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Mikel Arteta apologizes for Arsenal's 'unacceptable' performance in 3-0 Crystal Palace defeat

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said after Arsenal's top-four offering took a dip: We've been really inconsistent on the ball and that's unacceptable. I apologize to our supporters; Kieran Tierney could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal's 'Mikel Arteta has apologized to Arsenal fans for his team's "unacceptable" performance in the 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace. The Gunners' top-four hopes suffered a significant dent at Palace, a result that leaves Tottenham in fourth place after the Premier League weekend. The Gunners have a game on their hands against their north London rivals but it was an atypical performance from Arteta's side given goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew in the first half and a Wilfried Zaha penalty in the second Half-time, Palace scored fantastic. Arteta, who was missing left-back Kieran Tierney with a knee injury he picked up with Scotland after playing in their last two friendlies, criticized his side's performance and admitted they couldn't physically match Palace. He told Sky Sports: "Congratulations to Palace for the game they played but we made it impossible for ourselves with the way we started. I apologize to our followers. They did it and had a good atmosphere and we couldn't get out.” . "When we had the big chances we didn't score to give ourselves the best chance to get back into the game. First of all we have to put our hands up and get the criticism we deserve. Then we accept it, look in the mirror and look to the next game we have to be honest with ourselves and support each other when you come here you have to compete you have to win tackles and second balls and be aggressive and we weren't any of those and on top of that we were really poor on the ball. "We tried in the second half, we had three or four big chances but the only half chance they had they got a penalty. "It's time to take the criticism, raise your hand and apologize because that performance wasn't good enough for this club and then react. When things are going well, everyone wants to be there and support." Arteta was asked if perhaps one of the reasons for the defeat was the pressure Tottenham put on her in the top-four race. We didn't do it that way today, it's that simple. We were second in every division, it's that simple. We have one game left. A lot will happen in the nine games. On Tierney's injury, Arteta admitted the situation was not looking good for Scotland. "He came back from international duty and felt something was wrong with his knee," Arteta said. “Crystal Palace was excellent. "It could be a damaging result for Arsenal but I'm sure Mikel Arteta will work on a reaction and make sure this game is sidelined. “You have a lot of important games ahead of you and you are still in pole position. I just think they have so many young players that it could hurt them. Tottenham have a bit more experience which could help them get over the line. "It's a bad night for Arsenal - the way they lost, not just the three points, but I think it's very important that they don't panic, there's no hysteria. They're still in a really good position - a better position than Tottenham and Manchester United. "They just won five away games straight away, so you're talking about 15 points from 18 away games. They would have taken that from the six away games. "It was a bad one and the concern is that this could happen two or three more times. Other teams will be encouraged by Palace's style of play. "I think it's going to be a really big boost for Tottenham and United tonight - not just Arsenal losing points but how they lost. Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira said: "We played a really good game of football. We defended well and took our chances. We scored at key moments in the game. We needed a strong team performance and we managed that, so we're very happy. "We wanted to push and the atmosphere in the stadium allowed us to take such a risk. We defended very well going forward and took advantage of chances to score. "This football club is all about supporting the team and when we're at home we really feel that. The players were tired but the big difference is the atmosphere and the fans behind the players."

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Man Utd's top-four smash offers chance to adopt Chelsea and Arsenal's method

Manchester United are set for a transitional season with a new manager and a busy transfer window, and the Red Devils could look to their Premier League rivals to get it right (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaManchester United are set for a transitional season with a new manager and a busy transfer window, and the Red Devils could look to their Premier League rivals to get it right. Manchester United have endured a disappointing season and haven't won a trophy since 2017. Manchester United faces an important summer of transition and with a sea of ​​changes set to hit Old Trafford. And as a new era begins, it presents a rare opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start from the bottom. The club's restructured hierarchy oversees the appointment of a new permanent manager, while interim boss Ralf Rangnick - due to move to an adviser role at the end of the season - will work with John Murtough to launch a major overhaul of the player squad. They were humiliated 5-0 on home soil by Liverpool, pushed aside by Manchester City in the derby and will end the season without a trophy for the fifth straight season. The ideal scenario for a new manager taking over at an underperforming club is to dump the dead wood and start assembling a squad that fits their philosophy and vision. But as Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta have shown in the past at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, not being distracted by European football can also prove to be a huge bonus - and United should consider forgoing it if it means that the season focused on their domestic advances. They hired Antonio Conte in June 2016 and set about finding a way back to the top. And there was no doubt that given adequate time to work with the players, Conte could turn them into a winning team again. Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are the two leaders at Manchester United. Would Manchester United benefit from a season away from Europe? Chelsea transformed in a year from a side that abandoned the methods of their previous manager to a dedicated group of players who were experts in their roles and formations. Five years later they are European champions. For United fans, that must sound appealing given the murmurs of dissatisfaction with Solskjaer and Rangnick from various newspaper leaks. Similarly, Arsenal ended up outside the European places for the first time in 26 years in 2020-21 and now Arteta's men are favorites to a top-four finish. Rangnick's side are currently seventh in the Premier League with 51 points from 30 games. While it is still possible to catch up with their top-four rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, who are three points clear, they face a tough task to end the season on a high. But to follow Conte and Arteta's lead, they would only need to finish behind Wolves, who are two points behind Wolves. A club the size of United can easily endure a season without Europe, especially when that could mean more prize money in the future. And in terms of an attractive signing offer, United remain one of the biggest clubs in the world - and that appeal won't dissipate over a season outside of European football. As last summer has shown, signing world-class players like Cristiano Ronaldo does not improve the club's fortunes if there is no direction or identity. If United are serious about getting back to where they really belong, perhaps stepping back and working with a blank canvas is the best place to start. And without the distractions of continental football, it may just be the break they need to begin their return to the top.

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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Arsenal will be looking to overtake Spurs with a win but Selhurst Park on a Monday night is a tricky test. Join Scott Murray for the latest (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Arsenal will be looking to overtake Spurs with a win but Selhurst Park on a Monday night is a tricky test. Join Scott Murray for the latest. Arsenal have just enough time to win a corner from which Gabriel weakly heads straight to Guaita. Palace was great. Arsenal, meanwhile, are about to be told what's what. 45 min: There will be an extra minute. 44 mins: Tavares throws in Xhaka and fails to intercept the easy pass that comes back. Throw for the palace. Tavares suffers a shock, not for the first time this season. Related: The Fiver | Arsenal, Newcastle and a real old school FA Cup embarrassment palace are rife and they get their reward! Andersen, quarterback from the deep, shoots a low pass into the right inside channel. Gabriel tries to intercept with a slide but misses. Ayew takes possession, pivots inside past a confused Tavares and whistles a low shot into the bottom left corner! Arsenal's Ben White looks dejected after Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew scored his second goal. Photo: David Klein/Reuters 42 min: Palace seem happy enough to let Arsenal pet them in the middle of the park. 40 mins: In the Arsenal dugout, Mikel Arteta seethes and quietly rants at the next member of the back room. Visitors can expect a full and candid analysis of their performance at half-time, which may include teapot dropping, hair blow-drying and color stripping. 38 min: Arsenal are so sluggish in the back. Gallagher almost takes advantage of it as he latches on to a loose ball, but he can't quite control it as he tries to dribble his way freely inside right. Then Palace rejoin on the left, Zaha cutting back for Mateta whose low diagonal attack on the bottom right is parried by Ramsdale and claimed on the second try. Free kick for Palace on the left. Andersen goes up at the far post and looks the wrong way as the ball hits him and pings over the goal, allowing Mateta to head home from close range. Palace Lead and Selhurst explodes! Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale (left) concedes a goal from Crystal Palace forward Jean-Philippe Mateta (No 14). Mateta celebrates in front of the cheering Palace fans. Photo: Ian Walton/AP Photo: Glyn Kirk/IKIMAGES/AFP/Getty Images Photo: Glyn Kirk/IKIMAGES/AFP/Getty Images 36 mins: Tavares awkwardly clatters Ayew as the Palace forward rushes down the inside right channel. Gallagher takes the free kick quickly. He pushes it down the channel for Zaha, who crosses from the sidelines. Arsenal are in the process of preparing a clarifying meal when the offside flag appears. 34 min: A little more possession for Arsenal, but nothing gets going in the last third. Here's Peter Oh: “I agree that the AC Milan shirt shown in the action photo below is a fashion travesty but is almost as hard on the eyes as easy on the eyes as Sandro Tonali wears the former Stoke and West Ham man seems to have turned Marko Arnautovic upside down .” 32 mins: Komic Kutz in the Palace box as Guehi slices the ball high in the air. A subtle nudge would put the striker in the box seat to meet the falling ball... so he gives the Palace defender a good old-fashioned, hard jab in the back. free kick! 30 mins: Smith Rowe pushes down on the left, a determined dribble but is cornered by Clyne and then falls over. Nothing works for Arsenal. 28 min: Partey has an opportunity to fire from the edge of Palace D but takes a touch too many, being dispossessed by Gallagher and having a fresh air punch. Saka tries to keep things going, crosses from the right and Lacazette flashes a header over the bar. Slightly better from Arsenal, who still need to clear their heads quickly. 27 min: Palace is playing at 101mph and with a boast to boot. Arsenal are absolutely secondary at the moment. 26 min: That was a nice goal from Palace's point of view and a complete mess from Arsenal. But Gabriel and Tavares... To his credit, Gabriel shakes his head to apologize to his teammates, aware that his hasty attempt to intercept him may have played a part. 22 mins: Zaha executes some nifty flicks down the left flank. Then Andersen makes sure that Odegaard can't start a counterattack with a factual slide release. Arsenal rocks a bit here. 14 min: A brief pause as the referee lets out his technological junk. "Neither Juventus nor Palace can match the abomination that is AC Milan's fourth kit, which looks like someone pulled an eraser on the shoulders and waist of a regular red and black striped shirt," reports Kári Tulinius. "They're playing in that kit tonight and it took me about five minutes to figure out what the hell I was looking at." Sweet baby Berlusconi! 20 min: That goal made Selhurst jump. Arsenal suddenly became a bit nervous as a result. That's all good sights for Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham, Manchester United and Wolves fans. 5 min: Both teams continue to ping the ball at top speed. Arsenal's Gabriel (left) and Crystal Palace's Jean-Philippe Mateta chase the ball. Photo: Juan Gasparini/JMP/Shutterstock 18 mins: More bad news for Arsenal: Palace have not lost a Premier League game this season in which they met first. 12 min: Arsenal see a little more of the ball now. They don't do much with it though. Palace keep their form very well. 10 min: Lacazette sprays a superb diagonal pass towards Saka, in mile-long space on the right. That's fine when defending against Palace's extremely promising full-back. 8 min: Gallagher digs a cross out of a tight spot on the right. Mateta can't quite hit it in the middle. Saka comes back for cover, chest down, and cleans up. The home fans want a penalty but come in and take it. 7 min: Clyne tries to back heel Zaha down the touchline and into the bottom right corner. Not quite, but there's a certain level of confidence that's flowing through the Palace team right now. "Speaking of not very much, and only motivated by the need to vent, I want to be upset about what happened to Palace's streak," writes Charles Antaki. "They're all swirly, like a certain ice cream I remember from before. Swirliness has no place in football shirts. Points must be awarded unless Arsenal win, in which case they can wear what they please. Wait for Charles to see the new Juventus kit, eh readers. 3 min: Lacazette almost finds Smith Rowe with a sweet roll down the channel on the left. Had Smith Rowe been able to stay in control, he would have been clearly on target. 2 min: Gallagher pressures Ramsdale, closing him and causing a panicked release. Arsenal finally clear but Palace come back and Mitchell puts in a low cross from the left. Mateta doesn't break the ball at the penalty spot. Arsenal clear again. What a start from Palace. 30 sec: Mateta fights his way through the left inside channel into the Arsenal box. The visitors seem unwilling to defend this. But the flag goes offside. Palace get the ball rolling... Wearing their red and blue stripes, Palace force Arsenal to second-choice Lemon Curd. As always, a fine noise emanates from Selhurst Park, certainly the most atmospheric stadium in the Premier League. You are completely satisfied. Palace at Death Foiled! “Both teams are in a better position than we were in October. We have more confidence and confidence and I think Arsenal play with more confidence. We play better football as a team, both with and without possession. We know how well they've been playing lately. as does Mikel Arteta: “We know what to expect. We expect a tough game. We can only do our best. We have to do our job and play at the highest level and we'll see where that takes us.” This is what the top of the Premier League looks like… which means Arsenal are currently the favorites to finish last in the Champions League is. But nothing is certain and with Spurs and West Ham both winning at the weekend, the Gunners could use three points of their own tonight to cement their status as fourth-place leaders. Crystal Palace are getting some good news, having recently held Manchester City here at Selhurst and made it to the FA Cup semi-finals. But good press belies the fact that they haven't won at home in the league since the turn of the year, while their record against Arsenal doesn't inspire too much confidence: one win in their last nine games and a 3-1 loss here in the last Year. Arsenal have also won their last five away games in the Premier League straight away. Can they make it six in a row and maintain their push towards Champions League qualification? Or will Palace, comfortable with a cigar in the middle of the table, frustrate them like they did with Champions City a few weeks ago? Another matter linked to the hunt for a place in next season's Champions League is Arsenal's visit to Tottenham Hotspur, which was postponed in January amid some Covid-related controversy. It has been moved to Thursday May 12th. That game now comes ten days before the end of the season and the way things are going there could well be a winner-takes-all rumble for a valuable top four spot. At the time of the postponement, Spurs were "extremely surprised" by the decision to grant Arsenal's request. The Gunners cited Covid-19, absences from the African Nations Cup and injuries as reasons for their request, leading Spurs to call for more "clarity and consistency" in Premier League decision-making processes. Wilfried Zaha has recovered from his injury on international duty, but not Michael Olise. Olise is the only change for Crystal Palace following their 0-0 draw with Manchester City; He will be replaced by Jordan Ayew. Arsenal make two changes to the squad chosen for the 1-0 win at Aston Villa. Aaron Ramsdale, meanwhile, reclaims his place in goal after recovering from a hip injury while Bernd Leno was sent to the bench. Final war between Russia and Ukraine: Zelenskyy to address UN after warning Borodyanka atrocities could be worse than Bucha

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Night to forget for apologetic Mikel Arteta and Arsenal

Plus: Historic Brentford win at Chelsea; Liverpool win over Watford opens crucial month for Reds; Man City pass Burnley test to stay on top; Wolves dream of Europe again; Brighton continues to stagnate; James Ward-Prowse closes on David Beckham's free-kick record (Author: Gardener)

Historic BrentfordArsenal lost a Premier League London derby by a three-goal margin at Selhurst Park for only the fifth time, and the first since a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in April 2017. Five years to the week, Palace celebrated their last home win against the Gunners. In fact, it is only their fourth win against their London neighbors in 26 matches - but this result was certain from the start. Mikel Arteta made no attempt to sugarcoat things in his assessment of his team's performance in south London, apologizing to the traveling fans for that poor performance which has given their Champions League rivals Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham much hope for those who remain games there. Wayne Rooney said on Monday Night Football: "The fans can see what happened so there was no point in Mikel coming out and trying to dress things up because it wasn't good enough. He needs to accept the result and move on, but I'll be sure to keep showing his players clips of how to get better: "There are some young players in the squad who need to learn before there are some big games coming up." There was a lack of intensity and movement The damage was already done in the last third of the opening game and at half-time against a well-organised Palace. The second period saw chances for the Gunners when Eddie Nketiah hit the crossbar and both Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe lacked presentable chances but that defeat hurts their hopes of finishing in the top four. The weekend's results saw Arsenal overtake rivals Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League and they failed to react on a night unforgettable for Arteta's men, as pointed out by Jamie Carragher, 15 Points from the last 18 on the road mean now is not the time to panic, but with the N Arsenal must stay in the hunt until then with news of a crucial north London derby announced for May 12 live on Sky Sports. While Arsenal lacked rhythm, this was arguably Crystal Palace's best performance to date under Patrick Vieira. The Frenchman was delighted with his first home win in the league since December 28 and Palace's second in their last 18 Premier League derby games in London. Cheered on by the usual roar from the Homesdale Road stand in the spotlight, there was a certain routine behind that success that propelled Palace into the top half of the Premier League. It felt like their forwards took turns leading the fight this campaign. Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard were the focus of the attacks, Jordan Ayew - who scored his fourth Premier League goal against Arsenal - was also in and out of the team, while Wilfried Zaha was the only constant. Here Palace were without Michael Olise, but the absence of the promising winger was not felt, Vieira being able to recall that much depth now. The latest player to find success under his tutelage is Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games for Palace, one more than in his previous 17 for the Eagles. "The energy that Jean-Philippe brings to the team allows others behind him to do the same," Vieira told Sky Sports. "It forces players to follow behind him. He's a great player. A lot of people will talk about the goal he scored, but the passion and work rate he shows every day is a big plus for the team. " Ninth place could mark the pinnacle of Palace's Premier League ambitions in their last eight games - assuming they are 12 points behind Wolves in eighth place. But with an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on the horizon, Vieira's players are struggling to feature at Wembley Stadium - and Mateta seems primed for a start based on that evidence. Jarrod Bowen's return could not have been more timely for West Ham. Bowen made his first start in a month after four games injured and proved he could make the difference in a 2-1 home win against Everton. He won the free-kick that caused Aaron Creswell to roll in West Ham's opener and then scored the winning goal. It was a reminder to all why he looked doomed to earn his first call-up for England last month, before suffering an agonizing foot injury in the Liverpool defeat. But Hammers boss David Moyes has no doubt Bowen will still be on the mind of England manager Gareth Southgate in the summer. "If he finishes the season well then he'll be back for those [England] games in June," said Moyes. Such is Moyes' confidence in Bowen that he had no problem putting the striker in the starting XI against Everton after Manuel Lanzini was left out of the squad following a car accident on Thursday which luckily left the Argentine unharmed. "It was only until yesterday that I knew Lanzini wasn't going to make it," revealed Moyes. "I thought with [not] Lanzini's quality on the ball and he played really well for us, should we start Jarrod for 50 or 60 minutes or bring him in for 30 minutes? It's not his fitness, I think it's just his game and he was a bit worried about it." However, the 25-year-old's performance against Everton was unproblematic as he lasted 70 minutes before being substituted off. Moyes added: "I've never really worried about Jarrod. He said he doesn't know if he's smart enough when you've been out for a while, but he's got such high standards now.” But what Moyes would have liked most about Bowen's performance is the way he responded straight away integrated into the squad when he formed a menacing quartet with Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio. Together they terrorized the Everton defense all afternoon as they scored nine shots on goal and had a combined 20 of West Ham's 22 touches in the opposition's penalty area. Even with Lanzini returning, it's hard to imagine Moyes changing that front four for Thursday's big Europa League quarter-final first leg against Lyon at the London Stadium. One thing is for sure, Bowen's return will worry the French. It was a reminder of the quality Antonio Conte must fall back on and the Italian made a point of highlighting the opportunities these two players in particular offer him. But they are being kept from the side by a brilliant 21-year-old right now. Dejan Kulusevski has poked fun at proposals that take time to adapt to the Premier League. The January loan-in for Heung-Min Son's goal on Sunday gave him five assists in his first 10 appearances in the competition. The last player to reach that tally so quickly at his age or younger was a certain Eden Hazard. It would be a tall order to say he is on a similar path to the brilliant Belgian, but Conte believes Spurs have brought a gem of their own. "It's a great signing for Tottenham, now and in the future," he said in his post-match press conference. Spurs have a two-year deal with Juventus for Kulusevski and a commitment to buy at the end if certain criteria are met. The skill, pace and effectiveness he brings to the final third is hard to find - especially at such a young age. While Conte has spoken about the improvement each player has made through his coaching, there is no doubt that Kulusevski's arrival has also given the team a boost. If they can sign a few more of that standard over the summer, they'll go really far. Bowen inflicted more pain on Frank Lampard's side on the day away but here they were the culprits of their own downfall, struck by their own lack of concentration before the red mist descended. Michael Keane captained the side in the absence of Seamus Coleman but it was his weary challenge to Michail Antonio that made life more difficult as West Ham regained the lead. The Merseysiders have received a red card in each of their last three Premier League games (including Jonjoe Kenny v Wolves, Allan v Newcastle), becoming the first side to see red in three games in a row since Watford in December 2017. Lampard had questioned his Players Bottle - or words to that effect - after they capitulated last time out in the FA Cup at Crystal Palace, conceding weakly again just five minutes after equalizing when Bowen scored. Keane's second yellow card capped another miserable road trip for Lampard and he simply cannot afford another fruitless outing from Goodison Park on Wednesday in that crucial game against Burnley at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports. Lampard said: "The next game is always the most important and the next is a competitor down at the same end of the table. Nobody has an easy game at Burnley - it's a fact at all times so it's about continuing the application and character of our performance today." Everton remain safe for now but a loss to Sean Dyche's side would widen the gap to the last trimming three down to just one point.Until he was withdrawn 20 minutes before Newcastle's defeat by Tottenham, Chris Wood had played every minute of every game for the Toon since moving from Burnley, he was Eddie Howe's focal point without regularly the back of the net Far from just scoring, that's fine when you're winning games and teammates are scoring goals, however, Newcastle have now lost three games on spin and Wood was anonymous in north London and was eliminated by a combination Eliminated Eric Dier and Christian Romero He had just 15 touches, the lowest of any fielder to start the game in. If you stretch it further back, he's only found the net once in his last 17 starts for Burnley and Newcastle. Splitting goals in the absence of Callum Wilson, who is their top scorer with 10 goals, remains a major concern for Howe. Wood is a massive presence, but his lack of movement makes him easy to tag when you don't have players around him. Dwight Gayle remains a Newcastle player but has played just 29 minutes of football in a season of bench warming and has not started a Premier League game for almost a year. Is Howe considering going in a different direction? He said: "It's been difficult for Chris, he's had four games [on international duty], a lot of travel so we pulled him back to keep him in good shape." Best performance of the season? But however you categorize Brentford's shocking, stunning 4-1 win at Chelsea, there's no denying that Thomas Frank and his players deserve huge credit for achieving a result few would have believed possible. Before kick-off, it appeared that Brentford's survival in the Premier League would rest more on a clash with Watford in a couple of weeks. Instead, their first league win at west London rivals Chelsea in 83 years may have secured their top-flight status. If so, it's an accomplishment that owes it all to the core ingredients that define this Brentford team. His top-notch coaching has created a team capable of mixing high pressing and low blocking, and frustrating opponents with both. Praise also goes to these players: from the bravery in bringing the game to Chelsea early on, to the character in reacting to Antonio Rudiger's force and pushing for more. A first goal in the Premier League since 2019 was the reward for another class show in the middle of the park. He inspired the players around him. Capturing the enormity of Saturday's win isn't easy - but Brentford fans will cherish a day to remember. Thomas Tuchel was at a loss to explain Chelsea's 4-1 home loss to Brentford. He ended up putting it down to "an odd 10 minutes," saying he wouldn't dwell on it for too long. Their players have continued to deliver admirably over the past month despite all the distractions off the pitch. Real Madrid are in town for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. There's also an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace and later in the month a potentially crucial midweek game against Arsenal, the side now breathing down the Premier League table. A similar loss to West Brom almost exactly a year ago turned out to be just a blip. Tuchel and Chelsea supporters are hoping this defeat by Brentford will ultimately act as a jolt to sharpen the side for the big challenges ahead. Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League has lasted that long, but just three months ago the Reds would never have dreamed of being second at the top. On January 15, they were 14 points behind Manchester City. At 2:22 p.m. on Saturday, they were two points ahead of the champions. At 4.52pm, City quickly reclaimed first place with a comfortable win at Burnley, but for Liverpool it was all about starting a massive month with the right result that perfectly hits the potential title decider at City next Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Liverpool's win over Watford was a case of work done and it continued as Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to a 2-0 win over the relegation strugglers. It wasn't a performance worthy of Klopp's 250th Premier League game in charge and the German later admitted he was 'not interested' in the performance. "We didn't play the best football possible today, but it was enough," he said. "I didn't expect us to fly - it's unlikely to be the best game of the season after the international break." But he knows his side need to tune in and play their best in the coming weeks. On Tuesday they travel to Lisbon to face Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals, followed by the trip to the Etihad on Sunday. The second leg against Benfica at Anfield takes place on April 13, before another match against Pep Guardiola's side in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 16. On April 19th, league home games against Manchester United Everton will follow on April 24th - both live on Sky Sports. Throw in a potential Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich or Villarreal on April 26 or 27 and it really is a blockbuster month for the Reds. The win over Watford will be a minor footnote, but it's a win that sets Klopp's side up for a crucial couple of weeks. James Maddison looked on as Gareth Southgate decided to pick the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher for England's international friendlies last month, but the Liecester midfielder provided the perfect answer at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old has had just one cap for his country, coming on as a substitute in the 7-0 win against Montenegro in November 2019, but he created twice as many chances as any other player in Saturday night's 1-1 draw. Maddison said of his World Cup ambitions: "As an English player, the World Cup is the pinnacle. I'm always thinking about what I can do better to get into the squad.” It's just about showing more consistency and influencing games more. I'm feeling really good, very confident and going into the games with that confidence and Marcus Rashford still struggling looking for a spark when they share the same spot, Southgate can have the undisputed qualities and that certain something that Maddison certainly owns, do not ignore. Burnley moved 4-4 away from their trademark -2 formation for the third time in the Premier League this season, with Dyche's plan to 'control' Man City by starting Jack Cork in place of Maxwel Cornet to bolster midfield , but the manager admitted his game plan was undone within five minutes thanks to De Bruyne's early goal. but from the outset Wout Weghorst had a particularly negative impact as a lone striker. The hulking Dutchman is no doubt a threat to opposition defences, but throwing long balls at him with no one around to attack second balls was an odd tactic, with Burnley only having three touches in opposition's penalty area in the first half recorded. Dyche seemed to acknowledge the problem in the second half, bringing on both Cornet and Jay Rodriguez and moving Josh Brownhill into a more advanced position, but it was little too late, especially against a Man City side who haven't lost a point from winning positions in the Premier League this season. Weghorst finished the game with zero shots, zero touches in the opponent's box and less than 50 percent of his aerial duels won, outlining the toothless nature of a Burnley attack relying on his aerial skills. With just 10 games remaining for Burnley to come from a four-point deficit over Everton - who have a game in hand - the responsibility lies with Dyche to get more of Weghorst's signing in January, who was signed to help the Avoid relegation but now has only one goal in 10 league games. Pep Guardiola said ahead of Manchester City's Burnley game that he and his players were aware they had been knocked off first place by Liverpool's early-game win over Watford. But the manager and his players could not have asked for a friendlier game to return to the top of the table as Man City have won their last nine games against Burnley by a aggregate score of 32-1. The Clarets deployed in a 4-5-1 formation to frustrate their visitors but Man City were quick to undermine that strategy thanks to Raheem Sterling's right wing raids and clever finishes from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. While Guardiola highlighted his side's inability to finish the game, he would probably privately admit his players lowered their intensity in the second half, with the three points all but certain and an impressive fixture list looming. The impressive De Bruyne and Phil Foden were withdrawn in the second half in what appeared to be an attempt to keep them fresh for Tuesday's visit to Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Man City then face their biggest game of the season so far on April 10 when Liverpool travel to the Etihad - live on Sky Sports - before flying to Madrid for the second leg against Atletico. They then face Liverpool again, this time at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the FA Cup Final. With so many season-defining games taking place in the coming weeks, a trip to Turf Moor seemed like the perfect opportunity for Man City to improve - an opportunity the champions capitalized on vigorously. Wolves had lost four of their previous six Premier League games before their deserved 2-1 derby win over Aston Villa at Molineux. After a 2-0 lead against Leeds and a 3-2 defeat in the last game before the international break, it looked as if an impressive debut season under head coach Bruno Lage was about to end. But despite the absence of suspended Raul Jimenez and injured Ruben Neves, Saturday's win over the West Midlands rivals - as well as mixed results from the teams around them - means they are still firmly in the hunt for European football. Now over West Ham ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, Wolves will qualify for next season's Europa Conference League if they can stay in seventh place - should Crystal Palace fail to win the FA Cup. With tough games still to come against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, games against Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Norwich will give Lage encouragement that his side can end the season strong. After reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 Europa League under former coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves can dream of playing in Europe again and if they can find some consistency in the run-in then they are well on their way to doing so. It's a question you would have answered with a resounding no a few months ago when Graham Potter's side were looking safe after a top 10 finish. However, no wins in their last seven games and just three wins in their last 24 league games have greatly derailed their season. It's perhaps a bit of a reality check for a club that doesn't spend the same money in the transfer market as the teams around them in the Premier League. One thing is for sure, and it has already been said, they need to find a forward they can rely on throughout the season. Neal Maupay has shown what he can do in bouts but that performance was another reminder of where Brighton need to invest in the summer. Brighton are now just a point better off than they were at the same point last season when they were 16th on 33 points. Chances and attractive football are created and served but this was another day where it was the same old story. Only Manchester City have managed to produce that many in one game this season and they won that game 7-0 against Leeds. Is there a better free-kick taker in world football right now than Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse? The England international added to his already packed repertoire of stunning free-kick goals to earn his side a point at Elland Road on Saturday. When referee Anthony Taylor awarded a free-kick to the visitors on the left side of the box, everyone on the ground knew what was to come, including Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier. However, it is one thing to know what is coming and quite another to stop it. The Frenchman found that out seconds later when he clawed the ball out of the net after Ward-Prowse's free-kick sailed over the wall and into the top left corner of the net. Incredibly, this is now the midfielder's 13th direct free-kick in the Premier League, taking him just five behind David Beckham at the top of the list and giving his side time to catch the former England captain.

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Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season were dashed with a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. The visitors were put to the sword by the clean hosts in the first half, with goals from strikers Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan giving Ayew Palace a deserved 2-0 lead at the break. Arsenal improved slightly after the break, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard missing big chances to get their side back in the game. (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceArsenal's hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season were dashed with a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. The visitors were put to the sword by the clean hosts in the first half, with goals from strikers Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan giving Ayew Palace a deserved 2-0 lead at the break. Arsenal improved slightly after the break, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard missing big chances to get their side back in the game. Their waste proved costly as Wilfried Zaha ended the game with a penalty 16 minutes from time. Tottenham Hotspur's 5-0 home win over Newcastle United on Sunday means they are fourth, ahead of their north London rivals on goal difference, having played a game more. The Gunners' game heads to Chelsea before Mikel Arteta's side travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the penultimate week of the season. The goal line at Selhurst Park did not flatter an impressive Palace, who continued to improve under former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira and moved up to ninth place with the win. Arsenal's top-four hopes suffered a major blow as they were deservedly beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Mikel Arteta's side saw Tottenham go beyond them on goal difference in the Premier League on Sunday, but they had a chance to react in the first of their two games on Monday night. It didn't happen, however, as Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew scored in a wild display from the Eagles in the first 30 minutes, capitalizing on a woeful display from the visitors. Arsenal didn't find an answer after the break, Wilfried Zaha put the icing on the cake with a penalty. The Gunners remain level on points with Spurs but their game is away at Chelsea and they still have to travel to their big rivals later in the season. Click here for our full match report “Congratulations to Palace for the game they played but we made it impossible the way we did. You have to be physical and walk and then you earn the right to play. We played a really good football game. We defended very well going forward and took advantage of chances to score. “This football club is all about supporting the team and when we are home we really feel that. Mateta, Ayew and Zaha with the goals against an Arsenal side who were miles away. Palace so impressive that the Gunners were shaken with their intensity from the first minute and there was no reaction from the visitors. 90+2 minutes: Xhaka 25 yards away, plenty of space. This will pretty much be when the push off is executed. 90 mins: Nketiah concedes a soft free-kick... Three minutes at Selhurst Park. 87 mins: Xhaka comfortably saves a tame shot from long range… Arsenal are unlikely to get even the slightest consolation tonight. This could prove to be a pivotal night in the race for Champions League football. 83 mins: Arsenal have everyone within 30 yards of the Palace goal but can't find a way through. Smith Rowe tries a nice pass to Nketiah but there's just no room for it. 79 mins: How did Arsenal not score?! Saka's tight angle shot is parried straight back to Smith Rowe, who is sure to hit an empty net, but Guehi is there to block. 76 mins: Edouard for Palace, replacing Ayew. Arsenal make their latest move... Long last 15 minutes for Arsenal the way things are going. And that's about the pie of misery for Arsenal. Palace will now come up with a fourth. 72 minutes: It gets worse for the Gunners! Barely able to move in midfield, Partey signals that he needs to step out so Zaha can charge forward. He comes into the penalty area, hacks past three defenders and goes down. 69 mins: Palace make their first change of the night. McArthur replaces Mateta. Vieira has already seen one late goal against Arsenal this season - he's doing everything he can to ensure it doesn't happen again. That pretty much sums up Odegaard's night - a scuffed shot on the side. Nketiah's first touch is a nice one as he slices the ball back to Odegaard in the penalty area. He is completely free, but rubs the insert badly and dribbles far. 66 mins: Well, Arteta wants it. This leaves White and Gabriel as the only defenders on the pitch. Lacazette tries to focus through a challenge in the box, it falls for Smith Rowe but he puts a tame effort straight at the keeper. 60 mins: Xhaka is growing increasingly frustrated. Has no option for the pass, Ayew recovers it and Xhaka then pretends to lose his balance but really only rugby grabs the Crystal Palace man to the ground. 59 mins: Gabriel faints greatly and Saka has a chance to run at Mitchell. Cuts in on his left foot, works half a yard for the shot but it's tall and wide going into the far corner. Arsenal have been a little better since the break but that bar was so low. There's at least some urgency to their game when they're trying to score. 56 mins: Zaha slides the ball towards Gallagher and Mitchell, right in the middle of them. Cedric's touch is so strong it's almost a one-two with Zaha and the Crystal Palace man has another chance inside the box. Right-back shoves in and narrowly gets the ball. 54 minutes: Partey received a yellow card for it – a disastrous night for him so far. Taking Andersen goes to Ramsdale's side and it's a comfortable enough save for the keeper. 53 min: Brilliant from Schlupp, too strong for Odegaard, too fast for Partey, too strong for Xhaka. Partey comes back and clips him from behind, clear free kick directly to the edge of the penalty area. This is a wonderful position for Palace. 51 mins: Arsenal want a penalty... Saka drives into the box, Kouyate has an arm behind his back and the Arsenal man goes down. 50 mins: Arsenal see a lot of ball early in the half but Palace are in solid form and not easy to break. Smith Rowe in a more central position and drifting across the field - Gunners need him to get to the ball. 47 mins: Xhaka misses a passout from Martinelli, a heavy touch allowing Ayew to latch but the Brazilian regains it for the Gunners. Martinelli is already making an impact, driving inside and combining well with Lacazette. Tavares out, Martinelli in at break. Time to find out what a difference this makes to the Gunners! Arsenal are eliminated early for the second half, a few minutes ahead of Palace. Martinelli is coming. Martinelli and Nketiah are Arsenal's obvious options off the bench as they try to find a way back into this situation. Arsenal had 57% possession in the first half but they did very little with that. That was a tame Gabriel header just before the break. Palace had four shots, three on target, two goals. Clinical performance and they continued to look incredibly dangerous at the break. Arsenal were completely outplayed by Palace from the first minute of this half. Palace, in fairness, was good, lots of energy. Pretty first half at Selhurst Park! Crystal Palace superb, Arsenal absolutely pathetic. Mateta and Ayew gave the Eagles a two-goal lead at the break that they more than earned. A big half is coming up for Arteta - there's a lot for him to try! 45 minutes: Gallagher and Gabriel both fall off the field and take the throw-in. Linesman waits for Tavares to take it, then waves to give it to Palace. Just the one minute added at the end of the half. 43 mins: Partey has been brilliant lately but he's been terrible so far tonight. Again without pressure, he passes it straight to a Palace shirt. Ayew drives forward, Partey comes over and knocks him down. Gunners could really use halftime. 41 minutes: Finally a sign of life from Arsenal in attack. Cedric and Partey involved, nice interaction and it comes to Ödegaard on the edge of the box. Zaha threatens to head off to Palace, but the Gunners come back and slow his progress. 39 minutes: Palace want a free-kick in a similar position, Clyne doesn't wait for the decision and takes advantage of the indecisiveness. Plays it wide to Gallagher, who decides to turn back and keep the ball. Arsenal win it back... Partey with a terrible pass straight to a Palace shirt and the hosts quickly break out. Zaha shrugs off Cedric, puts him back to Mateta and his powerful punch is just blocked by Ramsdale. 37 mins: Tavares misses a soft free-kick... another test for Arsenal's defense awaits. Gallagher quickly pushes it through to Zaha, who nearly finds Mateta for a tap-in. But the offside flag goes up, Zaha left too early. As much as we criticize Arsenal here, fair play towards Palace. They were excellent and took full advantage of Arsenal being half asleep. 33 mins: White throws the ball wide towards Saka, good idea but just too much pace for the winger. Just the only shot for Arsenal so far in the game that Lacazette flicked the header. 30 min: Smith Rowe drives left forward but is quickly surrounded by three Palace shirts and loses his balance. Kouyate tries to play the pass to Clyne, Tavares stops him with his hand. Arsenal haven't been that bad in a long time. Palace but excellent. 28 mins: Better from the Gunners. Partey shoots from long range, Gallagher comes flying in and sends the ball away. Arsenal play it wide to Saka, he slices the cross into the box and Lacazette can only send a header miles over the bar. 27 mins: Ramsdale have to rush off his line to clear the threat - Arsenal's defense is a mess. Mitchell hisses it at Mateta, he flicks it at Gallagher, but there's just too much on it. Partey then wins a free kick and Arsenal are able to catch their breath. Arsenal is all over the store. I can't remember the last time Gabriel looked so wobbly. Arsenal are all over the Selhurst Park store and they are being ruthlessly punished. Andersen shoots a ball forward, Gabriel slides in and tries to intercept but doesn't make it. Ayew slides in front of Tavares, he's wide and finishes brilliantly past Ramsdale. 21 mins: Long ball launched forward, Ayew pins Gabriel and knocks the ball down. Tavares tries to clear but Gallagher attacks him and Palace have the ball back. Eagles turning the ball around with confidence look full of confidence. 19 mins: Palace haven't lost in the Premier League this season when they scored first so Arsenal are really against it now. I have to say that the home team started with a lot more aim and got their reward. A look at the old arsenal there. Zaha attracts White, who falls for it and charges into the Crystal Palace man's back. Free kick and a really soft one for Arsenal. Up come the defenders, Gallagher to whip it in the box.... MATETA HEADS IT HOME! Great ball at the back post, it's Andersen to nod it back and it's an easy finish for Mateta. lead palace. Arsenal have yet to really get going. They lack the spark a bit and Palace work very hard after the ball. They are organized and compact but ready to counter when Arsenal make a mistake. 13 mins: Gabriel plays a good pass through the lines to Lacazette, he has time to spin with the ball but instead opts to hand it off to Partey for the first time. Straight to a Palace shirt. Mitchell tries to break it in for Mateta but White is there to run the ball to Ramsdale. 10 mins: Nice Arsenal move, Odegaard plays it to Tavares. He lines up the shot, tries to slice to his right foot but Ayew wins the ball and is able to break for Palace. Gunners bring back bodies to slow the counter before Cedric brings him to a halt with a foul on Zaha. 8 mins: Gabriel is rushed and concedes the throw-in deep in Arsenal territory. Gallagher makes a great run and gets in at the back, setting up a cross to the back post. However, it's a brilliant cover from Saka, collecting the ball and putting the Gunners on the field. 5 mins: Powerful run from Partey, bursting through a couple of challenges. However, just roll over the ball and Guehi is out to take out the hazard. Partey has been a big part of Arsenal's recent strong form. 3 min: Arsenal under real pressure early on. Ramsdale almost gets stuck on the ball when pressing. Zaha and Mitchell combine really well, Cross comes in and Mateta flips it on... Gunners just about get it off. Visitors get to launch their first attack, and Lacazette almost alludes to Smith Rowe. 1min: Mateta shrugs White a couple of times and hits it to Gallagher in the box but the offside flag goes up. The opening seconds suggest it will be a real test for Arsenal's backline tonight. Arsenal are looking to get back in the top four, with Palace aiming for a place in the top half. Four of the last five games between these two sides have ended in a draw, including earlier this season at the Emirates. Arsenal snatched a point with pretty much the last shot of the game as it ended 2-2. Players take to the pitch at Selhurst Park – kick-off in minutes! Arsenal have dropped to fifth but only on goal difference and they have two games in hand. The first of those comes tonight – a win would put them three points ahead of Spurs again. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is more interested in playing mind games with his players than Tottenham boss Antonio Conte and other rival managers. Arsenal and Tottenham are both fighting to qualify for this season's Champions League and they are neck and neck in the race for fourth place in the Premier League. Conte has already put pressure on Arsenal by saying they are the favorites to win the race but Arteta is undeterred by such talks. But what we want to do is very clear and it's not going to change the perception of what people think." When asked if he was a manager who likes to engage in mind games, Arteta replied: "I think so do it more with my players. Nathaniel Clyne says Crystal Palace's England trio could be just the beginning when it comes to the Eagles representing the Three Lions. Clyne, who has won 14 caps for England, is proud of south London players entering the international stage and says there are many more to come. "It's very good for you and for the club that your players are playing on the international stage," Clyne said. "It's good for their experience to go out there and play at Wembley. “There are a lot of young quality players coming through and they want to improve. Zaha is fit for the start for Palace despite fears of injury during the international break. Guehi, Mitchell and Gallagher are also on the team following their exploits in England, but Olise misses a significant blow against the Eagles. The big news for Arsenal is that Ramsdale is back in goal. It was suggested that this game might come a little early, but Arteta will be happy to have him back. Tavares starts in place of Tierney, who is out with a knee injury, while Smith Rowe gets the win over Martinelli. Gabriel Martinelli has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by Cedric Soares, the Brazilian's Arsenal team-mate who is very familiar with both players. Portugal international Soares sat down with Standard Sport to discuss his place in the side and made a special mention of youngster Martinelli. For Cedric, it's not just his ability that makes Martinelli such a candidate for Arsenal, but also his desire to learn and improve. "Gabi has this determination," said Cedric. He likes to score, like everyone else.” Tottenham host Arsenal in a rescheduled derby in north London on Thursday 12 May that could go a long way towards deciding the top four. The game was originally scheduled to take place on January 16 but was rescheduled at the Gunners' request due to a shortage of first-team players. It is now only ten days before the end of the season in a kind of Champions League play-off. Palace are a dangerous prospect for anyone at home and Arsenal cannot afford to make a mistake. Bernd Leno is likely to start in goal for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsdale continues to suffer from a hip injury. Meanwhile, there are hopes Bukayo Saka could be up the line after being eliminated from the England squad with Covid. However, Cedric Soares has been impressive in his absence and could keep his spot as the Gunners are keen to avoid Tomiyasu making the problem worse. Both Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise are doubts for Palace after picking up injuries over the course of the international break. TV Channels: Tonight's game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live Blog: Get up-to-the-minute updates with our blog right here, with Simon Collings providing expert analysis from Selhurst Park. Hello and welcome to the Standard Sport LIVE blog of Crystal Palace v Arsenal in the Premier League. Tottenham's win over Newcastle has lifted them to fourth over the Gunners but Mikel Arteta's side have two games in hand and will be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break. However, Palace have been on a good run themselves and Arsenal have struggled at Selhurst Park on more than one occasion in recent years. We'll have the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which takes place at Selhurst Park at 8pm BST.

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Night to forget for apologetic Mikel Arteta and Arsenal

Plus: Historic Brentford win at Chelsea; Liverpool win over Watford opens crucial month for Reds; Man City pass Burnley test to stay on top; Wolves dream of Europe again; Brighton continues to stagnate; James Ward-Prowse closes on David Beckham's free-kick record (Author: Gardener)

Historic BrentfordArsenal lost a Premier League London derby by a three-goal margin at Selhurst Park for only the fifth time, and the first since a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in April 2017. Five years to the week, Palace celebrated their last home win against the Gunners. In fact, it is only their fourth win against their London neighbors in 26 matches - but this result was certain from the start. Mikel Arteta made no attempt to sugarcoat things in his assessment of his team's performance in south London, apologizing to the traveling fans for that poor performance which has given their Champions League rivals Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham much hope for those who remain games there. Wayne Rooney said on Monday Night Football: "The fans can see what happened so there was no point in Mikel coming out and trying to dress things up because it wasn't good enough. He needs to accept the result and move on, but I'll be sure to keep showing his players clips of how to get better: "There are some young players in the squad who need to learn before there are some big games coming up." There was a lack of intensity and movement The damage was already done in the last third of the opening game and at half-time against a well-organised Palace. The second period saw chances for the Gunners when Eddie Nketiah hit the crossbar and both Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe lacked presentable chances but that defeat hurts their hopes of finishing in the top four. The weekend's results saw Arsenal overtake rivals Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League and they failed to react on a night unforgettable for Arteta's men, as pointed out by Jamie Carragher, 15 Points from the last 18 on the road mean now is not the time to panic, but with the N Arsenal must stay in the hunt until then with news of a crucial north London derby announced for May 12 live on Sky Sports. While Arsenal lacked rhythm, this was arguably Crystal Palace's best performance to date under Patrick Vieira. The Frenchman was delighted with his first home win in the league since December 28 and Palace's second in their last 18 Premier League derby games in London. Cheered on by the usual roar from the Homesdale Road stand in the spotlight, there was a certain routine behind that success that propelled Palace into the top half of the Premier League. It felt like their forwards took turns leading the fight this campaign. Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard were the focus of the attacks, Jordan Ayew - who scored his fourth Premier League goal against Arsenal - was also in and out of the team, while Wilfried Zaha was the only constant. Here Palace were without Michael Olise, but the absence of the promising winger was not felt, Vieira being able to recall that much depth now. The latest player to find success under his tutelage is Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games for Palace, one more than in his previous 17 for the Eagles. "The energy that Jean-Philippe brings to the team allows others behind him to do the same," Vieira told Sky Sports. "It forces players to follow behind him. He's a great player. A lot of people will talk about the goal he scored, but the passion and work rate he shows every day is a big plus for the team. " Ninth place could mark the pinnacle of Palace's Premier League ambitions in their last eight games - assuming they are 12 points behind Wolves in eighth place. But with an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on the horizon, Vieira's players are struggling to feature at Wembley Stadium - and Mateta seems primed for a start based on that evidence. Jarrod Bowen's return could not have been more timely for West Ham. Bowen made his first start in a month after four games injured and proved he could make the difference in a 2-1 home win against Everton. He won the free-kick that caused Aaron Creswell to roll in West Ham's opener and then scored the winning goal. It was a reminder to all why he looked doomed to earn his first call-up for England last month, before suffering an agonizing foot injury in the Liverpool defeat. But Hammers boss David Moyes has no doubt Bowen will still be on the mind of England manager Gareth Southgate in the summer. "If he finishes the season well then he'll be back for those [England] games in June," said Moyes. Such is Moyes' confidence in Bowen that he had no problem putting the striker in the starting XI against Everton after Manuel Lanzini was left out of the squad following a car accident on Thursday which luckily left the Argentine unharmed. "It was only until yesterday that I knew Lanzini wasn't going to make it," revealed Moyes. "I thought with [not] Lanzini's quality on the ball and he played really well for us, should we start Jarrod for 50 or 60 minutes or bring him in for 30 minutes? It's not his fitness, I think it's just his game and he was a bit worried about it." However, the 25-year-old's performance against Everton was unproblematic as he lasted 70 minutes before being substituted off. Moyes added: "I've never really worried about Jarrod. He said he doesn't know if he's smart enough when you've been out for a while, but he's got such high standards now.” But what Moyes would have liked most about Bowen's performance is the way he responded straight away integrated into the squad when he formed a menacing quartet with Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio. Together they terrorized the Everton defense all afternoon as they scored nine shots on goal and had a combined 20 of West Ham's 22 touches in the opposition's penalty area. Even with Lanzini returning, it's hard to imagine Moyes changing that front four for Thursday's big Europa League quarter-final first leg against Lyon at the London Stadium. One thing is for sure, Bowen's return will worry the French. It was a reminder of the quality Antonio Conte must fall back on and the Italian made a point of highlighting the opportunities these two players in particular offer him. But they are being kept from the side by a brilliant 21-year-old right now. Dejan Kulusevski has poked fun at proposals that take time to adapt to the Premier League. The January loan-in for Heung-Min Son's goal on Sunday gave him five assists in his first 10 appearances in the competition. The last player to reach that tally so quickly at his age or younger was a certain Eden Hazard. It would be a tall order to say he is on a similar path to the brilliant Belgian, but Conte believes Spurs have brought a gem of their own. "It's a great signing for Tottenham, now and in the future," he said in his post-match press conference. Spurs have a two-year deal with Juventus for Kulusevski and a commitment to buy at the end if certain criteria are met. The skill, pace and effectiveness he brings to the final third is hard to find - especially at such a young age. While Conte has spoken about the improvement each player has made through his coaching, there is no doubt that Kulusevski's arrival has also given the team a boost. If they can sign a few more of that standard over the summer, they'll go really far. Bowen inflicted more pain on Frank Lampard's side on the day away but here they were the culprits of their own downfall, struck by their own lack of concentration before the red mist descended. Michael Keane captained the side in the absence of Seamus Coleman but it was his weary challenge to Michail Antonio that made life more difficult as West Ham regained the lead. The Merseysiders have received a red card in each of their last three Premier League games (including Jonjoe Kenny v Wolves, Allan v Newcastle), becoming the first side to see red in three games in a row since Watford in December 2017. Lampard had questioned his Players Bottle - or words to that effect - after they capitulated last time out in the FA Cup at Crystal Palace, conceding weakly again just five minutes after equalizing when Bowen scored. Keane's second yellow card capped another miserable road trip for Lampard and he simply cannot afford another fruitless outing from Goodison Park on Wednesday in that crucial game against Burnley at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports. Lampard said: "The next game is always the most important and the next is a competitor down at the same end of the table. Nobody has an easy game at Burnley - it's a fact at all times so it's about continuing the application and character of our performance today." Everton remain safe for now but a loss to Sean Dyche's side would widen the gap to the last trimming three down to just one point.Until he was withdrawn 20 minutes before Newcastle's defeat by Tottenham, Chris Wood had played every minute of every game for the Toon since moving from Burnley, he was Eddie Howe's focal point without regularly the back of the net Far from just scoring, that's fine when you're winning games and teammates are scoring goals, however, Newcastle have now lost three games on spin and Wood was anonymous in north London and was eliminated by a combination Eliminated Eric Dier and Christian Romero He had just 15 touches, the lowest of any fielder to start the game in. If you stretch it further back, he's only found the net once in his last 17 starts for Burnley and Newcastle. Splitting goals in the absence of Callum Wilson, who is their top scorer with 10 goals, remains a major concern for Howe. Wood is a massive presence, but his lack of movement makes him easy to tag when you don't have players around him. Dwight Gayle remains a Newcastle player but has played just 29 minutes of football in a season of bench warming and has not started a Premier League game for almost a year. Is Howe considering going in a different direction? He said: "It's been difficult for Chris, he's had four games [on international duty], a lot of travel so we pulled him back to keep him in good shape." Best performance of the season? But however you categorize Brentford's shocking, stunning 4-1 win at Chelsea, there's no denying that Thomas Frank and his players deserve huge credit for achieving a result few would have believed possible. Before kick-off, it appeared that Brentford's survival in the Premier League would rest more on a clash with Watford in a couple of weeks. Instead, their first league win at west London rivals Chelsea in 83 years may have secured their top-flight status. If so, it's an accomplishment that owes it all to the core ingredients that define this Brentford team. His top-notch coaching has created a team capable of mixing high pressing and low blocking, and frustrating opponents with both. Praise also goes to these players: from the bravery in bringing the game to Chelsea early on, to the character in reacting to Antonio Rudiger's force and pushing for more. A first goal in the Premier League since 2019 was the reward for another class show in the middle of the park. He inspired the players around him. Capturing the enormity of Saturday's win isn't easy - but Brentford fans will cherish a day to remember. Thomas Tuchel was at a loss to explain Chelsea's 4-1 home loss to Brentford. He ended up putting it down to "an odd 10 minutes," saying he wouldn't dwell on it for too long. Their players have continued to deliver admirably over the past month despite all the distractions off the pitch. Real Madrid are in town for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. There's also an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace and later in the month a potentially crucial midweek game against Arsenal, the side now breathing down the Premier League table. A similar loss to West Brom almost exactly a year ago turned out to be just a blip. Tuchel and Chelsea supporters are hoping this defeat by Brentford will ultimately act as a jolt to sharpen the side for the big challenges ahead. Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League has lasted that long, but just three months ago the Reds would never have dreamed of being second at the top. On January 15, they were 14 points behind Manchester City. At 2:22 p.m. on Saturday, they were two points ahead of the champions. At 4.52pm, City quickly reclaimed first place with a comfortable win at Burnley, but for Liverpool it was all about starting a massive month with the right result that perfectly hits the potential title decider at City next Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Liverpool's win over Watford was a case of work done and it continued as Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to a 2-0 win over the relegation strugglers. It wasn't a performance worthy of Klopp's 250th Premier League game in charge and the German later admitted he was 'not interested' in the performance. "We didn't play the best football possible today, but it was enough," he said. "I didn't expect us to fly - it's unlikely to be the best game of the season after the international break." But he knows his side need to tune in and play their best in the coming weeks. On Tuesday they travel to Lisbon to face Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals, followed by the trip to the Etihad on Sunday. The second leg against Benfica at Anfield takes place on April 13, before another match against Pep Guardiola's side in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 16. On April 19th, league home games against Manchester United Everton will follow on April 24th - both live on Sky Sports. Throw in a potential Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich or Villarreal on April 26 or 27 and it really is a blockbuster month for the Reds. The win over Watford will be a minor footnote, but it's a win that sets Klopp's side up for a crucial couple of weeks. James Maddison looked on as Gareth Southgate decided to pick the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher for England's international friendlies last month, but the Liecester midfielder provided the perfect answer at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old has had just one cap for his country, coming on as a substitute in the 7-0 win against Montenegro in November 2019, but he created twice as many chances as any other player in Saturday night's 1-1 draw. Maddison said of his World Cup ambitions: "As an English player, the World Cup is the pinnacle. I'm always thinking about what I can do better to get into the squad.” It's just about showing more consistency and influencing games more. I'm feeling really good, very confident and going into the games with that confidence and Marcus Rashford still struggling looking for a spark when they share the same spot, Southgate can have the undisputed qualities and that certain something that Maddison certainly owns, do not ignore. Burnley moved 4-4 away from their trademark -2 formation for the third time in the Premier League this season, with Dyche's plan to 'control' Man City by starting Jack Cork in place of Maxwel Cornet to bolster midfield , but the manager admitted his game plan was undone within five minutes thanks to De Bruyne's early goal. but from the outset Wout Weghorst had a particularly negative impact as a lone striker. The hulking Dutchman is no doubt a threat to opposition defences, but throwing long balls at him with no one around to attack second balls was an odd tactic, with Burnley only having three touches in opposition's penalty area in the first half recorded. Dyche seemed to acknowledge the problem in the second half, bringing on both Cornet and Jay Rodriguez and moving Josh Brownhill into a more advanced position, but it was little too late, especially against a Man City side who haven't lost a point from winning positions in the Premier League this season. Weghorst finished the game with zero shots, zero touches in the opponent's box and less than 50 percent of his aerial duels won, outlining the toothless nature of a Burnley attack relying on his aerial skills. With just 10 games remaining for Burnley to come from a four-point deficit over Everton - who have a game in hand - the responsibility lies with Dyche to get more of Weghorst's signing in January, who was signed to help the Avoid relegation but now has only one goal in 10 league games. Pep Guardiola said ahead of Manchester City's Burnley game that he and his players were aware they had been knocked off first place by Liverpool's early-game win over Watford. But the manager and his players could not have asked for a friendlier game to return to the top of the table as Man City have won their last nine games against Burnley by a aggregate score of 32-1. The Clarets deployed in a 4-5-1 formation to frustrate their visitors but Man City were quick to undermine that strategy thanks to Raheem Sterling's right wing raids and clever finishes from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. While Guardiola highlighted his side's inability to finish the game, he would probably privately admit his players lowered their intensity in the second half, with the three points all but certain and an impressive fixture list looming. The impressive De Bruyne and Phil Foden were withdrawn in the second half in what appeared to be an attempt to keep them fresh for Tuesday's visit to Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Man City then face their biggest game of the season so far on April 10 when Liverpool travel to the Etihad - live on Sky Sports - before flying to Madrid for the second leg against Atletico. They then face Liverpool again, this time at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the FA Cup Final. With so many season-defining games taking place in the coming weeks, a trip to Turf Moor seemed like the perfect opportunity for Man City to improve - an opportunity the champions capitalized on vigorously. Wolves had lost four of their previous six Premier League games before their deserved 2-1 derby win over Aston Villa at Molineux. After a 2-0 lead against Leeds and a 3-2 defeat in the last game before the international break, it looked as if an impressive debut season under head coach Bruno Lage was about to end. But despite the absence of suspended Raul Jimenez and injured Ruben Neves, Saturday's win over the West Midlands rivals - as well as mixed results from the teams around them - means they are still firmly in the hunt for European football. Now over West Ham ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, Wolves will qualify for next season's Europa Conference League if they can stay in seventh place - should Crystal Palace fail to win the FA Cup. With tough games still to come against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, games against Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Norwich will give Lage encouragement that his side can end the season strong. After reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 Europa League under former coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves can dream of playing in Europe again and if they can find some consistency in the run-in then they are well on their way to doing so. It's a question you would have answered with a resounding no a few months ago when Graham Potter's side were looking safe after a top 10 finish. However, no wins in their last seven games and just three wins in their last 24 league games have greatly derailed their season. It's perhaps a bit of a reality check for a club that doesn't spend the same money in the transfer market as the teams around them in the Premier League. One thing is for sure, and it has already been said, they need to find a forward they can rely on throughout the season. Neal Maupay has shown what he can do in bouts but that performance was another reminder of where Brighton need to invest in the summer. Brighton are now just a point better off than they were at the same point last season when they were 16th on 33 points. Chances and attractive football are created and served but this was another day where it was the same old story. Only Manchester City have managed to produce that many in one game this season and they won that game 7-0 against Leeds. Is there a better free-kick taker in world football right now than Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse? The England international added to his already packed repertoire of stunning free-kick goals to earn his side a point at Elland Road on Saturday. When referee Anthony Taylor awarded a free-kick to the visitors on the left side of the box, everyone on the ground knew what was to come, including Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier. However, it is one thing to know what is coming and quite another to stop it. The Frenchman found that out seconds later when he clawed the ball out of the net after Ward-Prowse's free-kick sailed over the wall and into the top left corner of the net. Incredibly, this is now the midfielder's 13th direct free-kick in the Premier League, taking him just five behind David Beckham at the top of the list and giving his side time to catch the former England captain.

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Loss at the Palace is a warning for the flimsy arsenal

With injuries piling up, Arsenal's defeat at Crystal Palace suggests Mikel Arteta's penchant for a small, tight-knit squad could backfire. (Author: Gardener)

PalaceLONDON -- It's been almost five years to the day since Arsene beat Wenger's Arsenal 3-0 at Crystal Palace, with away fans suggesting "you're not fit to wear the shirt" over underperforming full-back Hector to sing Bellerin. Monday's defeat, by the same score on the same ground, saw another chaotic display from defender Nuno Tavares, but it didn't provoke similar derision given the team's recent boost under Mikel Arteta. That sense of history repeating itself, however, will be a particular source of frustration for Arteta, who has focused much of his work since taking office in December 2019 on eradicating a culture of underachievement that began under Wenger and is reemerging here. A spirited Palace side brutally exploited Arsenal's shortcomings to produce a performance that raises serious questions about the Gunners' consistency in the race for a top-four Premier League finish. With no European or domestic cup football able to satiate a large squad, Arteta streamlined his group in January, allowing five players to leave the club without signing a single first-team, in the belief that a leaner arsenal would be better equipped to cope the only demand to meet is capitalizing on a promising position to secure qualification for the Champions League for the first time since 2017, the penultimate season under Wenger, which sees the club's 19-year stint in Europe's premier competition end went. Recent results - six wins in their last eight league games - make that look smart, but it would only take a couple of injuries to underline the greatness of this game and that's where Arteta is now. "The feeling he had wasn't really positive and that's what the scans showed, but we'll have to wait and see what happens," Arteta said. Tavares, his natural understudy, lasted just 34 minutes before being substituted in January's FA Cup third round defeat at Nottingham Forest. This time, in his first start since, he was withdrawn at the break and by that point Arsenal had already thrown in the towel. "We weren't at the races today and especially in the first half we were late with every ball, we were soft in the duels and didn't earn the right to play," said Arteta. We had no dominance, no sequences of play where we could control the game and we also conceded two poor goals so overall it's unacceptable, raise your hands, excuse me, regroup and tomorrow is a new day. Palace started with vibrancy and purpose, Jean-Philippe Mateta opened the scoring with a header in the 16th minute when Joachim Andersen saved a Conor Gallagher free-kick. Ben White's foul to give Gallagher a chance was bad, but Gabriel's Positioning eight minutes later was even worse when he failed to stop Andersen's pass to Jordan Ayew, who deflected a low shot past Aaron Ramsdale. Arsenal continued to lack conviction in their game and intensity in their pressing. Tavares was perhaps unhappy given the Gunners in the Pause to be singled out" collective uneasiness, a decision that feels greater given Tierney's likely absence. Arteta has other options at left-back, namely midfielder Granit Xhaka, who featured there in the second half, and Cedric Soares, who could switch from right-back if Takehiro Tomiyasu returns from a calf injury? Yet Tavares must now overcome another humiliation, which Arteta explained as a "tactical reason... I'm sorry, it was Nuno again but we had to do it" and the Portugal youth international could still be in the last nine games, considering how stretched the squad can be. The Ghanaian midfielder lost the ball to Wilfried Zaha late in the second half and limped on. Zaha charged forward and was clipped by Martin Odegaard in the penalty area, earning a penalty which he saved just after Partey limped away injured, clutching his thigh. "He felt something in the same area where he had previously injured himself, so it's a big concern," Arteta said. Arsenal did improve in the second half but while the supporting cast previously equalized Alexandre Lacazette's modest goal return, Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all failed to convert presentable chances that could have sparked a revival. It was a poor night for Arsenal's goal difference, comparable to Tottenham Hotspur who ended the weekend in fourth place and have now emerged as the Gunners' most serious rivals for that top four spot. Palace's shutout completed a seven-goal swing in Spurs' favor here. He was considered for the job at Arsenal following Wenger's departure and on the basis of this evidence will certainly be a candidate to return to his former club in the future, although Arteta is still right in expecting the club to do well overall despite a difficult night remains on an upward trend. However, he will keep Arsenal's history in mind. Arteta has regularly spoken about the bond with supporters and he applauded the full-time away team, many of whom stayed to show their support. Still, Arsenal bounced back from losing to Palace in 2016-17 by winning seven of their last eight league games. Despite also winning the FA Cup, the Gunners missed out on a top-four finish against Spurs - losing in the run-in to their bitter rivals and falling short by a single point.

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The Gunners left the race after the perfect Palace as the top 4 race heats up

Match report and free highlights as goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew and a penalty from Wilfried Zaha shake Arsenal; Tottenham are fourth on goal difference but Arsenal have a game in hand (Author: Gardener)

PalaceArsenal's top-four hopes were severely dashed by a 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace that leaves Tottenham in fourth place after the Premier League weekend. The Gunners may have a game against their north London rivals but this was an atypical performance from Mikel Arteta's side, with goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew in the first half and a Wilfried Zaha penalty handed in in the second half The fantastic Palace celebrated only their second win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park since 1980. The rearranged and postponed Spurs-Arsenal derby, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on May 12, is shaping up to be a potentially decisive encounter in the race for the Champions League qualification. Crystal Palace have now lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions as former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira continues to do well. Arteta, who apologized to fans for the performance, was asked after the game if one of the reasons for the defeat was the pressure Tottenham put on her in the top-four race. We didn't play today, it's as simple as that. We still have one game left. A lot will happen in the nine games. Buoyed by three of their players - Conor Gallagher, Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi - who won caps for England during the international break, Palace were aggressive from the first whistle. That desire to win the second balls forced the opening goal when Mateta headed home from close range after Joachim Andersen forced the ball over the goal without knowing too much about it. Palace are yet to be beaten when they scored the first Premier League goal and only Wolves have taken fewer points than Arsenal from lost positions, so it wasn't too surprising to see Palace double their lead before the break. Ayew galloped towards a crisp pass from Andersen that separated Gabriel and Nuno Tavares and scored just his second goal in his last 55 Premier League games. Arsenal haven't come back from a two-goal deficit at half-time in 14 years to win in the Premier League and Arteta retired the ineffective Tavares, who started in place of the injured Kieran Tierney, with Gabriel Martinelli taking second place from the Bank was appointed half. Arsenal needed 67 minutes to create a significant chance against a well-rehearsed Palace side when Martin Odegaard shot wide from just 10 yards out, but any hope of a comeback was dashed when Odegaard fouled Zaha in the box. Eddie Nketiah hit the bar with a nice late performance but it was just one of those nights for Arteta's lethargic side that not many people saw coming. Arteta's team came into this game with five straight wins, scoring 14 goals. For the first time in many years, real hope has been sparked in the supporter community that this young team could take the club back to the glory days of yesteryear. Where did this performance come from in the first half? The only change in outfield since their last win at Aston Villa was at left-back, with Tavares replacing the injured Tierney, who picked up a knee injury on international duty for Scotland after playing in both friendlies. Arteta said: "He came back from international duty and felt something wrong in his knee. He's going to the specialist on Tuesday and hopefully we'll know more but it doesn't look good." It's hard to say Tavares' uptake was the reason behind the side's lack of rhythm, but the inexperienced full-back looked miles off the pace - as he did on his last appearance when he lost after just 35 minutes in the FA Cup Defeat against Nottingham Forest Jamie Carragher said during the break: "I think Nuno Tavares has to go," said Jamie Carragher, "It's his fault for the second goal. But you have to admire Ayew's goal from Palace's point of view. "As a young player you are taught to think that the player next to you is a fool or a bad player. Tavares stops believing Gabriel will knock it out, but Ayew keeps running." Tavares' performance was a stark reminder of the work still to be done at Arsenal to strengthen the squad. In fact, the 22-year-old was replaced by Martinelli at half-time, with Granit Xhaka moving to the left-back position. It certainly helped her performance in the second third, but not enough to even threaten a comeback. Asked if Tavares' withdrawal could affect the player's confidence, Arteta said: "Today it was just a tactical reason. Arteta slammed his team's performance, admitting they weren't physically competing with Palace. He told Sky Sports: "Congratulations to Palace for the game they played but we made it impossible for ourselves with the way we started. They came on top and had a good atmosphere and we couldn't get out. "When we had the big chances we didn't score to give ourselves the best chance to get back in the game. First we have to put our hands up and get the criticism we deserve, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira said : "We played a really good football game. We scored at key moments in the game. We needed a strong team performance and we managed that, so we're very happy. We defended very well going forward and took advantage of chances to score. "This football club is all about supporting the team and when we're home we really feel that. "Crystal Palace was excellent. "It could be a damaging result for Arsenal but I'm sure Mikel Arteta will work on a reaction and make sure this game is sidelined. “You have a lot of important games ahead of you and you are still in pole position. I just think they have so many young players that it could hurt them. Tottenham have a bit more experience which could help them get over the line. "It's a bad night for Arsenal - the way they lost, not just the three points, but I think it's very important that they don't panic, there's no hysteria. They're still in a really good position - a better position than Tottenham and Manchester United. "They just won five away games straight away, so you're talking about 15 points from 18 away games. They would have taken that from the six away games. "It was a bad one and the concern is that this could happen two or three more times. Other teams will be encouraged by Palace's style of play. "I think it's going to be a really big boost for Tottenham and United tonight - not just Arsenal losing points but how they lost. "I think Tottenham have the better games. They obviously got Arsenal to come to them as well. “Even if you take that game out, there is no doubt in my mind that Tottenham have the better games. I mean, I think two or three months ago we were asked on this show and I said Tottenham at the time, but yesterday I said Arsenal. “It changes all the time. "I think the fact that Arsenal's game against Chelsea is away is a bit worrying." * Crystal Palace just celebrated their second win in their last 18 Premier League derby games in London (U8 N8), also defeating Tottenham 3-0 in September of this season. * Arsenal lost for only their fifth time and for the first time in one 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in April 2017 at Selhurst Park a Premier League London derby by a margin of 3+ goals. * Ayew has scored four Premier League goals against Arsenal, his best tally against opponents in the competition (also 4 against Watford and West Ham). * Anderson has recorded two assists in the same game with a European League Big Five team for the first time in all competitions. * Only Raheem Sterling (23) and Jamie Vardy (21) have scored more penalties than Zaha (18) in Premier League history. Arsenal host Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday April 9; Kick-off 3 p.m. Next up for Crystal Palace is a trip to Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday 10 April; Kick-off 2 p.m.

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The Gunners left the race after the perfect Palace as the top 4 race heats up

Match report and free highlights as goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew and a penalty from Wilfried Zaha shake Arsenal; Tottenham are fourth on goal difference but Arsenal have a game in hand (Author: Gardener)

PalaceArsenal's top-four hopes were severely dashed by a 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace that leaves Tottenham in fourth place after the Premier League weekend. The Gunners may have a game against their north London rivals but this was an atypical performance from Mikel Arteta's side, with goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew in the first half and a Wilfried Zaha penalty handed in in the second half The fantastic Palace have recorded only their second win against Arsenal since 1980 at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have now lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions as former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira continues to do well. Buoyed by three of their players - Conor Gallagher, Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi - who won caps for England during the international break, Palace were aggressive from the first whistle. That desire to win the second balls forced the opening goal when Mateta headed home from close range after Joachim Andersen forced the ball over the goal without knowing too much about it. Palace are yet to be beaten when they scored the first Premier League goal and only Wolves have taken fewer points than Arsenal from lost positions, so it wasn't too surprising to see Palace double their lead before the break. Ayew galloped towards a crisp pass from Andersen that separated Gabriel and Nuno Tavares and scored just his second goal in his last 55 Premier League games. Arsenal haven't come back from a two-goal deficit at half-time in 14 years to win in the Premier League and Arteta retired the ineffective Tavares, who started in place of the injured Kieran Tierney, with Gabriel Martinelli taking second place from the Bank was appointed half. Arsenal needed 67 minutes to create a significant chance against a well-rehearsed Palace side when Martin Odegaard shot wide from just 10 yards out, but any hope of a comeback was dashed when Odegaard fouled Zaha in the box. Arteta's team came into this game with five straight wins, scoring 14 goals. For the first time in many years, real hope has been sparked in the supporter community that this young team could take the club back to the glory days of yesteryear. The only change in outfield since their last win at Aston Villa was at left-back, with Tavares replacing the injured Tierney, who picked up a knee injury on international duty for Scotland after playing in both friendlies. Arteta said: "He came back from the national team and felt something was wrong with his knee. It's hard to say that Tavares' shot was the reason for the team's lack of rhythm, but the inexperienced full-back seemed miles off the pace - "Like his last appearance when he was substituted after just 35 minutes in the FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest. It was his indecisiveness, along with Gabriel, that ensured Ayew cleared space and doubled Palace's lead. "I think Nuno Tavares has to go," said Jamie Carragher at the break. But from Palace's point of view, you have to admire Ayew's goal. Tavares' performance was a stark reminder of the work that Arsenal still needed to do to to strengthen the squad.Indeed, the 22-year-old was replaced at half-time by Martinelli, with Granit Xhaka moving up to left-back position.* Crystal Palace just celebrated their second win in their last 18 Premier League derby games in London (U8 N8) and defeated Tottenham, also 3–0, in September of that season. * Arsenal lost a Premier League London derby by a margin of 3 for only the fifth time and for the first time since a 3–0 loss to Crystal Palace in April 2017 at Selhurst Park + goals * Ayew has scored four Premier League goals against Arsenal, his best tally against an opponent in the competition (also 4 against Watford and West Ham) * Anderson has scored for the first time in all bets apply to score two assists in the same game with a European League Big Five team. * Only Raheem Sterling (23) and Jamie Vardy (21) have scored more penalties than Zaha (18) in Premier League history. Arsenal host Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday April 9; Kick-off 3 p.m. Next up for Crystal Palace is a trip to Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday 10 April; Kick-off 2 p.m.

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Should Scott McTominay have been sent off?

Dermot Gallagher dissects the big hot spots of the weekend's action on Ref Watch. (Author: Gardener)

Scott McTominayScott McTominay was booked for that tackle against Leicester midfielder James Maddison Dermot Gallagher. He analyzes the weekend's big flashpoints and explains why he thought Scott McTominay was lucky not to be sent off during Manchester's draw with Leicester City. INCIDENT: Scott McTominay has a loose touch then lunges at James Maddison to try and win the ball. He scores with the Leicester midfielder's boot and referee Andre Marriner shows McTominay a yellow card. VAR looked at the incident and agreed on the pitch decision but should it have been red? DERMOT SAYS: McTominay is very lucky. He caught Maddison, who was very lucky not to get injured, the speed, the intensity, the way he swings. Boot to boot comes as Maddison lifts off the ground, which is lucky for him. When viewed by VAR I don't think this is a clear and obvious case, I think it's subjective. Since the referee is of the opinion that it is not a red card, this does not necessarily mean that the VAR cannot upgrade it to a red card. Sue Smith: "It's an orange card. Stephen Warnock: "If Maddison goes into it, if he goes full blood, then he hurts himself because the other player is out of control. I think it's probably a red card.” Gallagher: “A great point from VAR” INCIDENT: James Maddison scores to put Leicester ahead but the goal is ruled out for a foul on Raphael Varane by Kelechi Iheanacho in the build-up. Was it the right decision to refuse the goal and award a free kick to Manchester United? DERMOT SAYS: That's a great point from VAR. The VAR is obliged to tell the referee that he saw a foul. Sue Smith: "It's frustrating for Leicester fans but it's a foul." INCIDENT: Pablo Fornals fouls Everton's Richarlison, who goes down. Cresswell is shown a yellow card and VAR agreed with the decision but should the left-back have been sent off? DERMOT SAYS: That's a huge risk for Cresswell, why would you do that? The free kick has been awarded, leave it to the referee and assistants. If you watch it you can understand why Cresswell gave it a small chance because the ball was there. Stephen Warnock: “I agree with Dermot, he's stupid for what he's trying to do. I wouldn't have been surprised if a red card had been shown." Sue Smith: "I thought it was a red card. INCIDENT: At a Liverpool corner, Watford defender Cucho Hernandez pulls Diego Jota down in the box. Referee Stuart Attwell does not see it and play resumes before the VAR orders the referee to watch the incident on the pitchside monitor. He misses a penalty to Liverpool which Fabinho scores. Watford manager Roy Hodgson claimed VAR is "not about" punishing these incidents after no Liverpool player conceded a penalty. DERMOT SAYS: It's a penalty and I'd like to see more of it. That's exactly what VAR is for, because the referee would never see that. Cucho wrestles him to the ground, he has no intention of playing the ball, he never looks at it. Stephen Warnock: No one is saying that because everyone has their eyes on the ball and it's in the background of the picture. That's what VAR is for. Sue Smith: That was a definite penalty, it's like a rugby tackle.

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