Who was your Man of the Match? Crystal Palace (H)

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

Arsenal ended a five-game winless streak in all competitions by thrashing London rivals Crystal Palace 4-1 with four goals inside the first 22 minutes in the Premier League on Saturday.

Wenger said the move wasn't yet "over the line".

Arsene Wenger made four changes from the side who fell to a disappointing defeat at Bournemouth last time out, with veteran defenders Koscielny and Monreal making their first appearance in 2018, whilst Mesut Ozil also returned to the starting lineup - Alexis Sanchez remained a notable absentee due to his anticipated move to Manchester United.

Nacho Monreal opened the scoring in the sixth minute at The Emirates, before Alex Iwobi made it 2-0 shortly after.

Wenger joked that while he had been tempted to select Sanchez, the logistics of transfers made his inclusion more hard.

"I didn't take him because there is a question of him moving to Manchester United and you can not drive up north and as well play football", Wenger said. We certainly want him to be and I would presume Chelsea would want him to be.

He said that the transfer was "likely", and could be confirmed in the next 48 hours.

Wenger explained his reasons for omitting Chile forward Sanchez, who is likely to join United while midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan travels in the opposite direction in a swap deal.

Wenger did not comment on speculation linking Arsenal to Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a possible Sanchez replacement.

Roy Hodgson feared Crystal Palace would concede seven or eight after Arsenal's blistering start left the Eagles "staring down the barrel of a gun". "It's taken them 14 minutes to score 3".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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