Matteo Guendouzi escapes red card for rugby tackling Wilfried Zaha to stop Crystal Palace counter-attack


Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead to draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. 

Centre-back pairing Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz had the Gunners in full control after nine minutes, but they were pegged back by Luka Milivojevic's penalty before half-time. 

Shortly after the break, Jordan Ayew levelled the score and that's how it stayed in north London. 

Sokratis thought he'd netted a late winner, only for VAR to rule his goal out for a foul in the build-up.

Arsenal fans will be disappointed with the decision but it was the correct one - and things could actually have been much worse for Unai Emery's side. 

With seconds left in the game, Wilfried Zaha was breaking away and threatened to steal a win for Palace. 

But before he could get over the halfway line, Matteo Guendouzi rugby tackled him to the floor, preventing the counter-attack. 

Check out the incident below. 

The Frenchman was booked for his challenge, but following the match, many fans have been questioning why he wasn't sent off. 

After all, he illegally stopped what could well have become a clear goalscoring opportunity. 

Perhaps the fact Guendouzi made the challenge so far inside Palace's half helped save him from seeing red. 

Guendouzi escaped a red card for his challenge

The final whistle was then blown moments later, bringing to an end another very disappointing 90 minutes for Arsenal. 

On top of a poor result, Granit Xhaka will be making the headlines tomorrow morning, for all the wrong reasons. 

He was subbed off midway through the second half to a chorus of boos and jeers from his own fans. 

Xhaka will make the headlines tomorrow

Rather than taking it on the chin, Xhaka cupped his ears, threw his arms around and told the supporters to 'f*** off'.

He then took his shirt off and threw it onto the floor before disappearing down the tunnel. 

That sort of behaviour is unbelievable and considering Xhaka is Arsenal's captain, we certainly haven't heard the last of the situation. 

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