Crystal Palace are confident their talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha will spend many more seasons at the Premier League club despite expressing his desire to play in the Champions League, manager Roy Hodgson has said. In the second half we changed to play with two and we can take more possibilities in the attacking third, in the build up, but defensively we gave them more space to take the transitions. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season.
"It doesn't change our idea or plan for the next match". I still have confidence though and I want to be positive.
Aaron Ramsey is a huge loss to injury, leaving us a little short on numbers, but playing without Torreira is a painful choice, one which I hope doesn't backfire... We are also in the semi-final of the Europa League and we can be proud of all the season.
Emery insisted, however, that the Gunners remain masters of their own top four destiny. "We lost today but we could also have lost with different players".
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more Premier League London derby goals than any other player this season (6).
Belgium hitman Benteke bagged his first goal in nearly a year, ending a 19-match drought to spark Palace's surprise win.
"That was a very satisfying performance", said Hodgson.
Zaha has acknowledged that he may have to leave Palace in the off-season as he aims to further his career, but if these final games are to be his swansong for the Eagles, then he is sure to leave on good terms. The draw half-time/Arsenal full-time double result is [4.9]. It's very hard to win and to repeat to win and again to win and again to win. In fact, I think it was the best save I have seen from Leno in an Arsenal shirt.
"But it is true that front players need goals and I'm sure it will be a weight off his mind".