Apr 11, 2017

Three things learnt from Crystal Palace’s 3-0 demolition of Arsenal

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It was a shock on Monday as Crystal Palace ran out convincing 3-0 winners against Arsenal.

This was a game that the Gunners needed to win as they chase down a Champions League place, but they failed to show up and the pressure will increase on Arsene Wenger as a result.

They showed the same weaknesses that they have shown all season and it doesn’t look like the Frenchman has the solutions.

Here are three things that we learnt on Monday night at Selhurst Park…

Alexis Sanchez doesn’t look interested

The Chilean has had a mixed season this year and the endless speculation about his future hasn’t helped. On Monday, he was the player that Arsenal were looking at for inspiration, but he couldn’t deliver the quality in the final third that we all know he possesses.

He caused problems with his movement and running with the ball, completing five dribbles during the match. Although there was no lack of effort from the 28-year-old, he lacked the passion on the pitch that he showed earlier in the season.

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At times, it looked like he wasn’t fully focused and it is obvious that he won’t be at the club at the beginning of next season.

There will be a lot of talk about the futures of various figures at the club. Sanchez will be one of them but what is next for him seems a lot clearer cut than others at the club. He has been linked with Chelsea and this result has made it even less likely that he will stay at the Emirates Stadium.

At his age, he needs to be playing at the highest level and competing for trophies. He has given Arsenal the chance to show ambition, but they continue to stagnate and it looks like he is no longer fully committed to the club.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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