A humiliating three-nil defeat to Cyrstal Palace faded Arsenal’s top-four hopes as they were pushed to sixth place in the Premier League points table earlier today. Chelsea continued to advance, maintaining the seven-point gap over Tottenham Hotspur.
However, five teams are still in contingent for a place in the top four.
Andros Townsend gave Palace the lead in just the 17th minute of the first half. Arsenal tried to bounce back but failed to find the back of the net. In the second half, Cabaye doubled Palace’s score, forcing the gunners to put men forward. Milivojevic made it three-nil from the penalty box in the 68th minute of the game.
“We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances. Cabaye’s goal, what a finish – and that was down to us pressing them. It wasn’t a shock for me because we played Chelsea and won that game. The result might be a shock, but we did that again and did it better. We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well. Everything worked perfectly for us today,” said Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce.
Arsene Wenger’s frustrating days continued as fans were furious over his decision to stay in the club. If Arsenal fails to finish in the top four, Alexis Sanchez’s inclusion will also be in doubt for the next season.
“I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight. It’s very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game. Palace were sharp, they beat Chelsea the other day, and that shows they have quality,” said Wenger.
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