Date: 29th December 2017 at 7:50am

Alexis Sanchez scored a brace as Arsenal closed the gap on their top four rivals with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

The match appeared to be a possible banana skin following Arsenal’s humiliating 3-0 defeat to the Eagles back in April. However, those fears were eased when Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring midway through the first-half.

Palace equalised through Andros Townsend just a few minutes into the second period.

But the Gunners regained control when Alexis Sanchez bagged two goals in just seven minutes to put Arsenal 3-1 up.

James Tomkins scored late on, but Arsene Wenger’s side were able to weather the storm.

Here’s THREE things we learned from the victory at Selhurst Park…


Alexis Sanchez bagged two goals to take his tally to seven for the season, but his celebration was just as telling.

The sight of the Chilean coaxing his Arsenal team-mates to help him celebrate scoring against Palace was evidence enough of the division running through Arsene Wenger’s side’s dressing room.

Sanchez will not be sold in January, but it appears some players are already done with him.

Jack Wilshere took the man of the match award.

Jack Wilshere took the man of the match award.


Arsene Wenger equalled Sir Alex ­Ferguson’s managerial ­milestone of 810 Premier League games with a typical Arsenal performance.

Some terrific attacking play amongst some very questionable defending, which has ultimately seen the club fall short in the league for several years.


It appears Wenger has now reverted to a back four. Hector Bellerin was outstanding against Roy Hodgeson’s side, but both Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny often made for uncomfortable viewing.

Whether the Gunners boss sticks with the four rather than a back three remains to be seen, though six goals in two games shows the attacking front is reaping the rewards from an extra man in midfield.


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