2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Mesut Özil (47')
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (77')
  • Christian Benteke (17')
  • Wilfried Zaha (61')
  • James McArthur (69')

Crystal Palace hand Arsenal untimely loss in race for top four

Arsenal hit a snag in top-4 race with loss to Palace (1:52)

Arsenal stumbled and missed the opportunity to go third in the Premier League following a 3-2 defeat at home against Crystal Palace. (1:52)

Crystal Palace took their chances well in a 3-2 win against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday that left the hosts in fourth place and clinging to a Champions League spot.

Christian Benteke had the visitors ahead just after the 15-minute mark when he was left all alone in the middle of the box from a set piece and powered a header past a helpless Bernd Leno.

However, Arsenal drew level early in the second half as Mesut Ozil buried a near-post shot after some nice build-up play to even the score at 1-1.

Palace retook the lead 15 minutes later thanks to some poor defending by Arsenal, with Wilfried Zaha rounding Shkodran Mustafi to fire home with his first touch.

James McArthur added a third for Palace and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for Arsenal, but it was too little too late for the hosts who were handed an untimely loss in their quest for the Champions League places after top-four rivals Manchester United were thrashed by Everton earlier in the day.

The result ensured Palace's Premier League status for another season as they moved to 12th spot in the standings with 42 points.

"It's nice to get over the 40-point marker and to have safety mathematically confirmed," Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.

"Our defensive shape was fantastic. We remained compact and narrow. We made it difficult to find spaces behind us. I then thought on the counter-attack we were remarkably dangerous."

Hodgson was particularly impressed by Benteke's return to the scoresheet after 19 league games and now expects the Belgian striker to finish the season with a flourish.

"Christian Benteke must be very confident after today's performance," the manager added.

"It wasn't the fact he scored and set one up, he worked tirelessly and did a job offensively and defensively. He and Wilfried Zaha will feel they really did a job for the team.

"For Christian who's had a rough time with injuries and not scoring the amount of goals he wants maybe with the final few games he will score a few more."

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 16 +26 46
2 Leicester City 16 +29 38
3 Manchester City 16 +25 32
4 Chelsea 16 +7 29
5 Manchester United 16 +6 24
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 +4 24
7 Tottenham Hotspur 16 +7 23
8 Sheffield United 16 +3 22
9 Arsenal 16 0 22
10 Crystal Palace 16 -4 22
11 Newcastle United 16 -6 22
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -4 19
13 Burnley 16 -8 18
14 Everton 16 -9 17
15 AFC Bournemouth 16 -6 16
16 West Ham United 16 -10 16
17 Aston Villa 16 -5 15
18 Southampton 16 -17 15
19 Norwich City 16 -17 11
20 Watford 16 -21 9