Sanchez Hits Brace As Arsenal Beat Palace In Wenger’s Record-Equaling 810th EPL Game
Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal ended Crystal Palace’s eight-match unbeaten run with an entertaining 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park on Thursday to mark Arsene Wenger’s record-equalling match as a Premier League manager.
Shkodran Mustafi put the Gunners ahead midway through an impressive first-half show. Andros Townsend levelled shortly after half-time as Palace fought back, but Sanchez responded with two goals in four minutes, the second coolly finished from Jack Wilshere’s pass over the top.
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.
The hosts had been the first to threaten when Yohan Cabaye struck just wide of the left post from 25 yards, but it was then that Arsenal’s first period of dominance began.
Granit Xhaka had already gone close when, in the 25th minute, as Palace struggled to clear their lines, Alexandre Lacazette’s shot forced Julian Speroni into a save that only reached the unmarked Mustafi, who tapped-in with ease.
Discouragingly for Wenger, amid Palace’s pressure and obvious ambitions, they scored another late goal his team did little to resist. It was in the 89th minute when, after a corner, former Tottenham winger Townsend crossed to James Tomkins, who under too little pressure at the back post headed in.