The Gunners enjoyed a strong start to the contest and took a deserved lead when Alexandre Lacazette released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the box and the forward slotted his effort into the back of the net.
Other than that, the Gunners were quiet in the final third, despite their control of possession. Palace were far too passive in the opening 30 minutes, but did come into the game.
Cheikhou Kouyate had their only attempt at goal, but he saw his strike saved by Bernd Leno. It was a half of few chances to say the least.
But the home side were back in the game 54 minutes on as Ayew’s strike from the right inside channel takes a huge deflection off David Luiz and loops over Leno into the back of the net.
The Gunners were caught out with a free-kick as Kelly released Meyer in space down the right flank. He drills a low cross into the middle that Kouyate lays into the path of Ayew. He strikes with power and his effort diverts off the Arsenal defender to notch the equaliser.
69 minutes on the clock, Aubameyang bacame the third Arsenal player to score and be sent off in the same Premier League match after his hard tackle on Meyer.
He sticked out a leg and caught Meyer on the ankle with his studs. He received a yellow card initially from the referee, but VAR overturns the decision and turns it into a red card.
Though they were playing with reduced numbers, but the Gunners could have regained the lead when Nicolas Pepe’s strike hit the post, while Lacazette was unable to convert the rebound.
Both sides earn a share of the spoils, which is probably the fair result.