Shock defeats to both Chelsea and Arsenal saw both teams slip down the table over the weekend. Chelsea went down 2-1 at Crystal Palace, with Wilfred Zaha’s goal on the stroke of Half time being the difference and earning Palace their 1st win of the season.
Palace opened the scoring with a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal in the 11th minute, which was Palace’s first goal in 731 minutes of Premier League football.
The lead only lasted eight minutes when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in Cesc Fabergas’s corner kick.
But on the stoke of half time, it was Zaha who broke the deadlock on his return from injury slotting the ball past Courtis in the Chelsea net.
In the second half, Chelsea bombarded the Palace goal with 12 clear shots on target, including a 25 yard effort from Fabergas that rattled the cross bar, but Palace held on to take much needed 3 points. The result now leaves Chelsea in 4th place nine points behind leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal also went now to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow Londoners Watford. With what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described as a ‘scandalous decision, by the referee, to award Watford a penalty late in the 2nd half that saw Watford’s Troy Deeney equalise after trailing to Per Mertesacker’s first half goal.
With the game heading for a 1-1 draw, Watford had one last venture forward in injury time and were rewarded when Tom Cleverley scored his first of the season to make it 2-1 and send Arsenal into 6th place with only goal difference separating Liverpool in 8th and Chelsea in 5th. Watford on the other hand now jump up to 4th place two points behind Tottenham who remind third tanks to their 1-0 win over Bournemouth.