Mikel Arteta led side, Arsenal, on Thursday night, saw their winning run halted by a stubborn Crystal Palace side, as they played out a goalless draw to share a point each. But the biggest save on the night was the save from the Arsenal goalkeeper, Leno, keeping out Benteke’s effort on goal.
A win for Arsenal against Crystal Palace would have seen them levelled on the same points with Chelsea, who are on 26 points. But Arsenal with the goalless draw at the Emirate Stadium on Thursday night, are now on 24 points with the risk of going down further, depending on what happens in the other games yet to be played. The result also means that Arsenal had failed to beat Palace in their last five Premier League meetings.
The Gunners came into the game off the back of four straight wins in all competitions but were unable to find their way past the well-drilled and disciplined visitors.
For a side in such good form, Arsenal were a disappointment going forward, their best effort at goal a shot on the turn from Alexandre Lacazette into the side-netting.
Their only other clear-cut chance was an angled shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that Vicente Guaita palmed away.
There was more goalmouth action at the other end, with James Tomkins heading an Eberechi Eze free-kick against the bar and Christian Benteke drawing a fine save from Bernd Leno with a nodded effort of his own.