Iwobi Competes With Ozil, Lacazette For Arsenal's Best Player Award Vs Palace

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

The hosts were four goals up inside the opening quarter of the game, with Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette all hitting the target.

With Sanchez moving slowly but surely towards a £35 million (39.6 million euros, $48.5 million) transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester United, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger left him out of his matchday squad.

The Gunners ended a five-match winless run in all competitions and tasted victory for the first time in 2018 thanks to their incredible goal blitz at the Emirates Stadium.

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

"We know the challenge in front of us is very hard, but it's exciting as well".

But whatever Arsenal's comings and goings before the end of the January window, they were certainly not short of firepower at Emirates Stadium as a sorry Palace were swept aside in a devastating opening.

And Sanchez's soon to be former team-mates didn't seem fazed by his impending exit either as they raced into a sixth-minute lead.

The Gunners full-back then turned provider, after the home side doubled their lead within 10 minutes after a poor clearance, by Palace full-back Fosu Mensah allowed the Spaniard's low cross, into a unsafe area for the unmarked Iwobi to tap in from close range.

Arsenal made it 3-0 when Koscielny bundled the ball in.

Monreal limped off with a knock before the interval, but Arsenal were in such command that Wenger could afford to send on 18-year-old forward Reiss Nelson for his Premier League debut in the second half.

Ozil had a hand in the fourth goal as his delightful backheeled pass was finished off by Lacazette.

- Nacho Monreal was involved in three of Arsenal's goals before being substituted (1 goal, 2 assists) - as many as in his previous 43 Premier League games combined (2 goals, 1 assist).

But Palace put up more fight in the second half and even got a consolation goal through Luka Milivojevic with 12 minutes left.

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