Wenger "not fearful" of losing Sanchez


Wenger "not fearful" of losing Sanchez

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.

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

Palace were fortunate to remain in 16th place without even kicking a ball after a dramatic round of Boxing Day fixtures, meaning a win against their London rivals would put them in a very comfortable position in the scrap for survival.

Alexandre Lacazette (right) celebrates setting up Alexis Sanchez's goal during tonight's Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Arsenal was 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.

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.

But as full-time drew nearer, Palace perked up and Arsenal sat deeper, so it was not entirely surprising that James Tomkins nodded in a livener with four minutes of injury-time still to play. Faced with Chambers, a succession of lollipops and a change of pace are more than enough to get by him and then a low cross, clipped back for Townsend, is cracked past Cech first time.

Jack Wilshere, Sanchez and Granit Xhaka had efforts blocked by Palace's robust defending, but their resistance was ended just after the midway point in the opening period.

Arsenal's silky German Maestro frequently pops up in the number 10 role, drifting behind the striker and pulling strings in between the lines of midfield and attack, meaning that Palace's Serbian stalwart Luka Milivojevic will be the unlucky man facing Ozil come Thursday night.

89' - GOAL! Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal (Tomkins) Over comes the corner and at the back post, Tomkins climbs above Koscielny to head down and in!

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