Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace shock Arsenal

Jordan Ayew scored his second goal of the season to inspire Crystal Palace to stun Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

The Ghanaian scored a superb second goal as Palace claimed a 3-0 victory against the Champions League hopefuls who lost midfielder Thomas Partey to a groin injury in the second half.

The Gunners would have moved above Tottenham with victory but fell behind early on through Jean-Philippe Mateta’s header following a free-kick.

Things got worse for the visitors a few minutes later when Ayew got away from two Arsenal defenders and bent a shot beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

Arsenal were outfought and outworked in the first half, their only shot on target a Gabriel header at Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

The visitors showed improvement after the break and should have at least got one back as Martin Odegaard shot wide when unmarked inside the box, while Eddie Nketiah hit the woodwork.

Palace made sure of a hugely impressive win when Wilfried Zaha was brought down inside the box late on and the forward stepped up to convert the penalty.

The victory, Palace’s first at home in the league in 2022, moves them up to ninth while Arsenal remain fifth and outside the top four on goal difference, albeit with a game in hand.

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