23 Apr Crystal Palace news: Christian Benteke relieved to finish 358-afternoon target drought following scoring at Arsenal
The Belgium global scored in the win at Arsenal to start his Premier League accounts for the year after a frustrating effort
Christian Benteke has shown it’s become a’tough, tough year’ after finishing a 358-afternoon jog without scoring a goal at Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win in Arsenal on Sunday.
The Belgian striker, who transferred to Palace in Liverpool to get a hefty #27 million ($35m) at 2016, put the Eagles forward in the 17th moment, and was included from the build-up to Wilfred Zaha’s 61st-minute aim.
Belgium trainer Roberto Martinez abandoned Benteke from the World Cup squad this past year, after a bad season that saw the Palace ahead just score three aims in 31 Premier League appearances.
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Ahead of Sunday’s match, the forwards hadn’t struck the back of the internet because the Eagles beat Leicester 5-0 in late April last year after he converted a penalty at the 90th moment and, after his target in Arsenal, Benteke discussed how hard it had been to get into scoring shape.
He explained:”I am very happy and very happy to return on that the scoresheet. It has been a tough, tough season for me personally, first with harm then with needing to wait for my turn.
“I am glad about my operation (in Arsenal) since it is not merely the target — we work very hard, myself and Wilf up front.
“We understand how difficult it’s to play against Arsenal, particularly when they play in the home, so we could be very delighted.
“I am not a person who displays emotion, but inside I was really, very pleased with myself. I am just going to continue doing the same which I have been performing before when I have been scoring and in shape.
“I understand that if I am in shape, when I am 100 percent match, I understand what I am capable of doing.
“It feels great once you play with this sort of game, particularly against the large teams. We are not talking about relegation anymore since we know we are far better than this.”
Palace triumph over the Gunners places them 12th in the Premier League table, in addition to producing them mathematically safe from relegation.
Arsenal, meanwhile, had been dealt a setback for their top-four hopes following the reduction, coupled with Chelsea’s draw at home to Burnley on Monday night, abandoned Unai Emery’s side in fifth position, a stage behind their London rivals, albeit with a game in hand.