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C Palace 3 – 0 Arsenal

Arsenal’s top-four hopes took a big dent in a 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace that leaves Tottenham in fourth place after the Premier League weekend.

The Gunners do have a recreation in hand on their north London rivals however this was an out-of-character efficiency from Mikel Arteta’s aspect, as first-half targets from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew and a second-half Wilfried Zaha penalty handed improbable Palace simply their second win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park since 1980.

The rearranged postponed derby between Spurs and Arsenal, to be proven dwell on Sky Sports activities on Might 12, is shaping as much as be a potentially-decisive encounter within the race for Champions League qualification.

Crystal Palace have now misplaced simply considered one of their final 11 video games in all competitions as former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira continues to do a fantastic job.

Buoyed by three of their gamers – Conor Gallagher, Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi – profitable caps for England over the worldwide break, Palace have been aggressive from the primary whistle. That want to win the second balls pressured the opening purpose when Mateta headed dwelling from shut vary after Joachim Andersen pressured the ball throughout purpose with out figuring out an excessive amount of about it.

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Jean-Philippe Mateta heads within the early opener for Palace

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Jordan Ayew doubles Palace’s lead

Palace are but to be crushed when scoring the primary purpose within the Premier League and solely Wolves have taken fewer factors than Arsenal from shedding positions, so it was not overly shocking to see Palace double their lead earlier than the break. Ayew galloped onto a crisp go from Andersen that break up Gabriel and Nuno Tavares and slotted dwelling for simply his second purpose in his final 55 Premier League appearances.

Participant rankings

Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Clyne (7), Andersen (8), Guehi (7), Mitchell (7), Kouyate (7), Gallagher (8), Schlupp (7), Mateta (8), Zaha (8), Ayew (8)

Subs: McArthur (7), Milivojevic (7), Edouard (7)

Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Cedric (6), White (6), Gabriel (5), Tavares (4), Odegaard (6), Partey (5), Xhaka (5), Saka (6), Lacazette (5), Smith Rowe (6)

Subs: Martinelli (6), Nketiah (6), Lokonga (6)

Man of the match: Mateta

Arsenal haven’t come again from a two-goal deficit at half-time to win within the Premier League in 14 years and Arteta withdrew the ineffective Tavares, beginning rather than the injured Kieran Tierney, with Gabriel Martinelli referred to as from the bench for the second half.

It took Arsenal 67 minutes to create a significant likelihood towards a well-drilled Palace aspect as Martin Odegaard fired broad from simply 10 yards out, however any hope of a comeback was dashed when Odegaard fouled Zaha within the penalty space.

The winger dusted himself down and fired dwelling to seal the factors.

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Wilfried Zaha wins a penalty and smashes dwelling Palace’s third

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Eddie Nketiah’s long-range effort smashes the put up

Eddie Nketiah struck the bar with a gorgeous late effort nevertheless it was simply a kind of nights for Arteta’s torpid aspect that not many individuals may have seen coming.

What went mistaken for Arsenal?

Arteta’s crew got here into this recreation on the again of 5 immediately wins, scoring 14 targets alongside the best way. For the primary time in a few years, real hope has been seen among the many fanbase that this younger crew might take the membership again to the heights of yesteryear.

So, the place did this first-half efficiency come from? The one outfield change of personnel from their final victory at Aston Villa was at left-back the place Tavares changed the injured Tierney, who suffered a knee harm whereas on worldwide responsibility with Scotland after taking part in in each of their friendlies.

Arteta mentioned: “He got here again from worldwide responsibility and he felt one thing mistaken in his knee. We scanned it and there’s some injury there.

“He is seeing the specialist on Tuesday and hopefully we’ll know extra nevertheless it’s not wanting good.”

It’s harsh to say Tavares’ inclusion was the rationale behind the shortage of rhythm of the crew however the inexperienced full-back seemed miles off the tempo – as he did on his final look when he was substituted after simply 35 minutes within the FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest. It was his indecision, together with Gabriel, that brought on the house for Ayew to scamper via and double Palace’s lead.

“I feel Nuno Tavares has to return off,” mentioned Jamie Carragher on the break.

“He is at fault for the second purpose. However you have to admire Ayew’s purpose from Palace’s perspective.

“As a younger participant you are taught to suppose that the participant subsequent to you is a dummy or a poor participant. Tavares stops as a result of he thinks Gabriel goes to chop it out however Ayew retains working.”

Tavares’ efficiency was a stark reminder of the work nonetheless wanted to be achieved at Arsenal when it comes to strengthening their squad. The 22-year-old was certainly changed at half-time by Martinelli with Granit Xhaka transferring to the left-back spot. It actually helped with their efficiency within the second interval however not sufficient to even threaten a comeback.

Opta: Good evening on the Palace

  • Crystal Palace loved simply their second victory of their final 18 Premier League London derby matches (D8 L8), additionally beating Tottenham 3-0 in September this season.
  • Arsenal misplaced a Premier League London derby by a 3+ purpose margin for under the fifth time and the primary since a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2017 at Selhurst Park.
  • Ayew has scored 4 Premier League targets towards Arsenal, his joint-best tally towards an opponent within the competitors (additionally 4 v Watford and West Ham).
  • Anderson registered two assists in the identical recreation for the primary time ever with an enormous 5 European league crew in all competitions.
  • Solely Raheem Sterling (23) and Jamie Vardy (21) have received extra penalties in Premier League historical past than Zaha (18).

What’s subsequent?

Arsenal host Brighton within the Premier League on Saturday, April 9; kick-off 3pm.

Up subsequent for Crystal Palace is a visit to Leicester within the Premier League on Sunday, April 10; kick-off 2pm.

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