Patrick Vieira, the Crystal Palace manager and former Arsenal midfielder, has explained how he was able to predict Arsenal's demise in the Premier League game on Monday.
Crystal Palace defeated Arsenal 3-0, ending Mikel Arteta's hopes of leading the Premier League table ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United.
Vieira, who played for many years, claimed that putting pressure on Arsenal's players was an important element of his team's strategy.
By halftime, Palace had a well-deserved lead thanks to goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew.
In the second half, Wilfried Zaha converted a penalty to seal Palace's victory.
Arsenal dropped to fifth position in the Premier League after their loss to Palace, but they are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.
When questioned about Palace's strategy for beating Arsenal in the post-match interview, Vieira stated he urged his defenders to deny the service coming to Alexandre Lacazette, the Gunners' striker.
"Today was about defending properly as a team, putting pressure on the centre-back, putting pressure on the full-backs to not allow them to find the space in between the lines, because if there is a hole in between the lines, we're in trouble," Vieira explained.
"We performed a fantastic job. "Whenever they found those individuals, one of our back four would jump out and attempt to put pressure on them, notably Lacazette," he remarked.