Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Man of the Match

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Well, we returned back to the scene of the crime and didn’t quite get caught out. Last night’s trip to Selhurst Park proved to be a positive one as we left with three points, but it could have been very different.

Having controlled the first half well, Palace came back into the game at top speed in the second half but thanks to two quickfire Alexis Sanchez goals we came out with a win.

For the team as a whole, about half impressed as the others seemed to coast through, but those that did their bit impressed very much.

Someone who seems to have impressed every time he’s stepped onto the pitch this season is Jack Wilshere.

When Arsenal fans say there is not one midfielder in England like Wilshere, they mean it. Maybe Adam Lallana, who had a great partnership with Wilshere for England a few years ago comes close. But over the last few weeks we’ve seen the burst of pace which helps him glide past and sometimes through challenges as well as his great passing range.

Last night was no different and he simply couldn’t be stopped legally by the Palace defence as he picked up foul after foul. He was also impressive with Mesut Ozil when trying to pick apart the compact Palace defence in the first half, but his performance will be remembered by a longer-range pass which split the home defence.

Receiving the ball in the centre circle he picked out Alexis Sanchez with an inch perfect knock into the box which saw the Chilean help home without breaking stride.

Next up is Shkodran Mustafi. Apart from the anomaly against Manchester United, the German has had a great season which continued at Selhurst Park last night.

Playing in the middle of the back three, Mustafi was very commanding against Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha (when he was central) has he made tackle after tackle and won header after header.

As well as putting in a defensively solid performance Mustafi made his habit of coming up for set pieces pay. After an initial corner flew to Alexandre Lacazette who unleashed a deadly shot at which Julian Speroni well to get a hand to, Mustafi proved to be very composed with his controlled side-footed effort which found goal.

The man of the match from last night though was Alexis Sanchez. Proving to be our match winner with his two goals.

One an instinctive well struck shot which was fired through the legs of James Tomkin’s and the other, which showed his coolness in front of goal as he dispatched well after having to think about where to place his shot.

There’s also an honourable mention I’d like to include and that is Lacazette. His performance last night could easily go unnoticed because he didn’t score but that doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute to getting the three points, although it would’ve been nice to see him score.

Like against Liverpool, he had to adapt to the game which he did well. Rather than trying too hard to score, in which he almost did with a great left-footed strike which found Mustafi on the rebound, he chose to help the team in another way.

Showing he’s more than just a goal scorer, he did well to keep the ball alive in a packed Palace box by linking up with Sanchez for his first goal. Hopefully his work doesn’t go too unnoticed.

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Art de Roche
Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!