Arsenal win in extremis and keep alive the options of getting into Europe

A goal from Martinelli in the 91st minute after a great assist from Odegaard saved a lazy Arsenal against him Crystal palace (1-3) and keeps Gunners’ hopes of breaking into Europe next season alive. The Brazilian forward came to the rescue in injury time to give the team three vital points. Arteta, again disappointing and inferior to Palace that, without risking anything, showed more ambition and determination.

The team of Arteta he took control of the match from the first bars. With Elneny directing the traffic in the medullary, Smith-Rowe striking between the lines and Saka giving depth to the left, the Arsenal clearly dominated a Crystal palace who was only able to get out of the cave through direct play on Benteke.

Arsenal had a hard time breaking the wall of the Crystal palace, but he found a reward for his insistence thanks to a goal from Pépé after half an hour of play. Tierney Y Saka, the great focus of danger of an Arsenal that always preferred to attack on the left bank, combined near the area with a large wall and the winger reached the baseline to put a measured center to the penalty spot. Around there appeared Pépé to finish off with a volley and beat Guaita.

A minute before, the Palace had the best chance of the first half after Benteke, with a great maneuver within the gunner area, gave the leather to Schlupp. The midfielder took a great shot close to the post but Leno appeared with a save to send the ball to a corner.

The 0-1 awakened the locals, who squeezed in the minutes before the break but without dangerous approaches. In the second part, the team of Roy Hodgson it kept growing, blending better and arriving with more frequency and clarity. But it was a set piece action that equalized the contest. A center with music by Townsend he finished it on a plate Benteke with an unappealable head.

The worried gestures of Arteta did not bode well for him Arsenal, which got messy badly when the Crystal palace put the tie on the scoreboard. The entrance of Odegaard for Saka it did not improve the panorama of the visitors, who lost depth and threat without the English winger, the best gunner in the first half. Arsenal, urged to score a goal to continue dreaming of entering Europe, succumbed to their anxiety and failed to generate a chance until the 82nd minute, when Aubameyang he missed a clear shot to the center of Chambers.

In fact, it seemed that the one who was risking his life was the Palace, who continued pressing and assiduously arriving at the goal of Log. But when the Arsenal I was on the canvas Odegaard took out the periscope at the front of the area and found at the far post to Martinelli, who after a control in the semifallo surpassed Guaita to push the leather into an empty goal. Pépé, in the last minute of discount, scored the final 1-3 to relief of Arteta.

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Joel Ward, Tomkis, Cahill, Mitchell; Kouyaté, McCarthy (Riedewald, 82 ‘), Schlupp; Townsend, Benteke (Ayew, 79 ‘) and Zaha

Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney (Xhakam 78 ‘); Thomas (Martinelli, 78 ‘), Elneny; Pépé, Smith-Rowe, Saka (Odegaard, 65 ‘); Aubameyang

Goals: 0-1, Pepe (35 ‘); 1-1, Benteke (62 ‘); 1-2, Martinelli (91 ‘), 1-3 Pépé (95’)

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Yellows: Schlupp (5 ‘), Elneny (37’), Benteke (37 ‘)

Spectators: 6,500 at Selhurst Park