Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha's two-year spell at Manchester United was not a success

Wilfried Zaha’s two-year spell at Manchester United was not a success

Then, not long after that, James McArthur scored a goal from a poorly-defended set piece.

Arsenal have won each of their last six London derbies at home in the Premier League, their best such run in the competition since 11 straight victories between December 2001 and November 2003.

'We need to protect our players and to use other players.

Roy Hodgson said Wilfried Zaha's brilliant showing against Arsenal "was not the performance of a guy who wants to get away from his club" after a weekend of intensified speculation over his future.

"But we've had plenty of big opportunities before today, plenty of key moments, that give us the opportunity to achieve our first target, to play in the Champions League next year".

Shkodran Mustafi produced a string of mistakes on a day to forget in the Easter sun in north London, but boss Emery refused to lay the blame at the feet of the Germany defender.

"I don't place so much importance on those stories, I should do", Hodgson said of Zaha's admission.

Following their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier this season, Crystal Palace are looking to avoid defeat in both league meetings with Arsenal in a campaign for the first time since 1979-80.

The 28-year-old revealed his delight at ending that lengthy wait, as Palace secured their top-flight safety for another year.

'I'm happy about my performance this afternoon because it's not just the goal; we work really hard, myself and Wilf up front.

The goal above also happened to be Benteke's 70th Premier League goal in his 200th game, his 69th coming 19 appearances ago against Leicester City way back in April 2018. I know when I'm in form, when I'm 100 per cent fit, I know what I'm capable of doing'.

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