‘Weirdest of times’ – What the national media said about Arsenal after 3-1 win vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal recorded a fourth successive Premier League win for the first time since October 2018 with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night.

After Nicolas Pepe finished off a fine Gunners move to put them ahead in the first half, the game appeared destined to end up in a draw after Christian Benteke headed home to give the returning Palace fans something to cheer about.

However, the Gunners provided no shortage of late drama, scoring twice to take the game away from Palace, who will see manager Roy Hodgson depart this summer, as Gabriel Martinelli ghosted in at the back-post to convert Martin Odegaard’s outstanding cross in the first minute of stoppage time, before Pepe produced a sublime solo run and shot to wrap up the points once and for all deep into stoppage time.

Pepe’s late strike doubled his tally for the evening and meant that there was not to be one final home win for Hodgson, but in turn secured Arsenal, who face Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the season on Sunday, an fourth successive win and a third away win on the bounce.

Victory at Selhurst Park has moved the Gunners back up into ninth in the table, but their hopes of finishing sixth are now over following West Ham United’s 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, meaning their focus must now be the UEFA Conference League.

Although that may seem a little deflating for manager Mikel Arteta and the Gunners’ players and fans, they have found form at an ideal time, meaning they should be able to sign of confidence and positivity flowing around the club.

After another impressive result, Arsenal have lapped up praise and plaudits. Here, football.london has taken a close look at how Thursday morning’s newspapers have reported last night’s action.

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The Sun

“Mikel Arteta has set a new high as manager of Arsenal,” Andy Dillon wrote for The Sun. “Four Premier League wins on the bounce for the first time since taking over in December 2019.

“It’s a feat not seen since 2018 and it seems to be a source of rejoicing for the Gunners as they cling on to their dreams of a late surge into the European places.

“Arsenal are still alive and still hoping for a place in the Europa League but let’s put it in perspective.

“This is the club that conquered all as the famous Invincibles in 2004. A whole season unbeaten. Four league victories in a row is hardly the stuff of open top bus parades but credit Arteta if he can turn this team around and avoid an embarrassing milestone.

“London’s biggest club has not endured a season without European football since 1995 and if Arteta does lose out then he can hardly lay claim to being a football genius.

Mikel Arteta would deserve recognition for the Gunners' late form if they were to sneak into the Europa Conference League. (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).
Mikel Arteta would deserve recognition for the Gunners’ late form if they were to sneak into the Europa Conference League. (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

“They went ahead at Palace yet failed to build on it, relying on injury time goals from sub Gabriel Martinelli and a second from Nicolas Pepe to put the result to bed.

“And if Arsenal are overjoyed that by the 37th game of a 38 game season they are still in with an outsider’s chance of scraping into Europe’s second tier competition then these really are the weirdest of times.”


“In an opening 45 that was bereft of it, Pepe’s goal was a glimpse of the quality Arteta’s side are capable of,” Ben Husband wrote for the Mirror.

“There was a wonderful interchange between Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney, before the latter lofted in a perfectly weighted cross.

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“There was plenty to do for Pepe, but his calm and composed finish was exactly what was required.

“That’s 14 goals for the Gunners’ record signing and in his second season in English football he has started to show why he was so highly rated during his time at Lille.

“In that one passage of play, Arteta’s plan was crystal clear. The challenge is now to show it more often.”

Evening Standard

“Just when Arsenal thought their season was over, it has sparked into life ahead of the Premier League’s final round of games on Sunday,” Simon Collings wrote for the Evening Standard.

“Victory over Crystal Palace means they go into the weekend knowing they could land themselves a spot in the Europa Conference League, if results go their way.

“That seemed out of the question over a week ago, before they headed to Chelsea, but Arsenal are making a late charge now.

“They made a late charge against Crystal Palace too, scoring twice during injury time to claim a 3-1 win.

“Palace could also have been down to nine men, but VAR decided referee Anthony Taylor was right to only show Christian Benteke and Jeffrey Schlupp yellow cards.

“Schlupp could have seen red for a late tackle on Calum Chambers, while Benteke appeared to catch Mohamed Elneny with a raised elbow.

“As it was, both men stayed on the pitch, and Benteke then struck in the second half to make it 1-1.The Belgian headed home a free-kick and, cheered on by a Selhurst Park crowd wanting to give Roy Hodgson a fitting send-off, you wondered if Palace would kick on.

“Arsenal had taken their foot off the gas and let the Eagles back into it, but the Gunners clicked into gear right at the death.

“First, Gabriel Martinelli scored from Martin Odegaard’s arrowed cross and then Pepe cut in from the right to smash home his second.”

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