Sean Dyche refused to blame VAR for Burnley's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Jorginho's first-half penalty and goals for Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi got Frank Lampard's men back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Burnley thought they had the lead through Jeff Hendrick, but Ben Mee was adjudged to be fractionally offside when nodding Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal.

Matthew Lowton then brought Willian down for Jorginho to dispatch the opener and Dyche had no complaints.

"They were too strong. We're a little bit stretched at the minute but I still like the starting XI," the Clarets manager told BBC Match of the Day.

"We set about it quite well in the opening period but then we give away a penalty.

"He does try and pull out but it’s still a penalty, he does make contact."

The VAR images relayed to broadcasters to highlight the Mee offside call arguably appeared inconclusive but Dyche, who was angered on the touchline at the time, was in no mood to haggle over millimetres.

"It is offside, isn't it? The debate can carry on for other people, I've got to be honest," he said.

"If he's offside, he's offside. There seems to be this big debate over whether he's an inch offside. So what are they going to do?

"Put the tolerance as two inches, three inches? We'll have a tolerance of four inches.

"Where do you draw the line? If he's offside, he's offside."

The one incident the Burnley boss took issue with was a shove on James Tarkowski in the build-up to Abraham heading past the limp efforts of goalkeeper Nick Pope seven minutes before half-time.

"I'm only aggrieved on the second one because we all talk about this minimal contact in the box – people get touched on the shoulder and somehow their legs collapse. They get penalties," he said.

"If you look, in the build-up James Tarkowski is pushed in the back and then he can't recover to go and try and win the header. Popey should deal with it, he knows that.

"Now, with VAR, I'm thinking that even though it's minor contact I keep seeing penalties given for minor contact. They've got to explain which is an important contact or not.

"That's a really important moment, of course. 2-0 is tough."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Juan Mata applauded Marcus Rashford after the striker became the third youngest player to reach 200 matches for Manchester United in Saturday's win over Norwich City.

United cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford and Rashford got two of the goals, generally impressing as he tormented the Norwich defence until his second-half withdrawal.

The 22-year-old was representing the first team for the 200th time; only United greats George Best and Ryan Giggs have reached that landmark at a younger age than the England international.

Manager Solskjaer and team-mate Mata – the creator of two goals in the win – were full of praise for the United youth product, who has scored 19 times in all competitions this season.

Mata told BBC Sport: "He's our top-scorer, he's improving a lot. He's still 22 and has played 200 games.

"He's in a good run of performances and goals, and hopefully he can stay like that until the end of the season because he offers us so much."

"He's been exceptional," Solskjaer added. "He's a leader in the group and has 16, 17, 18, 19 goals - I don't know how many.

"He keeps producing, scoring goals and he was so composed with his finishes. It's a fantastic effort by Marcus to get 200 games so quickly at his age, and he got through most of the game.

"He was struggling a little bit, so we took him off, but two good goals. I'm very pleased with Marcus' performance."

Rashford reacted to his accomplishment after the match, as he struggled to comprehend emulating Best and Giggs.

"Beyond proud to become the third youngest player to hit 200 Man United games," he wrote on Twitter.

"[I] can't put into words what it means to follow Giggsy and George Best. Two goals and three points completes a perfect day."

Victory over Norwich keeps United fifth in the Premier League, five points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Juan Mata applauded Marcus Rashford after the striker became the third youngest player to reach 200 matches for Manchester United in Saturday's win over Norwich City.

United cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford and Rashford got two of the goals, generally impressing as he tormented the Norwich defence until his second-half withdrawal.

The 22-year-old was representing the first team for the 200th time; only United greats George Best and Ryan Giggs have reached that landmark at a younger age than the England international.

Manager Solskjaer and team-mate Mata – the creator of two goals in the win – were full of praise for the United youth product, who has scored 19 times in all competitions this season.

Mata told BBC Sport: "He's our top-scorer, he's improving a lot. He's still 22 and has played 200 games.

"He's in a good run of performances and goals, and hopefully he can stay like that until the end of the season because he offers us so much."

"He's been exceptional," Solskjaer added. "He's a leader in the group and has 16, 17, 18, 19 goals - I don't know how many.

"He keeps producing, scoring goals and he was so composed with his finishes. It's a fantastic effort by Marcus to get 200 games so quickly at his age, and he got through most of the game.

"He was struggling a little bit, so we took him off, but two good goals. I'm very pleased with Marcus' performance."

Rashford reacted to his accomplishment after the match, as he struggled to comprehend emulating Best and Giggs.

"Beyond proud to become the third youngest player to hit 200 Man United games," he wrote on Twitter.

"[I] can't put into words what it means to follow Giggsy and George Best. Two goals and three points completes a perfect day."

Victory over Norwich keeps United fifth in the Premier League, five points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Frank Lampard is hopeful N'Golo Kante will make a swift return from the hamstring problem that ruled him out of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Kante's fellow midfielder Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi got in on the act.

Chelsea remain in the final Champions League qualification place, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, and Lampard knows how important it will be to have his France international back fit and firing.

"I'm hoping short-term. He actually got through training but had an awareness of it," the Blues boss told BBC Match of the Day after Kante's absence unhelpfully coincided with speculation linking him to Real Madrid.

"It didn't break down as such. It's something we'll have to look at in the week ahead.

"We know how important he is for us and he's played so many games over the years regularly.

"This year, not so much – which is unfortunate for everybody here. So we'll look after him and hopefully it's not too long."

Kante has missed eight of Chelsea's 22 Premier League matches so far this term, having been hampered by a series of minor issues.

Christian Pulisic was another injury victim in training at Cobham this week, suffering tendon damage.

The United States' attacker being sidelined created the opportunity for Hudson-Odoi to start and score his first Premier League goal.

"Callum did very well. The urgency of his game, being on the edge, making runs and getting at people – so positive," Lampard added.

"Those are the things that he needs to do, keep working on that. We know the talent he's got."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United will "pounce" in the transfer market if the right opportunity arises following reports of advanced discussions with Sporting CP for Bruno Fernandes.

United claimed a 4-0 Premier League win over Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday, four days on from a 3-1 EFL Cup defeat to Manchester City.

Although it was arguably the most coherent display United have enjoyed for a while, it remains clear they need to strengthen in order to challenge for honours.

With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay facing prolonged periods of absence, United have been heavily linked with a move for Portugal international midfielder Fernandes and officials from the two clubs are said to have been in talks on Friday.

And while Solskjaer claimed United are "working really well" in the transfer market, he avoided specifics.

"That's what it's like at Man United, there's always speculation and talk," Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

"I can only say we are working really well to improve the squad and when we find the right player for the right value, we'll pounce on it."

He added to Sky Sports: "I've really got the backing from the owners, from Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman].

"I know we have resources if the right player becomes available for the right money, and they've been so good to me.

"So, it might happen, it might not, it depends on if we find one for the right value, but the backing is there."

Callum Hudson-Odoi was a picture of happiness after ending his wait for a first Premier League goal in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley.

The England winger got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta's cross to finish off the scoring as the Blues avoided a third consecutive home defeat in the top flight.

Hudson-Odoi, who returned from a ruptured Achilles earlier this season, had to endure a VAR check after wheeling away in celebration.

The video official adjudged there had been no touch from fellow goalscorer Tammy Abraham, meaning Hudson-Odoi was onside.

"I'm really delighted. Finally I've got it," he said.

"I thought to myself that if no one touched it, it was goal. I'm delighted it went my way."

Hudson-Odoi's goal came four minutes after half-time and Chelsea, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, probably should have enjoyed a greater margin of victory.

"We have to be more clinical, we always say that," the 19-year-old said. "We got the chances we could have scored more.

"But at the same time we are putting them away. We were a bit more clinical and hopefully next game we'll try to get more."

Hudson-Odoi added: "The boys put in a massive effort – the enthusiasm, the work rate. We all had it today.

"It was hard for us in the first 20 or 25 minutes to get on the ball and create stuff. In the second half here was more space and we started getting into pockets."

Jorginho put Frank Lampard's side in front from the penalty spot before Abraham and Hudson-Odoi struck.

Danny Ings gave in-form Southampton sweet revenge over Leicester City and Manchester United hammered bottom side Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Leicester consigned the Saints to a record-equalling 9-0 defeat in October, but the second-placed Foxes – who had three goals ruled out – were beaten 2-1 at the King Power Stadium less than three months later.

Ings' 10th goal in his last 10 top-flight starts sealed all three points for a Southampton side who have now won three and drawn one of their last four Premier League matches.

Manchester United replaced Sheffield United in fifth spot with a 4-0 drubbing of Norwich at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford scoring twice, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and was sent off in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea are five points better off than the Red Devils in fourth, having avoided a third successive Premier League home defeat with a 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Richarlison scored the only goal in Everton's win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park, while Newcastle United and Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

 

INGS KEEPS SAINTS MARCHING

Southampton pulled off a magnificent victory to leave high-flying Leicester stunned.

Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans had goals disallowed for offside and Southampton had a penalty decision overturned by VAR in an action-packed encounter.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's upwardly mobile side were not to be denied maximum points, though, courtesy of a deflected first-half strike from Stuart Armstrong and a 14th of the season in the league from Ings – who hit the crossbar twice – either side of Dennis Praet's first Leicester goal.

 

RUTHLESS UNITED HAMMER CANARIES

Manchester United responded to their 3-1 EFL Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City with a ruthless demolition of bottom side Norwich.

Rashford took his tally of league goals this season to 14 with one in each half and Anthony Martial scored United's third two minutes after the England striker helped himself to a double from the penalty spot.

Mason Greenwood was given far too much time to add a fourth soon after coming off the bench as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ran riot, leaving Norwich still seven points adrift of fourth-bottom Aston Villa.

AUBA AND OUT

Aubameyang's 15th top-flight goal of the campaign gave the Gunners a first-half advantage at Selhurst Park, but things turned sour for the striker after the break.

The Gabon international was initially booked by referee Paul Tierney for a challenge on Max Meyer, but a red card was brandished after a VAR review which took over two minutes. 

Jordan Ayew's deflected strike had brought injury-hit Palace level before Aubameyang was ordered off and neither side could force a derby winner.

Tottenham have handed starts to Japhet Tanganga and Christian Eriksen in Saturday's Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool.

Twenty-year-old defender Tanganga will make his first top-flight appearance for Spurs, with Eriksen also playing from the start despite being heavily linked with a move to Inter.

With Harry Kane out injured, Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura will support Son Heung-min in attack.

Tottenham look set to play a five-man defence, with Jan Vertonghen, Ryan Sessegnon, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele and Kane dropping out of the team who played Southampton in their last league game.

Tanganga, Son, Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez and Danny Rose are the players to come in.

Liverpool make one change, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting his first game for over a month as he replaces James Milner, who has a hamstring injury.

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal as Chelsea shrugged off their home struggles with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard had seen his team lose three of their past four top-flight matches on their own patch and they had an early scare when a debatable offside call denied Jeff Hendrick the opener.

However, Jorginho's 27th-minute penalty and Tammy Abraham's 15th of the season in all competitions settled nerves.

Hudson-Odoi then got in on the act and only some later wastefulness from Abraham averted a heavier defeat for Burnley, who are four points above the relegation zone in 15th having played a game more than the four sides immediately below them.

Burnley thought they were ahead in the 18th minute, but Ben Mee was flagged offside when he nodded Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal for Hendrick to finish.

A VAR review allowed a marginal call from the referee's assistant to stand and the visitors again had no help from the video official when Chelsea went ahead.

Although Matthew Lowton pulled his boot out of a challenge on Willian, who appeared to be anticipating contact, he still clattered into the Brazil winger and Jorginho coolly dispatched from 12 yards.

McNeil's set pieces were causing Chelsea problems, with Kepa Arrizabalaga turning a low attempt to his near post behind before Mee's header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Ross Barkley.

Mee's positioning might have inconvenienced Nick Pope when the Burnley goalkeeper waved Abraham's header into his net.

Pope partially atoned for that bizarre lapse with a sharp stop from Reece James, who crossed impeccably for Abraham's goal.

Lax Burnley defending allowed Hudson-Odoi to slide in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross four minutes after the restart, with a VAR check concluding Abraham did not get a flick on that would have seen the goal ruled out for offside.

Abraham misjudged to head over at the near post, having been denied by a reflex stop from Pope, who kept out a Willian piledriver and first-time Mason Mount strike inside the final 15 minutes.

What does it mean? Chelsea keep their grip on fourth

On a day when Manchester United were similarly convincing winners over Norwich City, Lampard's men were able to keep the gap between themselves and the Red Devils in fifth at five points. Chelsea are now unbeaten in three league matches after an uneven run and will hope to relocate their early season consistency.

Dwight a delight for cumbersome Clarets

No doubt Sean Dyche's complaints about VAR, diving and other injustices, imagined or otherwise, will dominate the post-match conversation as far as Burnley are concerned. That is a tedious shame because in England Under-21 winger McNeil they have a wonderful talent on their hands. His left-footed deliveries were devilish throughout, while his probing and powerful running kept Chelsea honest long after the result was a formality.

Lowton and Pope undermine Dyche's best-laid plans

Burnley's gameplan on these occasions is built upon organisation, discipline and not having too much of the ball. While that leaves them feeling the effects of tight calls more than most, it also means they cannot afford errors of the sort Lowton and Pope coughed up to skew what had been an even contest.

What's next

Chelsea travel to Newcastle United next Saturday, with Burnley hosting high-flying Leicester City a day later as they seek to avoid a fifth consecutive top-flight loss.

Manchester United bounced back from defeat to Manchester City in emphatic fashion, as Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata inspired a comfortable 4-0 win over rock-bottom Norwich City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were woefully inept in the 3-1 EFL Cup semi-final first-leg loss at Etihad Stadium, but on Saturday they found their groove, playing some eye-catching football en route to a straightforward win.

Norwich, who were without injured talismanic forward Teemu Pukki, rarely troubled United in a first half dominated by the home side, who went into the interval 1-0 up after Mata teed up Rashford.

Rashford got his second from the penalty spot early in the second period, before Mata – starting only a third Premier League game since the start of October – set up Anthony Martial to extend the lead and Mason Greenwood finished Norwich off, as United held on to fifth place to stay five points adrift of Chelsea.

Despite establishing control almost immediately, United struggled to create clear chances during the early exchanges.

But Juan Mata carved the Canaries open in the 27th minute, cutting in off the right flank and playing a lofted pass towards the back post for Rashford to turn in.

Norwich highlighted the precariousness off United's slender lead just before the break, when David de Gea just about reached Todd Cantwell's curling effort.

Tim Krul was less impressive at the other end just after the break, however, rushing out and sending Brandon Williams tumbling in the box, allowing Rashford to sweep home the resulting penalty.

Martial got in on the act two minutes later, heading in Mata's right-wing cross after Norwich switched off at a corner.

Williams should have increased the lead when he blazed over from a couple of yards out, but there was to be another moment for United to savour, as Greenwood – Rashford's replacement – drilled into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards to wrap up the win in 76th minute.

What does it mean? Solskjaer can rest easy… For now

After the loss to Pep Guardiola's men, and the manner of the defeat, the pressure on Solskjaer was ramped up once again, as it was a third successive match across all competitions without a win.

There is no denying United were massively improved on Saturday, with the midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira and Fred using the ball much quicker than perhaps they have been known to, but with a trip to Anfield on the horizon, Solskjaer cannot assume he is completely safe.

Mata makes it happen

Given United's problems breaking many teams down this season, it is surprising Mata has only been afforded six Premier League starts. Against Norwich, he made two key passes and both lead to goals, making a decisive impact.

A day to forget for Krul

While there was not a great deal Krul could have done for most of the goals, his decision to rush out and foul Williams for the penalty was unnecessary and left Norwich with a mountain to climb.

What's next?

United return to FA Cup action on Wednesday, as they host Wolves in their third-round replay, before going to league leaders Liverpool four days later. Norwich host Bournemouth next Saturday.

Mikel Arteta concedes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's challenge on Max Meyer in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace "looked nasty" but says there was no intention to cause injury.

The Gabon international received his marching orders in the 67th minute after a VAR review upgraded his initial yellow card to a straight red following his ugly lunge on the Palace midfielder.

Aubameyang had earlier given the Gunners a 12th-minute lead with his 14th Premier League goal of the campaign before Jordan Ayew ensured a share of the spoils with a deflected effort nine minutes into the second half.

Meyer was substituted immediately after the incident, but Arteta insists his player did not intend to injure the German.

"I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair," he told a media conference. "Knowing Auba, there's no intention to make such a tackle.

"Hopefully he hasn't been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it."

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Arsenal came close to snatching all three points in the closing stages when Nicolas Pepe fired against the post.

While Arteta was happy with how his side responded to going down to 10 men, he expressed his frustration that Palace were allowed to find their way back into the game.

"I was pleased with how we started the game, with the way we dominated the first half," he added.

"But obviously after the break we knew they were going to push; they had more bodies forward and they put us under pressure more.

"We started to give bad free-kicks away and that's something that we have to avoid. Then we switched off for the goal. We completely switched off and allowed them to put the cross in. We turned and conceded the deflection, and I was very disappointed with that.

"After that, I must say that we reacted really well again after conceding the goal. After Auba's red card, we reacted even better in my opinion."

Palace manager Roy Hodgson agreed with Arteta's assessment that there was no malice in Aubameyang's challenge, but he did question why it took the officials so long to reach their decision.

"I knew it was a bad challenge," he said. "I'm not accusing Aubameyang of trying to injure him but when I saw it, it's no doubt that it's a red card. I was surprised it took so long to make the decision.

“He [Meyer] was upbeat after the game but we will have to wait until Monday to see if he can play in the next game."

Sokratis Papastathopoulos feels Arsenal have been "unlucky" with VAR decisions this season following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's red card in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Gunners striker Aubameyang netted for the 14th time in the Premier League this season before being sent off in the second half, after Palace had equalised through a deflected effort from Jordan Ayew.

Referee Paul Tienery initially cautioned Aubameyang for his challenge on Max Meyer but, following a VAR review of over two minutes, the decision was changed to a dismissal as the Gabon international sunk his studs into the German midfielder’s ankle.

In the reverse fixture, Sokratis had a would-be winner overturned for a foul in the build-up, while Arsenal were also denied a penalty in the 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in October.

"VAR is there to help the referees," Sokratis told BT Sport after the London derby clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

"I didn't see the action but we are disappointed this year because we are a little bit unlucky from the VAR, we lost many points.

"It's not against VAR or the referee, just we are unlucky."

Aubameyang's tackle on Meyer was in front of the two benches, with Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta adamant there was no malice from Arsenal's top scorer, who will now miss three top-flight matches.

"It went really quick. I saw that he caught the player," Arteta told BBC Sport.

"Obviously knowing Auba there is no such intention to make such a foul or injure the player but VAR made a decision and we have to accept it."

Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left in no doubt over the eventual outcome.

"It was close to me and I knew it was a bad challenge, there's no question about that," Hodgson said.

"I couldn't really totally judge the severity of it until I came in afterwards and they showed me on the video.

"When you see it on the video, the only thing that is surprising is that it took so long to decide it was a red card. It was one of the most obvious ones you could ever wish to see.

"I don't think Aubameyang went in with the intention of committing that foul. I think it was his enthusiasm, trying to be aggressive, but unfortunately he committed a very, very bad challenge and deserved to be sent off."

Mikel Arteta must prepare for life without the man who has scored 48.2 per cent of Arsenal's Premier League goals following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's red card on Saturday.

The Gabon international, who netted for the 14th time on Saturday, will miss the Gunners' next three top-flight fixtures having been dismissed following a VAR review for a late challenge on Crystal Palace midfielder Max Meyer.

Only Southampton's Danny Ings has been more pivotal to his team in 2019-20, but how reliant are the rest of the Premier League clubs on their top scorer?

We crunched the numbers after Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Palace to find out.

All stats are prior to the 1500 kick-offs on Saturday:

 

Southampton:  Danny Ings – 13 of 25 goals (52 per cent)

Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 14 of 29 goals (48.2 per cent)

Norwich: Teemu Pukki – 9 of 22 goals  (40.9 per cent)

Manchester United: Marcus Rashford – 12 of 32 goals (37.5 per cent)

Leicester: Jamie Vardy – 17 of 46 goals (36.9 per cent)

Chelsea: Tammy Abraham – 12 of 36 goals (33.3 per cent) ; Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 8 of 24 goals  (33.3 per cent) ; Burnley: Chris Wood – 8 of 24 goals (33.3 per cent)

Tottenham: Harry Kane – 11 of 36 goals (30.5 per cent)

Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew : 6 of 20 goals (30 per cent) ; Bournemouth:  Harry Wilson – 6 of 20 goals (30 per cent)

Brighton and Hove Albion: Neal Maupay – 7 of 25 goals (28 per cent)

Wolves: Raul Jimenez – 8 of 30 goals (26.6 per cent)

Newcastle United: Jonjo Shelvey – 5 of 20 goals (25 per cent)

West Ham: Sebastien Haller – 6 of 25 goals (24 per cent)

Watford: Gerard Deulofeu – 4 of 17 goals  (23. 5 per cent)

Liverpool: Sadio Mane - 11 of 49 goals (22.4 per cent)

Aston Villa: Jack Grealish – 6 of 27 goals (22.2 per cent)

Sheffield United: Lys Mousset – 5 of 24 goals (20.8 per cent)

Manchester City: Raheem Sterling – 11 of 56 goals (19.6 per cent)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and was sent off as Arsenal played out a 1-1 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Gabon international put Mikel Arteta's side ahead with a typically clinical finish early on before Jordan Ayew secured a point for Roy Hodgson's men nine minutes after the interval.

Palace might feel they should have gone on to seal all three points after a VAR review deemed Aubameyang's challenge on Max Meyer in the 67th minute worthy of a straight red card.

The result leaves Arsenal in 10th position, one point behind the Eagles and eight adrift of fourth-place Chelsea.

Arsenal started with a spring in their step and opened the scoring in the 12th minute, courtesy of a fine team goal.

Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette combined to find Aubameyang on the edge of the penalty area, with the former Borussia Dortmund man taking a touch away from Martin Kelly before clinically slotting into Vicente Guaita's bottom-left corner.

That lead rarely looked in danger throughout the first half, although Bernd Leno had to be alert to keep out Cheikhou Kouyate's deflected effort shortly before the interval.

The hosts started the second period with renewed verve and pulled level in the 54th minute when Ayew's effort took a wicked deflection off David Luiz and looped over Leno.

Luiz then flashed a header narrowly over the crossbar before Aubameyang received his marching orders.

Referee Paul Tierney deemed the forward's ugly lunge on Meyer worth only a yellow card, but a lengthy VAR review saw the offence upgraded to a straight red.

Both sides came agonisingly close to snatching a win in the closing stages.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos cleared James Tomkins' header off the line, while at the other end Guaita superbly tipped Nicolas Pepe's low drive onto the post before smothering Lacazette's follow-up.


What does it mean? No quick fixes for Arteta

Arsenal looked destined for a third consecutive win across all competitions after Aubameyang's early opener. They failed to take advantage of their first-half dominance, though, and allowed Palace back into the game with some sloppy defending.

Arteta has certainly overseen an improvement during his short spell in charge but the second-half display at Selhurst Park proves he has a long way to go to return them to the upper echelons of English football.


Guaita's heroics preserve a point

The Eagles goalkeeper was a spectator for much of the game but made his mark with a stunning double stop late on. He got the faintest of touches to divert Pepe's low strike onto the upright and showed superb reactions to deny Lacazette from close range.


Aubameyang blots his copybook

Aubameyang went from hero to zero for Arteta's side. He scored his 14th Premier League goal of the campaign with a fine finish before receiving a deserved red card for what was an horrendous challenge.


What's next?

Palace face a daunting trip to Manchester City next Saturday, while the Gunners host Chris Wilder's impressive Sheffield United on the same day.

Harry Maguire was thought to be set for a prolonged absence with a hip injury, but the Manchester United defender started as captain for the visit of Norwich City on Saturday.

Maguire suffered the blow during United's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Wolves last weekend and missed their 3-1 loss to Manchester City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Although reports suggested a possible lengthy lay-off for Maguire, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested on Friday that the England international could be involved against the Canaries.

And that proved to be the case as he returned to a back four that again featured Brandon Williams, once more picked ahead of Luke Shaw.

Juan Mata was handed just his sixth Premier League start of the season and his first since a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on December 1. 

United went into the game sixth in the table, five points adrift of the top four.

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