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Vieira crestfallen as Crystal Palace fail to learn lessons in late Arsenal draw

Patrick Vieira returns to Arsenal with Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira felt his Crystal Palace side failed to learn their lessons from previous games after they saw victory at Arsenal snatched from their grasp at the death on Monday night.

Alexandre Lacazette struck with the last kick of the game as Arsenal earned a point against Crystal Palace and prevented Vieira winning on his return to the club.

The Frenchman won three Premier League titles and captained the Gunners during their unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ campaign and his name rang around the Emirates Stadium before and after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead early on but from then on Palace were the better side as Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard struck in the second half to seemingly win the game – only for substitute Lacazette to level at the death.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Vieira said: “It was so close but we have been saying that a little bit too often. We have to learn from the games we played previously.

“I am really disappointed because the way the team came back in the second half, they deserved to win the game.

“I am frustrated for them, they were brave and showed character and to concede a goal like that I am disappointed for my players.

Joel Ward and Bukayo Saka Arsenal v Crystal Palace

“We conceded those goals on set pieces on the second phases and we need to work on that. We have to put our sleeves up and put our bodies on the line.

“We were really unlucky today, it is the way it is. But I believe there is more to come from the team to challenge even better.”

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Gallagher rues horrible finish

Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, who was named Man of the Match, added: “It’s horrible, honestly, it’s so horrible.

“To come back from 1-0 down at Arsenal is great isn’t it? To hold on until the last 30 seconds is just horrible. We’re gutted.

“It feels worse than a defeat – if it’s possible. Nothing’s worse than thinking you’ve got three points and to have it taken away from you. We need to learn from little mistakes.

“The boys were brilliant. You can’t take the performance away from us. The whole team were class. There are a lot of positives but it doesn’t mean a lot when you don’t have the three points.

“Half-time we were confident and thought we could still win this.

“Hopefully we can start turning these draws into wins. You’ve got to take it on the chin and move on.”

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