Have Crystal Palace banished the ‘Drake Curse?’ (Picture: Getty Images)Crystal Palace appear to have banished the ‘Drake Curse’ or at least survived it, after beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles produced a shock Premier League 3-2 win over the Gunners thanks to goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur.
They managed this despite Zaha posing for a picture with Canadian rapper Drake earlier this month.
For the uninitiated, posing for a snap with ‘Drizzy’ has proved to be bad luck for a string of sports stars in recent months, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor McGregor, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero and Jadon Sancho.
All that are pictured with Drake go on to lose at their next sporting endeavor, although Wilf Zaha now appears to have broken the hex.
🤙 It’s a myth…#ARSCRY pic.twitter.com/0nFIqxEv47
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 21, 2019
Crystal Palace tweeted the picture of Zaha and Drake after their win at Arsenal with the caption: ‘It’s a myth…’
Not only had Zaha posed for the photo with the ‘God’s Plan’ singer, but Christian Benteke, Bakary Sako and Michy Batshuayi all went to see him perform at The O2 at the start of April.
Perhaps it was Batshuayi’s sensational comment of ‘Sauce FC on duty’ that really lifted the curse.
The win for the Eagles in north London saw them rise to 12th in the Premier League, while it hit Arsenal’s top four hopes hard.
The Gunners remain fourth in the table despite the defeat, but Chelsea can knock them out of the Champions League spots with just a draw against Burnley on Monday night.
Arsenal fans will be cheering on the Clarets on Monday evening, before they travel north to take on Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi came under heavy criticism for his performance against Palace, being blamed for all three goals his team conceded, but Arsenal boss Unai Emery came to his defence after the contest.
‘Sometimes he can play very well. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season,’ said Emery on the performances of the £35million signing.
‘We are, every player, helping, playing with a big performance. Today also when you can defend. Against Benteke and Zaha you can suffer more.
‘If today we were better in the set pieces maybe we could win this match. In all the season I think he has been consistent.’
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