Arsenal suffered a dent in their top four ambitions following the 2-3 home loss to Crystal Palace that leaves them fourth on the log with only goal difference separating them and fifth-placed Chelsea. Mustafi was guilty of switching off and allowing Wilfried Zaha a clear run on goal as Palace stole the lead once again after Mesut Ozil had restored parity at the start of the second half.
Speaking in a press conference after the loss to Palace, Emery refused to lay blame on Mustafi after the loss, "We cannot speak about the players individually. Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he doesn't do brilliant. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season.
"I think we are, every player, helping and playing with a big performance. Today also when you can defend against players like [Christian] Benteke and [Wilfried] Zaha you can suffer more than maybe in other situations. If today we were better in the set pieces we could have won this match. Also we controlled with possession but in attacking thirds they defended their goal and box very well. We didn't find the best situations to score."
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