UNAI EMERY is confident Arsenal’s shock defeat will not derail their Champions League bid.
Gunners blew a chance to go third but boss Emery said: “It’s a bad result but the top four is still in our hands and it does not change where we can finish.”
Chelsea can jump above Arsenal into fourth place by beating Burnley at Stamford Bridge tonight.
The Gunners had not lost at the Emirates since the Spaniard’s first game in charge on the opening day of the season.
Emery added: “Today is a big frustration.
“We have lost a very big opportunity to take a step towards achieving our target to play in the Champions League next year.
“Today we can be disappointed but tomorrow we prepare for the game at Wolves on Wednesday knowing the top four is still in our hands.”
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Mesut Ozil cancelled out Christian Benteke’s first-half opener for Palace.
But Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur made it 3-1 before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got one back for the Gunners.
Emery admitted: “We weren’t as strong in our defending as we have been before.”
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