Gunners got a harsh beating at the hands of relegation battlers Crystal Palace who got a convincing 3-0 win over sloppy Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Monday, ending their 38 years wait for a win over the North London club at home.
Wenger led side hadn’t lost away to the Crystal Palace in the top-flight since November 1979 (W6 D5). Andros Townsend converted Wilfried Zaha’s miss to give Crystal Palace the lead at half time.
While two second-half goals by Yohan Cabaye and Milivojević’s penalty kick after Townsend was gotten down in the 18-yard box by Arsenal third choice goalkeeper Martinez ensured Arsene Wenger’s fantasy of a UEFA Champions League qualification endured another setback.
Arsène Wenger named an unaltered side for the London derby at Crystal Palace. Emi Martinez kept his place in goal with Petr Cech and David Ospina still sidelined, and Gabriel proceeded at the centre back with Laurent Koscielny out with injury
Danny Welbeck leads Arsenal attack with Alexis on the left and Theo Walcott on the right,.Olivier Giroud, who scored a tremendous scorpion kick in the first leg of against Palace on New years’ day was among the substitutes.
However, Arsene Wenger has never led Arsenal to finish in the fifth position, WhileSam Allardyce has a pleased record of not being relegated from the top flight.