dominate possession but failed to carve out any real chance for themselves. Thomas Partey finally made a substitute appearance for the Gunners off the bench, after being on the treatment table since November last year.

Ainsley Maitland Niles replaced the ever-reliant Kieran Tierney on the left side of the Gunners’ defense, while David Luiz replaced Pablo Mari in what were the major changes from the side that won 4-0 away to West Brom a fortnight ago. Both teams came close to scoring in the first half, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang testing the palace goalkeeper in the 20th minute, cutting in from the left into the edge of the penalty box and sending a fierce drive towards the Guaita, who punched the ball over for a corner. Palace came close to scoring twice in the closing stages of the first half, firstly, Eze’s freekick from the left was headed onto the crossbar by Tompkins before Christian Benteke’s header was saved by Leno, while the rebound was easily carried by the Gunners keeper.

There were few chances created in the second half as Palace sat deep and hoped to beat Arsenal on the counter, while the Gunners pressed wastefully as they were unable to carve open the palace defense as the game ended in a goalless draw for the first time since 1997.

on how he sums up the game...

“I am disappointed because we wanted to win the game but I think the draw is a fair result, because we lacked some presence and some quality in the final third to win tonight.”

~ Mikel Arteta


*Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 consecutive matches.

*This is the 7th premier league match this season that Arsenal have failed to find the net.

Having beaten Newcastle last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup, we welcome them back to north London to face them in the Premier League on Monday evening.


Match Review by Patrick Alexander