Alexis Sanchez scores a double as Arsenal withstand late Crystal Palace fightback

Sanchez brace grounds Eagles

Crystal Palace had been undefeated in its last eight games and, though it next hosts Manchester City, it again demonstrated it can survive by often resisting Arsenal and going level with Andros Townsend's goal.

Just four minutes later, Arsenal were clear.

On the performance against Palace, Wenger added: "Overall it was a convincing win even though in the second half it was harder than the first", Wenger told Sky Sports. A brilliant football player. Subs: Maitland-Niles 6, Coquelin 6. He drags it down the outside of Schlupp, checks back leaving his man for a burton, and curls a shot that Speroni can only push back into play, and Mustafi confidently strokes home.

Six minutes later, Arsenal would have been two up but for Speroni who produced an excellent, one-handed reaction save after Ozil had latched onto Sanchez's superbly weighted through ball.

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"We'll see when he [Wenger] speaks to me but I'm sure it will get done", Wilshere said.

After Townsend's well-worked equaliser assisted by a pinpoint Wilfried Zaha cross had changed the game's complexion, Arsenal's nerves were settled only when Palace striker Christian Benteke hit a poor clearance out of defence, a mistake that ended with Sanchez rifling home the visitors' second in the 62nd minute. The midfielder has been one of the most consistent players in Hodgson side this term and has popped up with important goals from the penalty spot, including the opener in the 1-1 draw with Swansea last time out. Great finish; can Arsenal really think about cashing in on him next month? Wislhere, given time on halfway, lifts a wondrous pass over the top for Sanchez, who takes it beautifully on his knee, opens his body, and slips a finish past Speroni.

"He showed he's back in a good shape and is competitive".

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.

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