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Zaha inspired Palace to a shock win over top-four hopefuls Arsenal

Zaha inspired Palace to a shock win over top-four hopefuls Arsenal Credit GETTY IMAGES

'In the first half we continued with the three central defenders because I think we can be more consistent with that, ' said Emery.

Mustafi has made 109 appearances for Arsenal since joining in 2016 from La Liga outfit Valencia.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery defended Shkodran Mustafi after the Germany global made a huge error which lead to a goal in the 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

With Manchester United having suffered a humiliating defeat at Everton earlier on Sunday, and Tottenham losing at Manchester City, Arsenal knew a victory would lift them into third.

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The Ivory Coast worldwide has consistently been the top performer for Crystal Palace ever since making his Selhurst Park return in 2015.

But should they fail to make the top four they could still be in the Champions League next season if they win the Europa League.

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"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".

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"Your defending is going to have to be top-notch right through until the 95-96th minute and then you've got to make certain that when you do get the ball, you've got to hope that your two front players do what our two did today".

Arsenal had won 14 of their 17 home games in the Premier League prior to yesterday's game.

It wasn't just Mustafi on the receiving end of the fan criticism, with Carl Jenkinson and defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny also called out for their poor performances.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery goes with Bernd Leno in goal, while in defence he picks Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Kostas Mavropanos.

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