Crystal Palace capitalised on a shocking defensive display from Arsenal on Sunday afternoon to win 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Emirates and mathematically ensure their Premier League status for another season.
Christian Benteke scored his first goal in nearly a year to give Roy Hodgson’s side the lead early on, after he was left unmarked from a Palace free kick.
Mesut Ozil equalised two minutes into the second half as Arsenal came out flying following the break, but poor defending from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Wilfried Zaha to restore Palace’s lead on the hour mark.
James McArthur added a third nine minutes later as the Gunners failed to deal with another set piece, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for Unai Emery’s side.
Palace held on for victory however, and here’s how we rated Palace’s performance against Arsenal.
Vicente Guaita - 6
The Palace keeper made a good save to deny Mesut Ozil early on, but perhaps could’ve done more to deny the German from equalising in the second half. Made a crucial intervention from Ozil’s cross to deny Alexandre Lacazette late on.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 6
Another consistent performance from the full back.
Martin Kelly - 6
Was slightly unfortunate in the build up to Aubameyang’s goal with the ball deflecting off him into the strikers path.
Scott Dann - 7
A consistent performance from the defender who got the crucial flick on in the build up to the third goal
Joel Ward - 5
The full back looked a little off the pace.
James McArthur - 7
The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to add Palace’s third.
Cheikhou Kouyate - 6
A solid display from the midfielder.
Luka Milivojevic - 7
Palace’s captain played big part in both the first and third goals respectively in a solid midfield display. He did limp off with an injury late on, which could be a worry for Hodgson.
Max Meyer - 6
Another who had a good game.
Wilfried Zaha - 7
Capitalised on Mustafi’s mistake to restore Palace’s lead in another good performance against a top six side.
Christian Benteke - 7
The Belgian opened the scoring for Palace and won the header in the build up to Zaha’s goal.
Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew – 6 – Both put in a shift after coming on as substitutes with 10 minutes remaining.
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