Africa’s players were at the centre of a pulsating Crystal Palace-Arsenal clash in the English Premier League on Saturday, as fans witnessed the best and the worst of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Jordan Ayew rescued a point for the hosts.

The Gunners have shown some improvement since Mikel Arteta took the reins at the Emirates Stadium, and it appeared, after 12 minutes, as though their fine run was set to continue.

Aubameyang is currently Arteta’s choice to captain the Londoners, and his finish on 12 minutes was the highlight of a glowing opening half-hour for Arsenal, the Gabon international snapping a shot past the impressive Vicente Guaita after being played in by Alexandre Lacazette following marvellous interplay from the Gunners.

However, their strong opening showing didn’t mask the brittleness of this Arsenal side, and they were pegged back 10 minutes into the second half, when Cheikhou Kouyate found Ayew, whose effort deflected off David Luiz and went beyond Bernd Leno.

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Serie A

With Kwadwo Asamoah and Kalidou Koulibaly absent, there was no African involvement at the summit of Serie A table last weekend, although Torino’s African players again performed with credit in their excellent showing in a 1-0 home victory over Bologna.

The Turin heavyweights have lost just once since Nov. 23, and an improving defensive record has underpinned their climb up the table.

Cameroon’s Nicolas Nkoulou has been imperious in the heart of the backline, starring in the 2-0 win at AS Roma earlier this month, and following up with a commanding display against Bologna.

His defensive partner Koffi Djidji ended the contest with six completed tackles, while Nigeria’s Ola Aina — on the left flank — ended the game with five completed interceptions.

Higher up the field, Franco-Ivorian midfielder Soualiho Meite produced his best performance of the season, dribbling past his opponent on seven occasions during a magnificent box-to-box display.