The League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park was the 810th time Wenger led his Arsenal side to a Premier League match, equalling Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of the manager with the most Premier League appearance – with the Gunners winning this fixture in a 2-3 scoreline.
The Gunners went into this match knowing anything short of a win would deepen their hopes of making top4, as they played catch-up with their rivals. Wenger resulted into a back three for this match; Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, were the preferred XI Wenger put out to mark his feat.
After his long-range effort goal against Liverpool, Granit Xhaka was confident taking a shot on goal at Speroni’s post; but his effort was meters above the Argentine’s goal post. Last season Xhaka had back-to-back long-range goals against Hull and Nottingham Forest in the Premier League and EFL cup (Carabao Cup).
For some parts of the first half, both teams looked like having a go at each end of the post but the efforts were less threatening for both goalies. Yohan Cabaye had a shot aimed at Cech’s post but was just wide off target, whilst Wilshere had one against the opposition goalie that fell straight to his hands.
Lacazette was instrumental in this match as he set up two goals for his teammates but couldn’t write his name on the score sheet. His well-taken shot inside the penalty area of the opposition was saved by Speroni, but teammate Mustafi was positioned right to have a tap in and give the Gunners the lead. The German’s has now scored consecutive goals in his last two London derby.
In the second half, Alexis was able to pinpoint Bellerin who could’ve registered a goal for himself but failed to direct his effort on target. Bellerin had a torrid time in this fixture last season, soaking up abuse from his own club fans.
Zaha once again showed why he’s being mentioned in a move away from Crystal Palace when his trickery and bravery led to the host equalising the match. The Ivorian was able to step aside from Bellerin, edging to the by-line before providing a low cross to Townsend who took his chance well and brought Palace back into the match with his goal.
In the 62nd minute, Lacazette and Sanchez combined well to give the Gunners the lead once again, with the Chilean playing better in this match, unlike his recent performances. Sanchez first headed the ball to Lacazette, who did well controlling the ball and setting up Alexis who struck the ball one time to beat fellow South American from his near post.
Four minutes after would see the Chilean score his second goal of the match with Jack Wilshere providing a sublime assist for his teammate. Jack Wilshere produced one of the passes of the season thus far when pinged a long-range pass to Alexis who did well bringing the ball down with his chest and placing it in the corner of the opposition’s post.
Palace kept fighting to get back into the game but would only get a consolation goal late on in the 89th minute through James Tomkins. Tomkins rose highest to head in from a corner kick, sending the home fans into raptures as the searched for the equaliser but couldn’t get it as the match ended in a 3-2 defeat for the home side.