Emery admits ‘big frustration’ as Arsenal top four hopes hit by Palace defeat

Unai Emery says Arsenal’s shock 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace is a ‘big frustration’.

Arsenal‘s top four hopes took a major blow as they were beaten by Roy Hodgson’s side, with goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur handing the visitors a surprise victory at the Emirates.

The defeat leaves Arsenal fourth, ahead of London rivals Chelsea on goal difference, and Emery insists the loss was a missed opportunity for his side.

“A big frustration, it was a big opportunity but we can say we had a big opportunity in the matches before today and we took a lot of points in a lot of key moments that give us the opportunity to be now, in our way, with the possibility to achieve our targets,” Emery said in post-match press conference.

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“Our first target is to get to the Champions League through the Premier League or Europa League. We lost a big opportunity but it doesn’t change our idea.

“It’s in our hands, we can continue winning and being in the top four.”

Emery was disappointed with his side’s inability to defend set pieces, with Shkodran Mustafi allowing Christian Benteke a free header for the opener in particular, with the German defender enjoying a particularly difficult afternoon.

“They have good players and in the set pieces we weren’t strong like we have been all season. We struggled more than we wanted in these situations.

“The result can come through it.”