Milivojevic spot on as Gunners' winning run ends

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The Palace captain was denied from 12 yards by Jordan Pickford in last weekend's defeat at Everton but stepped up to put Roy Hodgson's struggling side in front in first-half stoppage-time.

Wayne Hennessey could only touch Xhaka's venomous free-kick into the top corner six minutes after the restart and the Palace goalkeeper just failed to prevent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from turning home his ninth of the season at the back post.

The ball was turned Aubameyang's way when Alexandre Lacazette clearly handled a right-wing corner, meaning there was a sense of justice being done when Xhaka, who was playing in an unfamiliar left-back roll, crudely brought down Wilfried Zaha and Milivojevic fired past Bernd Leno's despairing dive.