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Roy Hodgson hails Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win at Arsenal

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson described himself as “delighted” after watching his side grab an unexpected 3-2 win at Arsenal and confirm their Premier League status.

The Eagles ended Arsenal’s 10-match winning run at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to go over the 40-point mark and seal their place in the English top-flight for next season.

An unmarked Christian Benteke headed in his first goal of the season to put Palace into a first-half lead.

Mesut Ozil equalised for Arsenal after the break before two goals from Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur in the space of eight minutes put Palace into a commanding lead.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed to get one back for Arsenal, but Palace held on for a vital three points in north London.

“Obviously I am delighted with the display. Our defensive shape was fantastic. We remained compact and narrow,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.

“We made it difficult to find spaces behind us. I then thought on the counter-attack we were remarkably dangerous.

“The two front players were a constant thorn for the Arsenal defence.

“I thought the last few minutes there would be a bombardment. We could have aggravated the score a little bit more. It’s nice to get over the 40-point marker. It’s nice to have safety mathematically confirmed.”

As for Benteke, the former England boss said: “Christian Benteke must be very confident after today’s performance.

“It wasn’t the fact he scored and set one up, he worked tirelessly and did a job offensively and defensively. He and Wilfried Zaha will feel they really did a job for the team

“For Christian who’s has a rough time with injuries and not scoring the number of goals he wants maybe with the final few games he will score a few more.”

Palace now move up to 12th-place in the Premier League table and will return to action against Everton at Selhurst Park next Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: James McArthur of Crystal Palace (18) scores his team’s third goal past Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)