On his return to Arsenal, Patrick Vieira was seconds away from securing a fairytale result.
Despite falling down inside the first ten minutes at the Emirates Stadium, Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard scored in the second half to put Crystal Palace on the verge of completing a north London double.
The Eagles’ only Premier League victory this season came at Selhurst Park following the previous international break, when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0.
Vieira would have been enjoying all three points against the team he used to captain if it hadn’t been for Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp equaliser.
Lacazette, who came on as a second-half substitute, was the first to react after Benjamin White’s effort was cleared off the line, slamming the rebound home from close range.
It was the Frenchman’s third goal of the season for Arsenal in all competitions and his first in the Premier League, and you could tell how important the strike was to him.
Lacazette’s knee slide celebration before racing into the crowd gave the impression he had scored a last-minute winner rather than an equalizer.
However, while one Frenchman was happy, another was disappointed.
From the sidelines, Sky Sports filmed the exact moment Vieira saw his compatriot score the goal that deprived his team a well-deserved victory.
And, as one could anticipate, the Palace manager knelt at the sight of three points being taken away from him right at the finish.
Arsenal will remain in the bottom half of the table as a result of this defeat, having missed out on a chance to move up to ninth place.
As a result, they will miss out on the final Champions League slot on Friday night, as even a win at Aston Villa will not be enough to overtake Brighton and Hove Albion.
Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, will demand a significant improvement from his team, as they have already drawn back-to-back league games after appearing to have turned a corner after such a poor start to the season.