Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened. Arsenal crumbled away from home as Crystal Palace took a big step towards survival with goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye, and Luka Milivojevic.

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Palace are now six points clear of Swansea in 18th, and they still have a game in hand over the Welsh side. They are not quite out of the woods yet – as they have a tough end to the season with games against Leicester, Liverpool, Spurs, Burnley, Manchester City, Hull City and Manchester United left – but maybe one more win, and they’ll be OK. On that form, they look a top half team, easy.

For Arsenal, that should all but confirm their first season outside the Champions League places in 21 seasons. But it is not just the defeat that is so damning here, it is the manner in which they folded. Sanchez and Ozil were as bad as I’ve seen them all season, and without Koscielny, they look so poor at the back, bereft of leadership. You can’t see Arsenal announcing a Wenger contract extension any time soon. They lost 3-0, and the biggest disappointment is that nobody is particularly shocked.

Arsenal trod off, each of their players’ eyes fixed firmly on the turf. The away fans sing “You’re not fit to wear the shirt.”

Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould look down at the end of the match.

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Article Source : theguardian.com