EPL: Alexis Sanchez scores twice as Arsenal defeat Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson is convinced Crystal Palace will receive huge offers for star Wilfried Zaha soon

Roy Hodgson is convinced Crystal Palace will receive huge offers for star Wilfried Zaha soon

But while Wenger's mind will be focused on three points, he must nevertheless be aware that the clash sees him draw level with great Manchester United adversary Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager who has directed most matches in Premier League history.

Having been hailed as "the future of English football" by Barcelona legend Xavi, Wilshere endured a tough few years but produced a fantastic display against Palace, setting up Alexis Sanchez for what would ultimately prove to be the deciding goal.

The home side went behind to a Shkodran Mustafi goal, which the defender took brilliantly to put past Julian Speroni, however, the Selhurst Park outfit fought back in the second half.

Palace were able to apply some pressure during the opening stages, the closest they came to testing Petr Cech came when Yohan Cabaye shot narrowly wide from 20 yards out.

Arsenal was off the mark first when Alexandre Lacazette's shot forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a save that reached only the unmarked Shkodran Mustafi, who tapped-in easily.

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Sead Kolasinac and Sanchez then combined brilliantly to send Mesut Ozil one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who this time impressively saved the German's composed finish.

But they were pegged back shortly after half time when Wilfried Zaha teed up former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to smash home an equaliser.

Sanchez was at it again four minutes later, firing in from the edge of the box after nice work by Jack Wilshere.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins scores his team's second gola in the 89th minute.

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