Arsenal boss Wenger repeats Alexis stance: I'm not fearful

Winning the double Wenger became the first foreign manager to win the Premier League and FA Cup double in England in 1997-98. Arsenal overturned a 13-point deficit to win the title before beating Newcastle in the cup final

On the occasion where he equalled Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games in charge, Arsene Wenger saw his side start out with plenty of verve but their vigour was matched by the hosts.

Arsenal will be desperate to close the gap on the top four when we travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace this evening.

Arsenal were 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.

Arsene Wenger insists he is "not fearful" of Alexis Sanchez leaving Arsenal in January.

Although Palace went into the match without a defeat in their previous eight top-flight outings, Arsenal were well in charge for the majority of the first half and were fully deserving of the opening goal through Shkodran Mustafi in the 25th minute. 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.

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The Chilean extended Arsenal's lead in the 66th minute, racing on to a sumptuous pass over the Palace defence from Wilshere - who also has just over six months left on his contract - before calmly nudging the ball beyond the stranded Speroni.

"I can only repeat what I've said until now and I've said it many times, so I won't repeat".

62' - GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Sanchez) Palace don't clear properly and Chambers lifts the ball towards the back post when the giant Sanchez wins a towering header, nodding down to Lacazette who does really well to hold up and tee him back up for an early spank which rushes past Speroni at his near post before he's noticed anything untoward. In the same fixture last season, Palace defeated Arsenal 3-0 ultimately ending the Gunners faint title ambitions at the time.

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

James Tomkins gave Palace a lifeline on 89 minutes with a headed consolation from Townsend's corner but the Eagles ran out of time.

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