Crystal Palace whip Arsenal

Apr 11, 2017, 00:21

Palace, winners of four of their previous five league games, started in confident fashion and opened the scoring when former Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend swept the ball home at the end of a smart passing move after 17 minutes.

Luka Milivojevic's penalty rubbed salt into Wenger's wounds as he digested Arsenal's fifth defeat in their last eight league games.

GETTYCan Arsenal triumph at Crystal Palace tonight?

Arsenal are in serious danger of missing out on a Champions League spot this season for the first team under Wenger. Arsenal need to shorten the gap with Man City to reach the top four by the end of the season, but face a tough Palace tonight, which is never an easy tie.

It is increasingly hard to see how Wenger, who has yet to sign a new contract, can prolong his reign as his team falls apart around him.

Under-pressure Wenger could then only sit and watch as Palace took the lead after 16 minutes.

Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has retained his place in goal, with experienced options Petr Cech and David Ospina both sidelined.

It might have been different if Mamadou Sakho had been punished with a penalty after appearing to block a Sanchez shot with his hand.

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

It made no difference and seconds after the switch Cabaye plunged Arsenal deeper into the abyss.

If Slaven Bilic's side were going to trouble an often misfiring and nervous Arsenal side it was going to be in the air but they failed to do so; Martinez has already said he believes the game against the Eagles will pose similar threats given the arial power they possess in the shape of strikers such as Christian Benteke.

A third soon followed after Martinez dived in on Townsend to concede a penalty, with the England global perhaps making the most of it, allowing Milivojevic to calmly tuck into the bottom corner.

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