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Summary

  1. Win takes Palace six points above bottom three
  2. Arsenal remain seven points off top four
  3. Townsend pounces from six yards to give Palace lead
  4. Cabaye curls in second from 18 yards
  5. Milivojevic penalty after Martinez fouls Townsend

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By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal

Right then, that's your lot from me for tonight. But if you're just catching up feel free to scroll on down to where it all begins, or ends, for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. 

Until the next time - the Champions League is back tomorrow. See you then. 

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And the Daily Star and Sun with their take:

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A sneak at the Times' back page tomorrow...

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We'd all thought it.

'Palace wanted it more than us'

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Arsenal skipper-for-the-night Theo Walcott, speaking to Sky Sports:  "We thought we had bounced back from that bad patch with the draw against Manchester City and win against West Ham. It doesn't look like it after this.

"That wasn't us tonight. We are all disappointed in the changing room, like the fans are - we let them down.

"We don't go out there to lose games, we work the best we can. Tonight it didn't happen. We can only apologise. 

"They wanted it more. You could sense that from the kick-off."

'It shows we can beat the big teams'

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Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, speaking to Sky Sports: "We’re buzzing. It’s a great win. It's a massive confidence boost. It shows that if you have a plan you can beat the big teams. You have to run the whole game and when you get your chance, take it.

"When the second goal went in we felt we could go on and win this comfortably. The win is massive."

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James:  Wenger has the lost the fans and now the players, it's clear they don't want him there do the decent king and resign it was embarrassing tonight.  

Photogenic: Players need to take massive amount of blame, no backbone. But they are Wenger's team so he is responsible.

Ryan: Say what you want about Wenger, but he has a great head of hair for a man of his age and under his pressure.

'It's a damaging result'

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Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "They were sharper than us in many decisive situations. It's not the right moment to analyse. We had a lot of the ball, a lot of possession. We won many second balls as well but in the decisive duels they were stronger, yes. 

"It's damaging, of course. On that front that is the most difficult for us. It has consequences on our chances to be in the top four.

"You understand that our fans are very unhappy. They came here with the hope they'd win the game.

"Every defeat is a big worry. I've managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we're not used to losing like that. It's a big worry. Unfortunately it is like that and we have to respond very quickly and not accept it.

"I'm disappointed and determined to put things right. Tonight the worry is not me, it's the fact we lost a big game and that's a big worry."

'I face these questions in every press conference'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "We lost too many duels and we paid for that. There is no obvious reason why. We prepared and everyone prepared well. It's difficult to explain just after the game.

"I don't think my players didn't want it, but we lost duels in decisive moments and that's how games are decided at this level.

"I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight. It's very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game. Palace were sharp, they beat Chelsea the other day, and that shows they have quality.

"We are in a difficult position. The game tonight doesn't help."

On questions about his future : "I face it in every press conference at the moment but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it. At the moment I pay more respect to the fact we had a disappointing result. What counts is how we perform on the pitch, the players and myself and I feel evryone is focused in the club to do it."

Asked if uncertainty about his future is affecting the players: "No, I don't think so."

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Adnaan:  Alternatives? Simeone, Allegri, Koeman. Pay the right amount and give the new manager funds and then there are plenty of options.

James in London:  It's one thing losing 4 away games in a row, but Arsenal conceded 3 goals in all four of them ,

Martin:  Almost sad - watching the fall of a dynasty.

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Christopher David:  Well at least we won't have to worry about getting knocked out in the second round of Champions League next season. 

Ash Williams: If Wenger is thinking of staying the players should be fighting for him but they're not. They seem ready for a change.

Kunal Bhandari: Anyone who still supports Wenger is a Wenger fan, not an Arsenal fan. Going backwards.

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Arsene Wenger is of course again asked about his future in his post-match interview - and of course he's still not saying anything. He starts off feisty and frustrated but ends up striking a more conciliatory tone. He's clearly saddened by this result. Full quotes to come.

'It's not a shock for me'

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports:  "Tactically the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal. The first thing was to defend and frustrate them, keep them playing sideways, then use the space behind the full-backs. Arsenal have been weak defensively, they leave the centre-backs exposed.

"We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances. Cabaye's goal, what a finish - and that was down to us pressing them. It wasn't a shock for me because we played Chelsea and won that game. The result might be a shock, but we did that again and did it better. We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well. Everything worked perfectly for us today."

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Palace could move up to 10th with victory in their game in hand...

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'An incredible victory'

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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend:  "It was an incredible victory. We're full of confidence and we were confident we could do it tonight after the win at Chelsea.

"We had to work extremely hard. We knew the pressure was off and we could hit them on the counter attack.

"The plan was about getting the ball to Christian Benteke and then getting the bits off him. We implemented that to a tee.

"We need to get our heads back in the game and focus on Saturday now. We need to get another three points against Leicester to help us towards survival. We didn't do that after we beat Chelsea, which cancelled out that result.

"Sam Allardyce has been incredible. I was on the wrong end of the Sam Allardyce factor when I was at Newcastle last season but he looks to have worked his magic and hopefully we can get enough points to surive."

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And this doesn't pick up Everton - who are level on points with Arsenal in seventh, having played two games more.

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Sri Gutta: Sack Wenger? Name the alternative who can give success without zillions.

James: 28% possession and they had 6 more shots than Arsenal. What an embarrassment. That's Arsene's tactics all over, useless Manager

no-one: On the plus side, 2 games on the trot with no yellow card for Xhaka.

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Barry: Uninspired, insipid, football has evolved, beginning to realise Wenger hasn't. And that's from a staunch Wenger supporter.  

George:  Witnessing the downside of letting a manager become too ingrained in the club. The cycle is ending. Arsenal, get off the bike.   

Chris in Herts:  Wenger's position is surely untenable now?  

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For Crystal Palace, add this to that brilliant win at Stamford Bridge for a sense of how Sam Allardyce is doing. 

That's a cushion of six points they've got on the drop zone now, with six matches of the season to play. Surely they are safe.

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This really escalated so quickly after half-time. Arsenal just didn't show up after the break. Zero shots on target.

They trail Tottenham by 14 points. They trail fourth-placed Manchester City by seven. And Everton are fast coming up behind.

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A rare victory for Sam Allardyce over Arsene Wenger, a brilliant showing from Crystal Palace. 

Arsenal endure another sorry defeat. Let the hand-wringing begin. Is this the year?

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FULL-TIME

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Alexis Sanchez runs Joel Ward wide, dinks a cross in and Mamadou Sakho flamboyantly chests back to his keeper.

Sam Allardyce cannot control his grin as he applauds.

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Ah, OK maybe this will tell you more: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain smashes a long-range effort, fizzing with frustration, high into the stands from range. Arsene Wenger hangs his head, hands in pockets.

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We've still not seen an Arsenal shot on target in this half. That tells you everything you need to know.

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Arsenal can't find a way past Jason Puncheon in midfield. Aaron Ramsey is penalised for holding him back and resignedly lobs the ball back for a Palace free-kick. He rubs his face in disbelief.

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The game's up. But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still chases. 

Here are those gaps at the back again for Arsenal though and Gabriel has to launch himself into a sensational block to deny Christian Benteke's fierce effort from the edge as Palace counter.  

FOUR minutes added time. Will there be a fourth?

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Ah OK so that wasn't Palace's third change. Here it is now - Wilfried Zaha is off for defender Damien Delaney. 

Arsene Wenger is off the bench, fronting up to his latest dismal evening out.

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Aaron Ramsey tries to break forward, but Palace win it back and there are big holes at the back. Instead of launching into it, Andros Townsend turns and recycles possession - each pass gets a huge Olé cheer from the home fans until Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

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And it could be worse! Andros Townsend's cross to the far stick is crying out to be smashed on the volley - Christian Benteke does and it's heading in, but Nacho Monreal stabs behind to clear for a corner. Great stop.

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I dread to think what Alexis Sanchez will be like in that dressing room. This has been limp with a capital L.

The Gunners launch a free-kick into the box, and as it's cleared the home fans refuse to return the ball. They're enjoying this. Safe to say, the travelling support are not happy.

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A last change for Palace. Luka Milivojevic trots off, first goal for the club in the bag, and Mathieu Flamini comes on to reprise his dogged midfield warrior role. 

Eight minutes for Arsenal to produce something - a shot on target.

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Head injury. Mamadou Sakho is down, the ref stops play to make sure he's OK. We think he is. Up he gets and off he goes, to come back on.

As the camera pans around the Arsenal crowd, there are some very glum faces indeed.

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Another brilliant clearance from Mamadou Sakho sliding in to scoop out Hector Bellerin's low cross from the right after a beautiful dink from Mesut Ozil to find him. 

Time's running out. The home fans know it.

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Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez go shopping for an intricate one-two that simply isn't there. 

Christian Benteke could be in on the counter... Just too long, the ball across the park. 

The Palace fans are loving this. Arsenal lot? I'm not gonna ask how you're feeling.

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Slow, slow. Crystal Palace are happy to keep it like this. They'll defend the crosses in the box, too. Joel Ward soaks up another Arsenal wave with a headed clearance behind, Christian Benteke back to clear the corner. All hands on deck.

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Time is ticking down for Arsenal here. A long ball gets tangled up between Olivier Giroud and Mamadou Sakho. 

Granit Xhaka collects on the edge and again looks for a clever pass through instead of smashing at goal. 

The Gunners haven't managed a shot on target this half. 

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A change for Palace - Yohan Cabaye is off and James McArthur on in his place. 

And one for Arsenal I missed - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for the anonymous Theo Walcott a few minutes ago. 

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Harvey Austin:  Dear Arsene Wenger, please quit. From all Arsenal fans

Ricky Nelson:  Of course Wenger is the problem. He's architect of a style that says you don't shoot, just keep passing. IT ISN'T WORKING.

Mat VP:  AW - We need to show character. This team has great mental strength. Next game - no character, mental collapse. 

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Hector Bellerin lifts a dinky ball over the keeper crossing from a tight angle towards the back stick but Palace legs frantically scramble to protect their clean sheet. 

Danger, but there was nobody there in a yellow shirt fast enough to steer it in!