Alexis Sanchez double helps Arsenal to awayday win
Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the Premier League at Selhurst Park tonight.
The result ends the Eagles eight match unbeaten run and keeps them in 16th position in the Premier League table.
Arsenal stay in 6th position in the Premier League table, with 37 points from 20 matches.
They are now behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference and one point adrift of Liverpool.
It was only Arsenal’s third away win of the season.
Arsene Wenger in his record equalling 810th Premier League match in charge made three changes to the side that started against Liverpool on Friday night.
Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac replaced Nacho Monreal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi.
For Chambers it was his first Premier League appearance for Arsenal since the opening day of last season – a 4-3 defeat at the Emirates Stadium against Liverpool.
Roy Hodgson made one change to the Crystal Palace team that started in the 1-1 draw away to Swansea City on Saturday.
Christian Benteke returned after suspension.
Arsenal enjoyed plenty of early possession, with Granit Xhaka shooting over the crossbar in the 9th minute.
At the other end Yohan Cabaye sent two shots wide of Petr Cech’s goal.
Hector Bellerin found space on the right of the penalty area, but from his cutback both Jack Wilsher and Alexis Sanchez’s had shots blocked by Palace defenders.
Then after Palace failed to properly clear the ball Xhaka had another shot from outside the penalty blocked by a packed defence
Arsenal took the lead in the 25th minute.
Palace didn’t clear a free-kick that had been won by Jack Wilshere 30 yards out.
Alexandre Lacazette had a cross blocked, but then had a shot palmed away by Julian Speroni. The ball fell to Mustafi who kept his composure to sidefoot the ball into the empty net from a tight angle.
The Gunners went close to doubling their lead just after the half hour mark. Sanchez played an incisive pass through to Mesut Ozil, but Speroni palmed away his shot.
Palace were creating little at the other end. Wilfried Zaha did though fire just wide of the goal with Cech at full stretch.
Sanchez again set up Ozil with five minutes of the half remaining. The German had just Speroni to beat, but his touch was heavy and he played the ball away from goal and the Palace defence managed to clear.
So the Gunners went into the break a goal up in a half they dominated. They had 68% of possession and the home side hadn’t managed a shot on target.
Arsenal started the second half on front foot Ozil, Wilshere and Sanchez all prominent. with Bellerin not able to convert
The Gunners were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Palace equalised in the 50th minute.
Zaha got the better of Chambers and his cross was fired into the net from 12 yards by Andros Townsend. It was another poor goal for Arsenal to concede from allowing Zaha to get the cross in, which went past static defenders with Kolasinac losing his man.
It was the home teams first shot on target in the match.
The goal lifted Palace. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was able run into the penalty area onto a through ball from Zaha under no real pressure, but his shot as blocked by Chambers.
Arsenal though responded with two goals from Sanchez in four minutes (62nd and 66th minutes).
Chambers played the ball into the penalty area. Sanchez headed it down to Lacazette who played it back to the Chilean, who beat Speroni with a low shot at his near post.
Sanchez got his second after a pin point pass from Wilshere from the halfway line picked him out. Sanchez controlled the ball on his thigh before slotting it past Speroni into the net.
Ozil ballooned a shot over the crossbar as Arsenal went in search of another goal.
Bellerin was then denied by Speroni as the match went into the final ten minutes.
Zaha then had a chance at the far post as the ball came of his shoulder with the goal gaping as Palace rallied.
Zaha then played then got free on the left, but no one the home teams colours could get on the end of his pull back.
Substitute Bakary Sako then fired over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area, and then had a shot blocked just wide for a corner.
From the corner as the match moved into its final minute James Tomkins rose above Laurent Koscielny to head the ball into the net, with Cech pinned to his line by a Palace player.
Arsenal though held out to take the three points.
This is what Arsene Wenger had to Sky Sports:
“Overall it was a convincing win even though in the second half it was harder than the first. We found the resources to score two great goals and from then we never gave up.
“You want to win the game no matter how you suffer in the end. We did that.
“We gained composure. We have come here and it is a difficult game for everyone in the league. We suffered a bit but for the biggest part of the game we played well.”
On Alexis Sanchez potentially leaving Wenger added:
“I am not fearful but as you said that will be a subject that arises because of his contractual situation. I can only repeat what I said until now.”
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 6, Mustafi 7, Koscielny 7, Chambers 6, Kolasinac 6, Xhaka 7 (Maitland-Niles), Wilshere 8, Sanchez 7, Ozil 7, Lacazette 6 (Coquelin)