It’s been an indifferent month so far with four wins, three draws and just the one defeat to Manchester United at the start of December. With one more game to go this calendar year away to West Brom on Sunday, will we see the last Alexis Sanchez performance? I hope not but with no new contract signed as yet it’s a strange situation all round for the player, manager and the club to deal with. Am I fearful of losing him? Of course but once again he showed his quality last night, scoring twice in the space of four minutes in our win at Palace.
Last night was also a very special night for Arsene Wenger as he took charge of a record equalling 810th Premier League game to match Sir Alex Ferguson’s record. It didn’t start to well for Arsene though as once again he had trouble with another zip on another Arsenal coat as he took his place in the dugout, how many times have we seen him to that now?
As for the game, we started brightly and once Speroni’s pushed out save from Lacazette went straight to Mustafi, Palace found themselves 1-0 down as he volleyed straight back in from a tight angle as Speroni got to his feet. That was it for the first half but the home side came back at us well in the second half and Zaha left to of our players standing so they couldn’t stop the cross as he pulled the ball back from the left into the middle of the goal. We had four more players in the box all heading towards goal as the ball went straight towards the penalty spot where Andros Townsend made a run towards. He met the ball perfectly and with his left foot drilled it superbly low into the bottom corner.
Enter Alexis Sanchez. Lacazette took two touches to control Sanchez’s bouncing nod down but once he’d done that and with no one putting him under any pressure he tapped it back to Sanchez. He then smashed it passed about four Crystal Palace players as well as Speroni in the goal for Arsenal to take the lead again.
Minutes later and in a moment that Arsenal are not supposedly about at times, but it shows it can work. Jack Wilshere pick the ball up and showed what he can still do with an outstanding pass straight down the middle from just inside his own half. Wilshere had spotted Sanchez’s run to the edge of the Palace area, he controlled it superbly with his right thigh to take it in front of him and before Speroni could react he’d slid it passed him with his second touch. Fantastic goal and Wilshere has now started four consecutive games for Arsenal for the first time in about two and half years. Is there a new deal coming for him? There has to be and that would be great. Palace did get one back very late on when Tomkins headed in Townsend’s corner for Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 3.
After the game Wenger was congratulated on his 468th Premier League win from his 810 games in charge, that’s a 58% win rate since he took charge way back in October 1996. He was also quizzed once again about both Sanchez and Ozil leaving? As to let players of their quality go for that nothing next summer would be absolutely ridiculous for a club like Arsenal but Wenger still didn’t seem to worried. Both Ozil and Sanchez’s contracts run out this summer and both have been outstanding once again recently, so I’m sure bids will be coming in for them once the window opens in a few days. If they both go, for money or not, they will be hugely missed.