Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Preview

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Preview

Arsenal will be desperate to close the gap on the top four when we travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace this evening.

The Gunners remain sixth but sit one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

But Arsenal did not shrink, and 12 minutes later, Alexis Sanchez smashed in a near-post finish after more good work from Lacazette.

Shkodran Mustafi opened scoring for Arsenal with a composed finish, but Andros Townsend equalized for Palace at the start of the second half.

Arsenal were off the mark first when Alexandre Lacazette's shot forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a save that reached only the unmarked Shkodran Mustafi, who tapped-in easily.

The equalizer began on the left wing four minutes into the second half; Wilfried Zaha used his footwork to cross towards Townsend, who under little pressure finished first-time into the bottom left corner beyond the diving Petr Cech.

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At that point Palace were in the ascendancy but Sanchez's quick double soon killed off the home side's hopes.

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.

Palace showed no sign of getting to grips with Arsenal, but they managed to avoid falling further behind before the break - Ozil tried to square to Sanchez when through on goal, only to get it all wrong.

With a brilliant chipped-pass from inside his own half, Jack Wilshere - often a peripheral figure this season - sent Sanchez into space in the Palace area and, after he impressively controlled, the Chilean routinely poked beyond Speroni.

Sanchez scored twice to give Arsene Wenger's men a comfortable lead, before James Tomkins headed in a late consolation.

An improving Palace side are unbeaten in eight and climbed outside the drop zone for the first time this season after successive wins against Watford and Leicester earlier this month.

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