Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Jonathan Hernandez
December 29, 2017

Palace had been undefeated in eight and, though they next host Manchester City, by often resisting their visitors and going level with Andros Townsend's goal, again demonstrated they can survive.

Arsenal regained the lead in the 62nd minute after Christian Benteke's weak clearance found Calum Chambers, who crossed back in, Alexis Sanchez headed the ball down and Lacazette gave it back to him to score.

Arsenal drew level with fourth-placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but with a worse goal difference whilst Palace remain firmly embroiled in a battle against relegation just a point above the bottom three.

The Gunners will bid to banish memories of their last trip to Selhurst Park, when a 3-0 defeat landed a telling blow to their Champions League hopes and heaped further pressure on Wenger.

Having been hailed as "the future of English football" by Barcelona legend Xavi, Wilshere endured a tough few years but produced a fantastic display against Palace, setting up Alexis Sanchez for what would ultimately prove to be the deciding goal.

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.

Sanchez's excellence prompted the inevitable question to Wenger afterwards about whether he was fearful of losing the Chilean, especially with the striker's contract expiring at the end of the season. Performed with the zeal of man seeking a move, he prompted well in the first half and finished beautifully in the second.

"We have come here and it is a hard game for everyone in the league. We suffered a bit but for the biggest part of the game we played well". "Even at 3-1 down to a team of this quality, there was no resignation or sign of not doing the right things", Hodgson said. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five games.

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