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Arsenal's top-four hopes suffer major blow with 3-0 Palace loss

  • Published at 10:14 pm April 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:27 am April 11th, 2017
Arsenal's top-four hopes suffer major blow with 3-0 Palace loss
Victory had been imperative for an Arsenal side that had won only two league games since January but the abject display with Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic all scoring for Palace only heaped more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger. Sixth-placed Arsenal, who have finished in the top four in 20 consecutive seasons under Wenger, now have 54 points from 30 games -- seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have played a game more. "It's damaging of course," a seemingly dispirited Wenger told Sky Sports when asked about how serious the blow was to their chances of Champions League football next season. "That's the most difficult thing for us tonight." Rejuvenated Palace, winners of four of their previous five league games under Sam Allardyce, started confidently and opened the scoring when former Tottenham winger Townsend swept the ball home at the end of a smart passing move after 17 minutes. [caption id="attachment_57526" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Britain Football Soccer - Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League - Selhurst Park - 10/4/17 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey look dejected  Reuters / Stefan Wermuth Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey look dejected Reuters [/caption] Palace striker Christian Benteke then had a goal ruled out for offside before Cabaye's superb curled effort and Milivojevic's penalty in five second-half minutes completed a miserable night for Wenger at a raucous Selhurst Park. Palace stay 16th but now have 34 points from 31 matches, six more than Swansea City, who occupy the final relegation place in 18th and have played a game more. "All we can do is apologise for that performance," Arsenal's Theo Walcott said after Arsenal fans had sung 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' at their players. "It was a great three points and a well needed-three points," Townsend said. "Sam Allardyce has been incredible. He looks to have worked his magic again."   RESULTS: Monday, April 10 Crystal Palace 3 Andros Townsend 17, Yohan Cabaye 63, Luka Milivojevic 68pen  Arsenal 0 Sunday, April 9 Everton 4 Tom Davies 1, Romelu Lukaku 23,57, Phil Jagielka 41  Leicester City 2 Islam Slimani 4, Marc Albrighton 10 Sunderland 0  Manchester United 3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 30, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 46, Marcus Rashford 89 Saturday, April 8 Bournemouth 1 Joshua King 42  Chelsea 3 Adam Smith 17og, Eden Hazard 20, Marcos Alonso 68 Stoke City 1 Jonathan Walters 44  Liverpool 2 Philippe Coutinho 70, Roberto Firmino 72 Middlesbrough 0  Burnley 0 Manchester City 3 Ahmed Al-Muhamadi 31og, Sergio Aguero 48, Fabian Delph 64  Hull City 1 Andrea Ranocchia 85 West Ham United 1 Cheikhou Kouyate 44  Swansea City 0 West Bromwich Albion 0  Southampton 1 Jordy Clasie 25 Tottenham Hotspur 4 Dele Alli 33, Eric Dier 39, Son Heung-Min 44,55  Watford 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 31 24 3 4 65 25 75 2 Tottenham Hotspur 31 20 8 3 64 22 68 3 Liverpool 32 18 9 5 68 40 63 4 Manchester City 31 18 7 6 60 35 61 5 Manchester United 30 15 12 3 46 24 57 6 Arsenal 30 16 6 8 61 39 54 7 Everton 32 15 9 8 57 36 54 8 West Bromwich Albion 32 12 8 12 39 41 44 9 Southampton 30 11 7 12 37 37 40 10 Watford 31 10 7 14 36 52 37 11 Leicester City 31 10 6 15 39 51 36 12 Burnley 32 10 6 16 32 44 36 13 Stoke City 32 9 9 14 34 47 36 14 West Ham United 32 10 6 16 42 57 36 15 Bournemouth 32 9 8 15 45 59 35 16 Crystal Palace 31 10 4 17 42 50 34 17 Hull City 32 8 6 18 33 64 30 18 Swansea City 32 8 4 20 37 67 28 19 Middlesbrough 31 4 12 15 22 37 24 20 Sunderland 31 5 5 21 24 56 20
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