Crystal Palace battered Arsenal 3-Zero on Monday to edge away from the Premier League’s relegation zone and pile much more strain on beleaguered Arsene Wenger.
Sam Allardyce had misplaced 15 occasions to Wenger within the league beforehand however the hosts’ resurgence underneath the previous England supervisor continued with their fifth win in six video games – which now consists of the scalp of Arsenal having additionally crushed league leaders Chelsea.
Palace opened the scoring with their first shot on the right track, Andros Townsend handing over a low cross from his fellow winger Wilfried Zaha after Arsenal did not cope with an extended ball.
Zaha and Townsend have been each concerned in Palace’s second objective too, with the previous selecting out Yohan Cabaye for a superb end, and Luka Milivojevic transformed a penalty for his first Premier League objective to finish a formidable victory over a limp Arsenal facet.
Wenger’s males have now misplaced 4 successive away Premier League video games, conceding three objectives in every, and their probabilities of qualifying for the Champions League – as they’ve each season underneath the Frenchman – are fading quick, with a seven-point hole to make up on fourth-placed Manchester Metropolis.
Palace’s crushing win will increase their cushion from the underside three to 6 factors, though they keep 16th, whereas Allardyce’s males have a sport in hand on the 2 sides instantly beneath them within the desk, Hull Metropolis and Swansea Metropolis.
Milivojevic shot narrowly extensive after six minutes as an unchanged Palace facet made a vivid begin, earlier than Wayne Hennessey turned a agency Mohamed Elneny drive round his right-hand submit.
Below-pressure Wenger may then solely sit and watch as Palace took the lead after 16 minutes.
Christian Benteke received an extended Hennessey kick and Townsend and Cabaye mixed to seek out Zaha on the correct.
Regardless of the winger slipping as he delivered a low cross, Townsend arrived late to elevate a clipped first-time end previous Emiliano Martinez on his 250th membership soccer look.
Alexis Sanchez examined Hennessey and the Chilean bent one other effort extensive of the far submit as Arsenal sought a direct response.
However Palace continued to threaten and Benteke pressured a pointy near-post save from Martinez after 41 minutes, with the ensuing nook flicking narrowly extensive through an Arsenal defender.
Danny Welbeck virtually equalised for the guests shortly earlier than half-time when fed by Mesut Ozil however the striker’s shot throughout objective went extensive, then Hennessey simply claimed Gabriel’s header.
Wenger had by no means earlier than misplaced a Premier League sport in opposition to Palace however the hosts had the ball within the internet once more 5 minutes after the interval, though a raised flag disallowed Benteke’s rebound end.
Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey have been launched in a double swap from Wenger after 58 minutes however Palace quickly added a second objective to take full management.
Townsend fed Zaha and, though the winger was once more off-balance as he pulled the ball again, Cabaye’s highly effective dipping strike gave Martinez no probability.
485 – Yohan Cabaye has scored his first Premier League objective at Selhurst Park for 485 days (final one v Southampton in Dec 2015).
The Arsenal keeper then introduced down Townsend within the field and Milivojevic beat him with a sweetly-taken penalty to nudge Palace nearer to Premier League security.
For Wenger the strain continues to develop with one other abysmal show doing nothing to maintain the indignant Gunners followers from pushing him nearer to the Emirates’ exit door.
Key Opta Information:
– Arsene Wenger has suffered 4 consecutive away Premier League defeats for the primary time as Arsenal supervisor.
– That is Arsenal’s worst away Premier League run since April 1995 (additionally 4 defeats in a row) once they have been managed by Stewart Houston.
– Arsenal conceded three objectives in 4 consecutive away league video games for the primary time since September 1929.
– Wilfried Zaha has had a hand in 5 objectives in his final 5 Premier League video games (two objectives, three assists).
– Within the final eight Premier League video games, solely Sunderland (6) have misplaced extra video games than Arsenal (5).
– Sam Allardyce received three consecutive dwelling Premier League video games for the primary time since he was West Ham boss in December 2014.