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Allardyce factor the difference for Palace, says Townsend

Emiliano Martinez celebrates on his knees Emiliano Martinez has kept three clean sheets in four appearances for Arsenal this season
Montrelle Montesinos | 11 Abril, 2017, 10:54

"What we say in the dressing room remains in the dressing room".

Arsenal remained seven points back of fourth-placed Manchester City, but Wenger said the result didn't change his thoughts on his still-to-be-determined future plans. Palace, now six points clear of the relegation zone, recently won at leaders Chelsea and it quickly became clear they were capable of another famous scalp. We're full of confidence and we were confident we could do it tonight after the win at Chelsea.

With all of their rivals winning over the weekend Arsenal needed a win to stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot, but goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic ensured the Gunners left Selhurst Park empty handed. "Recently we have conceded goals, and I've always said it's a team problem, not a defender's problem". "I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it's more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one", Wenger said in the press conference.

"It wasn't a shock tonight in terms of our performance for me", said Palace boss Sam Allardyce. We have to respond. We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances. For the first 68 minutes, the Gunners were flat, but from that moment until the end of the game they looked completely deflated.

"Tactically the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal", Allardyce told Sky Sports.

The visitors' fans reacted furiously to this 3-0 loss, only their second ever to Palace at Selhurst Park, with their captain, Theo Walcott, apologising for the manner of this spineless performance.

Harrying Arsenal out of possession, Sam Allardyce's side carved out a good chance when Christian Benteke teed up Milivojevic for a powerful strike that flashed just wide from the edge of the area. The Eagles are hoping to avoid relegation down to the Championship league while Arsenal, once contenders for the title, are hoping to limp towards a Top Four finish.

Arsene Wenger admits that his Arsenal side were not defensively sound enough to handle Crystal Palace's attack.

Townsend opened the scoring in the 17th minute, being first to Zaha's cross through the center of the box. Every player, whether they're a top player on not, feels the frailties of that when they're not on the best of form and the best run of results and if you can take advantage of that, that's fine.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp; McArthur, Milivojevic, Puncheon; Zaha, Benteke, Townsend.

"We like a player coming on TV, but this thing about "well done for coming on and being honest" - shut up talking about what happened after the game".