Arsenal's Champions League hopes take hit in loss at Crystal Palace

Arsenal's hopes of securing a top-four Premier League finish this season were dealt a blow as the below-par visitors suffered a 3-0 defeat against rampant Crystal Palace on Monday.

Arsenal were put to the sword in the first half by the clinical hosts, with goals from forwards Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew giving Palace a deserved 2-0 interval lead.

The Gunners improved after the break, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard missing big chances to get their team back in the match.

Their wastefulness proved costly as Wilfried Zaha put the game to bed with a penalty 16 minutes from time.

Tottenham Hotspur's 5-0 home victory over Newcastle United on Sunday means they are fourth

The scoreline at Selhurst Park did not flatter an impressive Palace, who continue to improve under former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, with the victory moving them up to ninth.

It is a good moment for the club but we know we need to be consistent in our performances and results.

Arsenal had been in fine form on the road in the Premier League prior to their trip across London on Monday.

Arsenal's 1-0 win at Aston Villa last time out was their fifth away league victory in a row -- the first time they had been on such a run since May 2015.