Arsenal mark Wenger milestone with Palace victory

Posted December 29, 2017

On paper, this fixture has an Arsenal victory written all over it, given the attacking talents at Wenger's disposal as well as Palace's struggles to keep clean sheets at Selhurst Park.

The result leaves Arsene Wenger's men sixth in the league but level on points with fifth-placed Spurs and only a point behind Liverpool in the fourth Champions League spot.

Shkodran Mustafi had given the dominant visitors a deserved lead after 25 minutes but Arsenal were made to rue a host of first-half near-misses as Palace roared back soon after the break with a well-worked Andros Townsend goal.

Alexandre Lacazette's shot was pushed out by Julian Speroni and the ball rebounded to Shkodran Mustafi on the left and he fired into the back of the net.

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After Sanchez scored twice against Crystal Palace, the Arsenal manager was asked whether he was concerned he may lose the Chilean at the end of the season.

62' - GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Sanchez) Palace don't clear properly and Chambers lifts the ball towards the back post when the giant Sanchez wins a towering header, nodding down to Lacazette who does really well to hold up and tee him back up for an early spank which rushes past Speroni at his near post before he's noticed anything untoward.

Wilfried Zaha was Palace's most threatening player throughout the first half with the Ivorian maintaining the form that has seen him linked with a number of top clubs this season.

Christian Benteke was the subject of a lot of criticism on social media after their defeat to Arsenal, with many supporters stating they had felt that the striker had not offered them anything.

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Alexis Sanchez was the difference as Arsenal survived a pair of second-half scares to edge past Palace.

Roy Hodgson's side were aiming to extend their unbeaten streak of eight matches but found the visiting Gunners too strong to handle.

Crystal Palace did get a goal back in the final minute of normal time to make the game have an interesting finish, with James Tomkins heading home past Petr Cech.

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