Match Reports: Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal

by Steven Clarke April 11, 2017, 0:22

Cabaye was a surprise inclusion in the Palace side having been forced off with a calf injury last week and the France worldwide blazed an early chance over having been played in by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Wenger's men started well and could have scored in the ninth minute but Mohamed Elneny saw his shot tipped wide by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Arsenal fell behind in the 17th minute when Andros Townsend fired home as the home side went in ahead at the break.

Wearing the anguished expression that has come to define a dismal season, Wenger was a picture of frustration and his mood was hardly improved when Alexis Sanchez shot tamely at Hennessey after advancing into a unsafe position.

The Arsenal keeper then brought down Townsend in the box and Milivojevic beat him with a sweetly-taken penalty to nudge Palace closer to Premier League safety.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been forced to select Martinez in goal.

Wenger had never before lost a Premier League game against Palace but the hosts had the ball in the net again five minutes after the interval, although a raised flag disallowed Benteke's rebound finish.

Milivojevic made no mistake with the spot-kick as the Serbia worldwide tucked away his first goal since joining Palace in January.

The victory takes Allardyce's side six points clear of the relegation zone with just seven games left but the defeat, and the manner in which it was inflicted, could have a lasting impact on Wenger and a number of his players.

With all this in mind it appears that even more focus than usual will be on the creative, attacking and scoring side of ArsenalĀ“s game, with the Eagles likely to sit back and soak up the pressure while hoping for a breakaway goal.

bet365 Sports has the Gunners posted as the favorites at 1.83, but it looks like the odds for Crystal Palace at 4.50, or a draw at 3.90 could be the best bet.

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