In a surprisingly tight match between two London giants, Arsenal eventually got crowned the winner in the end. Kazeem Olawale brings you four things we learned from the experience.
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez were enough to see the Gunners secure victory against the Eagles on Thursday night, with the Chile international double edging his side into a narrow 3-2 victory.
In a throbbing encounter, a late James Tomkins goal put the visitors under some late pressure. It was too little too late, though, as Arsène Wenger’s 811th game in the Premier League ended with his team earning a deserved win. In a Premier League fixtures that saw the Gunners drew level on points with Spurs, whom many have been placing free bets on finish above Arsenal this season, here are three things we learned.
1. Marvellous Mustafi
Returning to the starting line-up for the clash against the Eagles on Thursday, the Germany international finally showed what he was capable of.
His 23rd minute goal was the least impressive aspect of a performance which saw the Germany World Cup winner dominate Christian Benteke completely.
With no doubts, Mustafi’s £35 million transfer from Valencia seemed the best thing since slice bread for the North London club.
2. Kolasinac stars again
Many would have been scratching their heads in recent weeks with one of the teams most in-form players excluded from the starting line-up.
Arsène Wenger tried to explain the former Schalke star’s absence before his game, suggesting that the Bosnian was more used to a wing-back role in a three-man defence.
With Ainsley Maitland-Niles struggling with performance against Liverpool in the last game, however, Kolasinac made a welcome return to the team at Selhurst Park.
He was a constant thorn in Martin Kelly’s side, combining well with the impressive Mesut Ozil on several occasions. For a more brilliant performance, the Bosnian must not be dropped again.
3. Wilshere Wonderland
Of all the excellent Arsenal performances against Crystal Palace on Thursday night, one was distinctive.
Jack Wilshere was a commanding presence in central midfield. He made a brilliant assist for Sanchez’ second goal.
Aside that, he made interceptions and timely tackles, before passing out well-executed balls for his teammates. Brilliant performance like this give not only hope to the fans but to his employers. There’ve been rumours of renewed contract negotiations according to some Arsenal news which if any bears fruits, are warmly welcomed.