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Premier League 2017/18: Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal, Player Ratings

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Andros Townsend couldn't help his side get one over Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's men secured a vital three points halting Crystal Palace's record-breaking 8-game winning streak in the Premier League with a 3-2 win.

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi scored the opener before Palace levelled minutes into the second half thanks to a lovely finish from former Tottenham man, Andros Townsend. A double from Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a commanding lead only for the home side to scare the Gunners thanks to a late second goal from James Tomkins.

Unfortunately for Palace, Arsenal held on. Here's how the players fared:

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni - 6/10

All the three goals he conceded tonight against the Gunners came at his near post. Did produce a couple of saves b

ut should've saved a lot more.

Jeffrey Schlupp - 7/10

Did well in the second half constantly threating Arsenal's defence and should've had an assist or two but for the opposing centre-backs. Promising signs.

Scott Dann - 6/10

Got beaten too easily everytime Arsenal attacked down the centre. Never quite looked firm throughout the game.

James Tomkins - 7.5/10

His inconsistency in the back was made up by his thumping goal in the second half. Gave Crystal Palace hope with that strike but unfortunately, it didn't pan out completely.

Martin Kelly - 6/10

Never got into the game and even though he did a decent job with Sanchez in the second half, he was taken off for a more attacking option by Roy Hodgson.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek - 6/10

Hardly ever saw a contribution from the Chelsea man and he'll need to improve if he still harbours a chance of making it in Antonio Conte's first team.

Luka Milivojevic - 7/10

Had a game-high seven interceptions and put in five successful tackles but was often overrun in midfield by the way Arsenal were set up.

Yohan Cabaye - 6/10

It's been a slow but sure fall from grace for the French international. Well past his prime and taken off seven minutes into the second half.

Andros Townsend - 8/10

Crystal Palace's best player of the night. Linked-up well with his forwards and scored thanks to a lovely finish to bring his side back into the game.

Wilfred Zaha - 6.5/10

All flash, no substance - except for that assist for Palace's equaliser.

Christian Benteke - 6/10

Back from his ban and back into the kind of form he showed in the first half of the year. Not good, if you're wondering.

Substitutes

James McArthur - 6.5/10

Came on for Cabaye and didn't really improve the side but did record one key pass to his name.

Bakary Sako - 6.5/10

Did give Palace a chance to score - through Zaha - but did nothing much else to earn himself a better rating.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah - 6/10

Played the last ten minutes of the game but couldn't help his side earn a point.

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