Two exceptional second half Alexis Sanchez strikes was enough for Arsenal for a crucial away win as the Gunners have come away victorious 3-2 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Setting the Scene:
Arsenal’s abysmal away record this season and Palace’s recent resurgence in the hands of Roy Hodgson was a perfect blend for this match as the Gunners were up for a big fight at Selhurst Park, where they were battered 3-0 last time around in April this year.
It was a cold night at South of London but Arsenal were hot from the start as they dominated the first part of the game. Cabaye for the home side was threatening but could never trouble Cech at Arsenal goal. The elusive lead was taken by the away side as Mustafi slotted past calmly after Speroni had saved Lacazette’s earlier shot. The German was back in the starting line up for the first time and gave his team the edge. Ozil came close twice but couldn’t make it count as it was a slender lead to the North London side as whistle blew for the half time.
Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead at Palace
The Eagles though came back firing early in the second half as Zaha’s ball was brilliantly drilled by Andros Townsend to bring parity. Gunners for minutes were a bit at shambles the home side made some inroads but couldn’t capitalize. It was Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez who restored the advantage from a superb strike 17 minutes after the restart. Sanchez was at it again as Jack Wilshere found him with a delicious ball from midfield and the Chilean made no mistake to make it 3-1 for the Gunners.
Sanchez scored a brace to secure Arsenal victory
It looked comfortable for Wenger’s side but Tomkins headed home to make it interesting in the last couple of minutes of the game but eventually Arsenal held on to get a massive away win. It was also Arsene Wenger’s 810th game in charge in the Premier League, joint most in league’s history.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly (Fosu-Mensah), Dann, Tomkins, Schlupp; Townsend, Cabaye (McArthur), Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek (Sako); Zaha, Benteke
Arsenal: Cech; Chambers, Koscielny, Mustafi; Bellein, Xhaka (Maitland-Niles), Wilshere, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette (Coquelin)