Benteke leads Palace surprise at Arsenal (video)

0 Comments
  • Benteke scores first goal since April 28, 2018
  • Zaha nabs ninth of season
  • Ozil goal forges brief deadlock
  • Christian Benteke scored a goal and added an assist as Crystal Palace handed much-changed Arsenal a 3-2 set back at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

    Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur also scored for the Eagles, while Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted Arsenal’s goals.

    The win boosts Palace into 12th with 42 points, while Arsenal remains fourth with 66.

    [ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

    Roy Hodgson‘s men took a surprising early lead through a strangely surprising source, given that Benteke was once a prolific and danger scorer.

    With room to operate, the Belgian turned a header past Bernd Leno to put the Eagles on top.

    Palace was fortunate not to concede a penalty through an Aaron Wan-Bissaka handball in the box, and Cheikhou Kouyate saw two bids to beat Leno saved by the keeper.

    [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

    [ MORE: Premier League schedule ]

    Arsenal needed less than two second half minutes to equalize, with Iwobi finding Lacazette with a deft outside-of-the-boot pass. The Frenchman slid Ozil through on goal, and Ozil blasted it near side for a 1-1 score line.

    Palace restored its lead thanks to a Benteke flick toward Zaha, with the Ivorian going around Shkrodan Mustafi before beating Leno.

    And then it was 3-1, a 69th minute corner kick from Luka Milivojevic finding the back of the goal when James McArthur redirected a header into the goal.

    Aubameyang needed a fortunate bounce to line up his shot, but deserved every bit of his 77th minute goal.

    [ MORE: Premier League stats ]