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Summary

  1. Bolasie equaliser denies Arsenal three points
  2. Gunners miss chance to go third
  3. Palace move further away from bottom three

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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That is it for today's Premier League coverage. The English action continues throughout this week, starting tomorrow with Stoke v Tottenham.

In the meantime, we have an offering of European football for you to take in: Barcelona v Valencia, which will be starting shortly.

Was it a penalty?

Leicester 2-2 West Ham

Carroll challenge 'no penalty at all' - Bilic

West Ham only had a few more seconds to hold out for a 2-1 win, but then came the second spot-kick decision of the match when referee Jon Moss judged Andy Carroll to have pushed Jeff Schlupp over in the area.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic says the decision to award a penalty was "hard to explain".

'The red card changed the match'

Leicester 2-2 West Ham

Jamie Vardy red card changed game - Ranieri

Leicester were a goal to the good thanks to Jamie Vardy's 22nd league goal of the season in the 18th minute. 

But then came the first twist of the match when the England striker was shown a second yellow for diving as he was challenging for the ball along with Angelo Ogbonna.

Foxes boss manager Claudio Ranieri says the decision "changed the game",

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Gweedo: I gave up my season ticket 4 years ago. I just watch the 2012 season DVD cos its a rerun of every season & cheaper.

Mike Simpson: Buying new players isn't the answer for Arsenal. The club needs a change in approach, a refresh. That won't come with Wenger.

Joe Wedgwood: Who do these angry Arsenal fans believe can come in and do a better job than Wenger?  

'It is hard to accept'

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to BBC Sport: "It is very difficult, we had a lot of possession but did not make enough of it.

"We lacked a  change of pace, sharpness, they defended well. We put a lot of effort in but came out with a frustrating result. It is hard to accept, the competition goes on and we focus on the next one.

"I don't know how it works mathematically but we are too disappointed to think about the league, we have to think about the Champions League and fight to be in the Champions League.

"We have another home game on Thursday night and had to prepare for that.

"On their goal, it did not look unstoppable, maybe the shot surprised him, but we maybe should have stopped the shot. It is difficult to blame individuals."

'Work still to do'

Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to BBC Sport: “I felt the goal came too late for us. We felt in the second half had we got that goal earlier it would have made an interesting end to the game. We were missing that spark, especially in the first half. You have to give Liverpool credit. 

"We isolated Josh King, turned the ball over a lot in our own half and played ourselves into trouble. Marc Pugh and Lewis Grabban did well and Josh King was outstanding, there are positives from the defeat. The ball did hit a Liverpool player’s arm two or three times in their box. There’s certainly work to do between now and the end of the season."

'Full of greed and readiness and passion'

Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to BBC Sport: "They've never played together. they could have defended better, played a bit more football in the first half, but it was really, really good. Danny Ward was brilliant. It was a clear foul (on the goalkeeper) open for all to see. Let the self-confidence grow of goalkeepers, they’re normal human beings.

"I'm really satisfied. Daniel Sturridge, what a striker. He had an unbelievable moment - the last chance he had - when he hit the bar, it was an unbelievable moment. He was involved in the last five, six or seven goals for us. Today it was nearly his goal the first, and he got the second. He becomes fitter and fitter. Perfect. Hopefully it stays like this, full of greed and readiness and passion.”

Earlier today Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge. Here is what the two managers had to say about the game...

'We belong in mid-table'

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew & Yannick Bolasie
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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew to BBC Sport: "It was an important win for us, it means two of the teams below us have to get 40 points and with our goal difference it will be difficult for them. It makes it easier for us to look forward to the semi-final and look to trying to get to mid table which is where I think we belong.

"The cup runs has affected us but I think we have put that to bed, we can't keep leaning on that and we needed to focus on the league and I think the players have taken that message on board. Hopefully we can pick up something at Manchester United."

'We would like to think we are safe'

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann to BBC Sport: "We knew it would be a tough game, we dug in there, when it is 1-0 there is a good chance to get something out of the game, especially when we have players like Yannick who can pop up and get us a goal.

"In the first-half we lacked energy  they were on top, but we defended well and when Wayne Hennessey was called upon he made some good saves

"Looking at the table we would like to think we are safe, but until we are mathematically safe you can't turn a blind eye. We would like to get something out of Wednesday's match at Manchester United and start looking at teams above us."

Scott Dann
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Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Credit to Palace for taking a point from that game. After an absolute horror run, they are now unbeaten in three matches and - barring something spectacular - look to have avoided getting dragged into the relegation fight. They are now nine points clear.

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Bishop Yinkus: I will never forgive Arsene Wenger for raising my hope of winning the title & then wrecked it with his sentiment.

Lamont Burke: I don't think Wenger could even motivate a preschool team anymore.

Neil Leverett: We can't cross, can't defend, can't press, can't finish. But above all, we can't fight.   

'The ball skidded fast'

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Petr Cech to Sky Sports: "We should have seen the game off, this is two dropped points. 

"They managed to get a counter-attack and hit it on the floor, the ball skidded fast, I got a bit of a touch.

"We need to win all the remaining games and we will see what will be the outcome of it."

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Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The definition of madness? Or the definition of Arsenal's title challenge in recent seasons?

Palace had two shots on target in that game. They had just 28% of possession. They only had eight touches in the Arsenal box.

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

John Hartson

Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is a disappointing result for Arsenal, two points dropped.

"I would not say it is a bad performance by Arsenal, they went for the second goal but were just a little bit lacklustre.

"Alan Pardew was brave, he had four strikers on the pitch at the end."

Hector Bellerin
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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal's season summed up in a game. They dominated possession but failed to create anywhere near enough, leaving them vulnerable before shooting themselves in the foot. Palace are rewarded for digging in.

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha has a huge chance to win this for Palace, but he wastes it. He beats Laurent Koscielny to the ball to leave it just himself, Gabriel and Emmanuel Adebayor in the box. But his touch is heavy, allowing the Gunners defender to charge over and tackle.

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

John Hartson

Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"If it stays like this, it is an extremely disappointing result for Arsenal."

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Into injury time - four minutes of it. Arsenal look a very weary side now. What little hope they had of still winning the title is disappearing.

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Small Man Peaky: That just about sums up Arsenal's season. Lots of pretty stuff. But in the end still so mentally fragile. 

The Waterloo Gooner: Typical Arsenal... Dominate a game. take many shots, miss many chances... and lose/draw.

Andrew Priestley:Poor from Petr Cech. He got down to that shot far too slowly. 

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal are desperate now. A free-kick is swung into the box and met by Gabriel but his header is easily claimed by Wayne Hennessey.

Theo Walcott is on for Mohamed Elneny. daice thrown for the last time.

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

John Hartson

Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was all about the win today for Arsenal. The have put all their eggs in one basket now with the top four. If they get the win today then job done. It is imperative Arsenal win and pick up those three points."

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

At normal speed, Petr Cech looked to be moving in slow motion as he went down to fluff that save from Bolasie's goalscoring shot. Suddenly, there is frustration and anger coming from the stands.

Yannick Bolasie
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Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

John Hartson

Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"Credit to Palace, they have four centre-forwards on the pitch away from home' Alan Pardew has been brave to try and get that on chance, that little bit of magic and it has come from Yannick Bolasie. He hits his shot with so much power it squeezes in, Petr Cech gets his hand to but but can't keep it out."

GOAL - Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie

Bang! And there it is. There was something predictable about this. Palace have hung in there, conceding so much possession to Arsenal, but they are now level. It is not a moment Petr Cech will want to look at again. Yannick Bolasie is way out when he picks the ball up and doesn't look to be a threat but his low shot has power and it beats the keeper at his near post.

Yannick Bolasie
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Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Olivier Giroud's first touch is an effort on target. But is a tame redirection of Mesut Ozil's cross at the near post which Hennessey saves.

Soon after, Alexis Sanchez earns a yard on the edge of the box but snatches at his shot and pulls it wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey come on for Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck. Palace also make a change with Wilfried Zaha replacing Jason Puncheon.

Soon after, Bakary Sako is a yard or two away from bringing Palace level with a header at the near post from a corner. A big warning for Arsenal. This game isn't over yet.

Danny Welbeck
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Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez combine down the right but the latter's effort - dug out with inches to spare before he crossed the byline - loops up into Hennessey's hands.

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

John Hartson

Former Arsenal striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"I am sure Alan Pardew will be saying 'get it wide to Emmanuel Adebayor'. He is  so powerful in the air with with his size and his leap."

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Scott Dann into the book for bringing down Danny Welbeck after the striker had stuffed him down the left side.

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

A cross to the back post falls at the feet of Nacho Monreal, but his shot is blocked. A couple of Arsenal corners follow but they are unable to test Hennessey.

Nacho Monreal
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CLOSE!

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Quick thinking from Mesut Ozil - taking a free-kick on the edge of the palace box quickly - creates a chance for Alexis Sanchez, but his diving, glancing header goes just past the far post.

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Adebayor gets possession and boos echo around the ground. The cheer when he gives the ball away on the edge of the box is bigger than the one that greeted the goal.

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Palace are hanging in there. Mesut Ozil's cross to the back post is met by Alexis Sanchez but his header goes wide of the post.

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Chance for Welbeck! Mesut Ozil chips a free-kick into the box, which palace fail to clear, giving the England striker a chance to hook an acrobatic shot on target that Hennessey is well-placed to block.

Danny Welbeck
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Yep, it's panto time. As you would expect, an awful lot of boos greet the introduction of Adebayor, who replaces Connor Wickham.

Emmanuel Adebyaor
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Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

He's a popular man in these parts, Emmanuel Adebayor. He certainly looks to be enjoying his return to the Emirates. He is about to join the action. I wonder what the reception from the home fans will be?

Emmanuel Adebayor
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CLOSE!

Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Mesut Ozil takes the free-kick, beats the wall and watches in frustration as the ball curls just past the post. Great effort.

Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Alexis Sanchez is tripped by Joe Ledley near the Palace box. The midfielder picks up a booking and his side could be in trouble...

Alexis Sanchez
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Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

Palace win a corner in a rare attack. Danny Welbeck does a sterling job at the near post to head clear and set up a counter-attack that ends with an Alexis Sanchez chip that loops harmlessly into the hands of Wayne Hennessey.