Crystal Palace beat Arsenal at Selhurst Park, leaving the visitors hopes of finishing inside the top four very slim.
The Eagles earned a well-deserved 3-0 win over a lacklustre Gunners side, thanks to goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic.
Crystal Palace, who are officially sponsored by the Mansion Group; owner of successful casino brands like Casino.com, were picking up their fifth win in six Premier League outings, but still came into the match as underdogs.
Arsenal have been out of sorts in recent months, but have such quality in the side that you know they will bounce back to form, it just didn’t happen for us against our London rivals.
Palace went a goal ahead inside 20 minutes when Andros Townsend put away Wilfried Zaha’s lucky through ball, to leave us trailing, and unfortunately our team didn’t react to that.
Our best chance of the first-half fell to Mohamed Elneny, who forced a save from the in-form Wayne Hennessey with a nicely placed shot from outside the box. Unfortunately that was one of very few chances created before the interval.
The second-half wasn’t much better for us either, and shortly after Arsene Wenger tried to make some changes to give us a chance, we conceded a second. Yohan Cabaye scored with a sweet curled shot over the defender and keeper from just inside the area, leaving Emiliano Martinez no chance of saving.
Nothing went our way in the match, not that we appeared to deserve anything, and Milivojevic put the game away with Palace’s third goal of the game from the penalty spot.
The home team can now be ever-confident of securing their Premier League status beyond the summer, but will still be keen on keeping their run of results going in order to cement their place, as well as build up form before the new campaign.
Arsenal still have much to do, with the FA Cup still to play for, as well as the crucial race for the top four, which they must now rely on rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City to drop points.
Can Arsenal still claw their way back into the top four? Am I being too harsh on Arsenal’s performance?