Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and was sent off as Arsenal played out a 1-1 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Gabon international put Mikel Arteta’s side ahead with a typically clinical finish early on before Jordan Ayew secured a point for Roy Hodgson’s men nine minutes after the interval.
Palace might feel they should have gone on to seal all three points after a VAR review deemed Aubameyang’s challenge on Max Meyer in the 67th minute worthy of a straight red card.
The result leaves Arsenal in 10th position, one point behind the Eagles and eight adrift of fourth-place Chelsea.
Arsenal started with a spring in their step and opened the scoring in the 12th minute, courtesy of a fine team goal.
Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette combined to find Aubameyang on the edge of the penalty area, with the former Borussia Dortmund man taking a touch away from Martin Kelly before clinically slotting into Vicente Guaita’s bottom-left corner.
That lead rarely looked in danger throughout the first half, although Bernd Leno had to be alert to keep out Cheikhou Kouyate’s deflected effort shortly before the interval.
The hosts started the second period with renewed verve and pulled level in the 54th minute when Ayew’s effort took a wicked deflection off David Luiz and looped over Leno.
Luiz then flashed a header narrowly over the crossbar before Aubameyang received his marching orders.
Referee Paul Tierney deemed the forward’s ugly lunge on Meyer worth only a yellow card, but a lengthy VAR review saw the offence upgraded to a straight red.
Both sides came agonisingly close to snatching a win in the closing stages.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos cleared James Tomkins’ header off the line, while at the other end Guaita superbly tipped Nicolas Pepe’s low drive onto the post before smothering Lacazette’s follow-up.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald, Meyer (Tosun 68), McCarthy, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew
Subs not used: Dann, Hennessey, Tosun, Wickham, Woods, Kirby, Pierrick
Goalscorers: Ayew 54
Booked: McCarthy, Tomkins
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira (Guendouzi 45), Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil (Martinelli 70), Aubameyang (Nelson 90), Lacazette
Subs not used: Holding, Martinez, Willock, Saka
Goalscorers: Aubameyang 12
Booked: Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Aubameyang
Sent off: Aubameyang
Referee: Paul Tierney