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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

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


Zaha and Townsend were both involved in Palace's second goal too, with the former picking out Yohan Cabaye for a brilliant finish, and Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty for his first Premier League goal to complete an impressive victory over a limp Arsenal side.

The hosts will be looking for another strong performance to ease their relegation fears, as the Eagles now lie just three points clear of safety.

Nonetheless, the score remained 3-0 at the full-time whistle, as Wenger's men remain seven points behind fourth place Manchester City.

Palace opened the scoring with their first shot on target, Andros Townsend turning in a low cross from his fellow winger Wilfried Zaha after Arsenal failed to deal with a long ball.

Wearing the anguished expression that has come to define a dismal season, Wenger was a picture of frustration and his mood was hardly improved when Alexis Sanchez shot tamely at Hennessey after advancing into a risky position.

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

When Hector Bellerin miscued wide at the far post, Wenger had seen enough and sent on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey after an hour.

Milivojevic made no mistake with the spot-kick as the Serbia worldwide tucked away his first goal since joining Palace in January.

Arsenal are also without a couple key figures including Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez, but nothing that Wenger won't be able to overcome with so many talented players on his roster.

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

Crystal Palace enters the contest off a 3-1 defeat to Southampton that ended a four-game Premier League winning streak.

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