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What we have learned from Arsenal's shambolic 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Tuesday 11th April 2017
In what can be described as the worst result of the season, Arsenal were emphatically thrashed by a relegation battling Crystal Palace team. Arsène Wenger's men left Selhurst Park with a 3-0 defeat accredited to their name.

The Gunners now sit 7 points behind 4th placed Manchester City with the real possibility they'll be playing on Thursday nights next season.

Here are 3 things we learnt about Arsenal from the shambolic result.

Hector Bellerin is a shot of confidence

When fans are booing players off the pitch you know things have truly hit rock-bottom. Ever since the Spanish youngster signed a lucrative new contract at the club, his form has been shambolic. Perhaps the money has got to his head or it could be that there's more spotlight on him, either way, he's not been the player of last season.

Against Crystal Palace, the 22-year old showed us how not to defend as a full-back. There were too many times when he bombed up the pitch to support the attack, forcing Shkodran Mustafi to cover for him, subsequently leaving holes in the middle. This allowed Palace to expose space down the flanks all through the game, leading to two of their goals. If this defensive naivety continues, it's clear that Arsenal will be shipping more goals come the end of the season.

Shkodran Mustafi is not the defender we thought he was

In a match where Arsenal's poor defensive organisation was once again the centre of attention, Shkodran Mustafi typified everything wrong with Arsenal's defensive system. There were far too many occasions where the 24-year old made irrational decisions that left his defensive partners vulnerable.

For this game, the stats genuinely do tell the story, Mustafi committed two fouls, received a yellow card and lost 50% of his aerial duels in the game. The lad was basically chasing & tackling shadows all game. Crystal Palace were able to expose the gaping holes in Arsenal's defence all due to Mustafi's hot-headed positioning and erratic tackling.

For all three goals, Palace scored, the fault could be squarely put at the feet of the German. His refusal to consider his teammates when making decisions cost them dearly and it's clear he doesn't think before acting. Without Laurent Koscielny by his side to guide him, the former World Cup winner resembled the quality of a League One defender.

Emiliano Martinez is a gem

Emiliano Martinez has kept three clean sheets in the five games he's started this season. That's a 60% success rate, compared to the 20% for Ospina and 31% for Petr Cech. Despite the embarrassing scoreline, the youngster was the only shining light in a dismal display.

Alongside Nacho Monreal, Emiliano Martinez was the only player to show some sort of confidence at the back. The 24-year old didn't panic when pressed by the Palace forwards neither did he lose his head when his defenders left him exposed. He decided to instead take things into his own hands by aerially dominating the six-yard box. Three shots may have gone past him but it could have been six if either of the two other keepers were between the sticks.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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