Emmanuel Petit and Michael Owen believe Aaron Ramsdale was “very lucky” during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The duo referred to Wilfried Zaha’s shot, at 0-0, which hit Ramsdale’s back and then the nape of the neck, before hitting the post and going out for a corner.
In typical Zaha fashion, the striker in all the action, after running down the left flank, proceeded to slice off his favored right foot.
After seeing a gap open, he drilled a low shot to the near post from Ramsdale and the £30m Arsenal man. (Sky Sports) he was quick enough to go down and get a light touch on the ball.
That was enough for the ball to end up going into the corner, but the puff to Ramsdale’s cheeks, the huge inhale and gasp from the crowd, told you a different story.
Both Emmanuel Petit and Michael Owen reacted to that moment, and while they praised the 24-year-old for his save, they believe he had the “luck of a winner”. as told to Premier League Productions (03/19/23 at 3:00 p.m.).
“Palace had a great chance to score the first goal,” Petit said. “He was so lucky at Ramsdale. That should have gone back to his own goal.
“After a sloppy start, Arsenal took control of the ball, but Ramsdale fingered it, right?”
Owen added: “He’s lucky, isn’t he? Where it bounces, as Emmanuel said. He’s out of luck, in the first instance. That ball is slipping. It’s only on replay that you see that he gets a little touch.”
Petit added: “It’s the luck of a winner.”
THE ARSENAL FACILITATED THE PALACE’S PAST
The early part of the game saw managerless Palace pose a threat to Arsenal’s back line, but as soon as Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring after 28 minutes it was game over.
Palace came into the game having sacked Patrick Vieira and not scoring in four games, as well as winless in 11 and nothing to write home about in 2023.
It’s beyond dire form, so while they scored, they showed over the 90 minutes why they’re in serious danger of going down.
But Arsenal had to get the job done and they did it in style to open up an eight point lead over Manchester City.
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