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Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace: Palace stun Gunners as James McArthur nets winner

Crystal Palace star Christain Benteke hadn’t scored for 358 days before this clash at Arsenal.

Ninety minutes later: Benteke’s goal drought was over, Palace were mathematically safe and Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League qualification, were hanging in the balance as they suffered a shock home loss to the Eagles. 

Palace rode their luck at times, particularly during the closing stages as the Gunners pressed for a leveller.

But Hodgson’s men were well worth their three points here.

As a result, Palace can start planning for next season knowing they’ll be a Premier League outfit.

Unai Emery, though, will be counting the cost of missing out a golden opportunity to take a firm grip on a top-four place.

The Arsenal manager made a total of seven changes to the team that conjured one of the best results in the Spaniard’s reign against Napoli on Saturday.

You could understand the Gunners manager’s thought process. The win in Naples was physically and mentally taxing, alterations, in Emery’s mind, were probably necessary.

But so were the points in the race for a top four place. Manchester United’s humiliation at Goodison Park earlier in the afternoon would have served as motivation to Arsenal, as would the prospect leapfrogging arch rivals Tottenham into third.

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