Crystal Palace continues their fine run of form to move into the top half of the Premier League courtesy of a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park.
Nevertheless, Jean-Philippe Mateta put the home side ahead with a close-range header before Jordan Ayew extended their advantage with a clinical finish on his left foot.
Wilfried Zaha put the game beyond doubt with 16 minutes to play after winning and then converting a penalty to secure the three points for Patrick Vieira’s men and inflicting a damaging defeat on the Gunners, and their hopes top-four finish.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Nathaniel Clyne, Jacob Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell;
Conor Gallagher, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp;
Jordan Ayew, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Jack Butland, Joel Ward, Luka Milivojevic, James Tomkins, Eberechi Eze, Will Hughes, James McArthur, Christian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale;
Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Tavares;
Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe;
ARSENAL SUBS: Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Albert Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Mazeed Ogungbo, Zak Swanson, Marcelo Flores.
1-0 PALACE!!!!! The Eagles take the lead as Mateta nods a close-range effort into the net. Gallagher delivers a free-kick deep to the back post that Andersen guides back into the middle. Mateta capitalises and dispatches his header away from Ramsdale to put his side ahead.
AYEW PRODUCES A CLINICAL FINISH!!!!! 2-0 PALACE!!!!!!! The home side doubles their lead courtesy of a fine strike from Ayew. Consequently, Andersen notches his second game assist with a defence-splitting through ball that dissects Gabriel and Tavares. Ayew takes the ball in stride before placing a left-footed effort into the bottom-left corner.
ZAHA CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!!!!! 3-0 PALACE!!!!! The home side wraps up the three points as Zaha dispatches a right-footed strike into the right corner. The winger sends Ramsdale the wrong way, placing his effort into the back of the net with ease.
So, what’s next?
Palace is next in Premier League action against Leicester City on the road on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal takes on Brighton and Hove Albion in their next outing on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
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