It was a better forgotten afternoon for Arsenal as their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a cracking setback in the hands of visiting Crystal Palace who punished the Gunners for its lacklustre performance to claim a shock 3-2 win Sunday afternoon.
Early in the game, the Gunners, who can also play in the lucrative champion league by winning the Europa League, fell behind to Christian Benteke’s first goal in a year before Mesut Ozil equalised early in the second half off a move engineered by Alex Iwobi.
It was the much-maligned Benteke’s first goal since he scored against Leicester in April 2018, ending the Belgian striker’s 19-game drought in his 200th Premier League appearance.
It was a Shkodran Mustafi’s master blunder that allowed Wilfried Zaha to put the visitors back in front.
Mustafi was guilty of appealing for offside rather than following Benteke for the goal and the centre-back produced another costly miscue moments later when he headed over from close-range.
James McArthur took advantage of more woeful Arsenal defending to make it three and, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit, it was too late to stop Palace’s first league win at Arsenal since October 1994.
Arsenal sit in fourth place, level on points with Chelsea, who will go above them if they avoid defeat against Burnley on Monday.