Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four have been dented after Crystal Palace came to Emirates Stadium and beat them 3-2.
Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur were the scorers for the away side, while the Gunners pulled things back twice with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finding the net.
Palace took the lead in the 17th minute when Benteke was left unmarked to head the ball in from a Luka Milivojevic delivery.
Two minutes into the second half, Ozil equalised for the home side with a clever finish. Alexandre Lacazette nicely found him with a through ball.
Roy Hodgson’s men restored their lead, though, this time with help from Shkodran Mustafi. The defender’s mistake was capitalised on by Zaha who scored in the 61st minute.
Eight minutes later, Palace made it 3-1 when McArthur was left unmarked to head home at the far post.
Aubameyang scored later to reduce the deficit and give Arsenal fans some hope, but the away side stuck out and took all three points.
This defeat means the Gunners remain fourth, but level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea, who entertain Burnley tomorrow.
Arsenal’s game in hand is at Wolves on Wednesday, which won’t be easy.
Here’s how we rated their players today:
Bernd Leno - 6
Couldn’t have done much to save either goals. Made two good saves to keep the team in the game.
Carl Jenkinson - 4
Couldn’t keep Zaha down and conceded possession in dangerous areas. A committed performance but lacked quality. Subbed off at half-time.
Shkodran Mustafi - 3
He was a train-wreck today and made a bad mistake to allow Zaha to score. Not a great day in the office for the German.
Laurent Koscielny - 5
Defended well on several occasions but his communication skills were poor. Being the captain and the leading defender in the team, he needs to do more to keep the team composed at the back.
Konstantinos Mavropanos - 4
The youngster struggled to defend at times. His eagerness to be aggressive doesn’t work all the time. Subbed off at half-time as Emery wanted to change to four at the back.
Sead Kolasinac - 4
His crossing and composure in wide areas have been below par for some time now. He is not good defensively either.
Matteo Guendouzi - 4
The youngster tries to force the issue a bit too much at times. His positioning off the ball was questionable as well. Fared better when Lucas Torreira came on.
Mohamed Elneny - 3
Another nothing performance from the Egypt international. Subbed off in the second half.
Mesut Ozil - 7
Took his chance well to equalise for the Gunners. Whenever he came deep to link-up play, the home side looked dangerous. Unfortunately, those instances were few and far between.
Alexandre Lacazette - 7
Assisted the equaliser, worked hard off the ball and remained a threat in the final third — the best out of a bad bunch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 6
Scored a great goal to bring his team back in the game, but he went missing for most parts.
(SUB) Alex Iwobi - 5
Came on at half-time, tried his best to create chances but the final ball quality was lacking. Could have a rescued a point later on with a shot on goal, but his effort was tame.
(SUB) Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 6
Came on and made the difference at right-back. Burst forward and certainly had a better impact as compared to Jenkinson.
(SUB) Lucas Torreira - 4
Came on with 22 minutes left to calm things down in midfield. He managed to do that to some extent.