Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal . Arsenal's Champions League hopes took a major blow as they fell to defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday.

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Andros Townsend smashed in from close range, Yohan Cabaye whipped a right-footed shot over Emiliano Martinez before Luka Milivojevic's penalty settled the affair with Arsenal majorly lacking going forward.

Yohan Cabaye screwed an effort over as Palace started brightly before Luka Milivojevic curled wide. Mohamed Elneny soon registered Arsenal's first shot on target, forcing Wayne Hennessey into a smart save.

Arsenal's top four rivals all won at the weekend but their hopes of leaving Selhurst Park with three points took a huge blow as Palace surged into the lead. Smart build-up play involving Cabaye saw Wilfried Zaha played in down the right and the Ivory Coast international picked out former Tottenham man Townsend, who made no mistake in firing high past Emiliano Martinez.

The Gunners looked to respond quickly but Alexis Sanchez's drilled shot was simple enough for Hennessey. The Chile international was once again at the heart of Arsenal's attack moments later, seeing a cross-shot drift wide with Danny Welbeck looming.

Palace came close to doubling their lead twice in a matter of minutes with Martinez saving from Christian Benteke's fierce drive while a combination of Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi headers were required to clear the resulting corner.

Arsenal soon pressed for an equaliser, with Welbeck's half-volley fizzing wide before Gabriel's header from a corner was held by Hennessey in the last action of the first-half.

Despite the Gunners needing a win to keep their Champions League hopes for next season alive it was Palace who started the second period brighter, with Benteke first seeing a shot deflect wide from close range before he rightly had a goal ruled out for offside.

Despite large amounts of Arsenal pressure Palace soon doubled their lead, with Zaha again turning provider and crossing similarly for Cabaye, with the midfielder sweeping an effort beautifully over Martinez to put Palace firmly in control.

Any hopes of an Arsenal comeback were obliterated as Palace grabbed their third of the evening. Townsend tapped the ball past Martinez and went to ground, winning a penalty which Milivojevic confidently converted to hand Arsene Wenger a fifth Premier League defeat in eight games.

​Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend, Benteke

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck

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