Two goals in a five-minute second half spell from Chilean Striker Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal pull off a 2-3 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday.
The 29 years long term future is still in doubt as he is out of contact at the end of the season and currently being touted by several clubs including the Premier Leagues current runaway leaders Manchester City who just missed out on his signature during the last transfer window.
Back to the game, and it was Shkodran Mustafi who opened the scoring with a first half strike that ensured the Gunners held the advantage at the break. It was an advantage that was soon lost after the restart, Wilfred Zaha’s cross catching the Gunners defence asleep, so Andros Townsend could capitalise and level the score.
It wasn’t long before Arsenal were back in control, Sanchez squeezing the ball past Palace goal keeper Speroni to make it 2-1, before he coolly collected man of the match’s Jake Wilshere’s excellent cross from within his own half, for Sanchez to control and flick into the net to make it 3-1.
James Tomkins headed a late consolation goal late in the game, but it was all the home side could muster as the Gunners moved back up to sixth place, level with Tottenham who are in fifth on goal difference and only a point behind forth placed Liverpool.
Next up for palace is a difficult home match against Premier league leaders Manchester City, while Arsenal have a trip to West Brom to end 2017.