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Arsenal Stays 5th After 3-0 Defeat To Crystal Palace

Arsenal Stays 5th After 3-0 Defeat To Crystal Palace

Arsenal’s top-four hopes took a significant 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 game in hand on their north London rivals but this was an out-of-character performance from Mikel Arteta’s side, as first-half goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew and a second-half Wilfried Zaha penalty handed fantastic Palace just their second win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park since 1980.

Crystal Palace have now lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions as former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira continues to do a fine job.

Arteta was asked post-match if perhaps one of the reasons for the defeat was the pressure being applied to them by Tottenham in the top-four race.

He replied: “No, the pressure has been there the last seven or eight weeks. Today we didn’t perform it’s as simple as that. We were second best in every department it’s as simple as that. We have a game in hand still. In the nine games a lot will happen. We have to focus on ourselves.”

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