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Arsenal players lacked confidence, Morale is desperately low and they appeared psychologically broken.

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Crystal Palace trampled on Arsenal with joy as Arsene Wenger's players looked dejected

It was a proper thumping as Palace were the best team from start to finish

The fans were cheering

And they were soon cheering even louder, as Andros Townsend found space to slot Palace into the lead

Crystal Palace players were very quick and aggressive, forceful in midfield and dangerous in the air, targeting the soft-spots in Arsenal's defence which was bad and peppering Martinez with shots before Townsend scored.

Benteke out-played Gabriel, fought down a high ball and Palace seized on the scraps.

Crystal Palace showed strong team spirit as Cabaye worked the ball wide to Zaha and his low cross found Townsend, who beat Shkodran Mustafi across the ground and clipped a neat finish over Martinez.

Sam Allardyce said: 'Weaknesses with Arsenal have been defensively.' 'They leave centre-backs exposed, with full-backs playing like wingers. If you can play through them quickly, you can get in the box and get chances.'

Dejected Alexis Sanchez

Apart from pushing wide a decent curling effort by Mohamed Elneny, Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had been largely resting until this point.

Arsenal moved briefly before the interval. Alexis Sanchez was denied by Hennessey and Mamadou Sakho who continued his strong form in the centre of Palace's defence.

Zaha celebrates with Townsend after combining to put their side into the lead against Arsenal

Arsenal players were vague, devoid of character and personality, at the best of times, they were unclear and unfocused and surrendered easily. By the end, three-down and threatening to leak more, Brazilian centre-half Gabriel Paulista was performing drag-backs in his own penalty area.

Arsene Wenger's team could not handle the energy of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha , Alexis Sanchez made an effort as he tried hard here and there, but Gunners talents appeared to be truly spent.

Arsenal bench appeared frustrated as they were all in-shock of what is happening to their team

Gloom looking Arsene Wenger was desperate for good result from his players but instead they capitulated.

My opinion: Arsenal were leaderless, spiritless and boneless. It was a devastating defeat for Arsene Wenger – what now for his future? - whose weak side have now lost five of their last eight Premier League games and still seven points off the Champions League places.

It is heading one painful direction at present.