Roy Hodgson will make his emotional farewells to Selhurst Park tonight in his last home game as manager of Crystal Palace – and there will be an audience worthy of the occasion.
Hodgson has decided to step down as Palace boss at the end of the season, and the Eagles’ final home game of the 2020/21 campaign gives fans the chance to say goodbye to the boss after restrictions are eased lockdown earlier this week.
Fans returned to England’s stadiums on Tuesday, and thousands of Palace fans are sure to make it an unforgettable night in SE25 as they tried to send Hodgson on the road with a victory in the London derby.
While Mikel Arteta has hailed Hodgson as a ‘legend’ in preparation for the Premier League clash, Arsenal will be looking to spoil the party and end what has been a frustrating season for themselves.
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After introductions from Hodgson and longtime assistant Ray Lewington to Palace President Steve Parish, Hodgson is now given a microphone to address the 6,500 fans at Selhurst Park.
A late show from the Gunners keeps their top six prospects alive and spoils Roy Hodgson’s farewell to Selhurst Park.
There will be a presentation for Hodgson after the full time whistle…
Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal
BUT! Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal | Nicolas Pepe 95 ‘
95 minutes: And it will certainly be that!
It’s a good weaving race in the box for Pepe, who coldly scores his second goal of the night beyond Guaita.
Not the farewell Hodgson was hoping for.
Simon Collings à Selhurst Park
Arsenal are in the lead and Selhurst have remained very calm. Hodgson’s night took a turn.
BUT! Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal | Gabriel Martinelli 91 ‘
91 minutes: Arsenal regained their lead from the first minute of the stoppage time!
Two substitutes tie in nicely as Martinelli beats Ward on an Odegaard-back center and comes close to catch what will likely be a late winner for the Gunners.
The goal stands after a VAR check for a possible handball from the Brazilian striker.
It’s a huge goal for the Gunners to keep their top six prospects alive …
90 minutes: Palace pierces Zaha, who collapses under pressure from Gabriel!
No penalty given and VAR agrees. Arsenal goes down directly to the other side …
88 minutes: No yellow shirt bet on the cross near the post of Elneny engulfed by Guaita.
Time is running out for Arsenal …
86 minutes: A flexion effort from Townsend’s right foot is held well by Leno.
A self-defeating goal from Tomas Soucek has just given West Brom the advantage against West Brom.
All the more reason for Arsenal to curse throwing away this lead if the Hammers are beaten …