Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to get Champions League qualification.
Antonio Conte’s men thrashed Newcastle United 5-1 in their last game over the weekend which moved them up to fourth in the league standings.
Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s loss to Eagles will haunt them at the latter part of this season.
“When you have a young team like Arsenal, you’ve got to just take the rough with the smooth – and the Crystal Palace defeat was very, very rough,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Arsenal are a decent team – they’ve got good young players – but they’re going to be up and down with their performances. One week they’ll be a nine out of ten, the next week they’ll be a four out of ten.
“It wouldn’t have surprised me if they didn’t beat Watford when they won 3-2, it wouldn’t have surprised me if they didn’t beat Leicester when they won 2-0 – that’s just the way it is, it’s a young team.
“Palace is a hard place to go on a Monday night, don’t underestimate it – and if Arsenal had beaten Palace, I thought top four was done and dusted. It would have been three points clear and a game in hand, it was massive.
“Now all of a sudden, Arsenal don’t really have a game in hand – because Tottenham have got them at home anyway. It doesn’t matter what they do with their game in hand, because Tottenham will have to beat them and can overtake them.”