Furious Arsenal fan slams Chelsea loan scheme after Conor Gallagher helped Crystal Palace beat Gunners

An angry Arsenal fan has slammed Premier League loan rules after Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher inspired Crystal Palace to a landslide victory over the Gunners.

Palace dented Arsenal’s top four hopes with a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha all scored for Palace, while England international Gallagher produced another impressive performance in midfield.

Gallagher helped Palace beat Arsenal 3-0 on Monday night (Image: PA)

Speaking after the game, Arsenal fan Julian expressed his frustration that Gallagher was allowed to play rivals Chelsea this season but not his parent club.

“One detail of why they were really good was Conor Gallagher, who I thought was absolutely exceptional,” he told AFTV after the game.

“Then I think who he plays. He plays for Chelsea. Who are we in competition with? Chelsea.

“For me, I don’t understand this rule about loan chants. It’s fine to loan out an odd player, but last season Chelsea had 32 players on loan.

“I understand why they need to be out on loan and gaining experience, but it almost seems like it goes against the integrity of the league.

“Because if you put these players in the same league as Chelsea, you’re actually playing against good Chelsea players when you’re not even playing against Chelsea.

“However, when Palace have to face Chelsea, they can’t play. Explain that one.

Gallagher joined Palace on loan from Chelsea at the start of the season and went on to score eight goals in 31 games for Patrick Vieira’s side.

Arsenal remain outside the top four on goal difference (Image: PA)
Arsenal remain outside the top four on goal difference (Image: PA)

Arsenal’s defeat on Monday night leaves them fifth in the Premier League, outside the Champions League places on goal difference.

They remain level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, having played one game less than their bitter rivals, and are five points behind third-placed Chelsea.

The race for the top four is set to take place in the final weeks of the season and could be decided by the revamped North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The game, which was originally scheduled to be played on January 16, will now be played on May 12.