Arsenal was in fine form against Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson’s men were dealt a blow at the Emirates as the January transfer window continues to make the rounds in Europe at the moment.
With the home side set to lose Alexis Sanchez to arch-rivals Manchester United, the forward was left out of the starting line-up fuelling expectations as regards to the match.
However, the Gunners won 4-1 against the London side at home after losing 3-0 at Selhurst last season. This result might have restored some level of confidence at the club as goals from the quartet of Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, skipper Laurent Koscielny and striker Alexander Lacazette were all on the score sheet to set the tone for a famous 4-1 win.
With the 4-1 victory over (Crystal) Palace, we take a look at three significant Points.
ARSENAL OUTCLASS CRYSTAL PALACE
The Gunners showed their quality against the visitors as they scored four goals past Crystal Palace side before the half time break.
Crystal Palace though got a consolation goal through Luka Milivojevic in the 78TH minutes but Arsenal’s superiority was evident as they mesmerized the opposition in the danger area.
Jack Wilshere and co shown in midfield as they dominated the match due to their technical prowess over the visiting side. The (ball) Possession indicates how the home side held play in transition as Arsenal dictated the flow of the match in the midfield to down Crystal Palace at home.
CLASSY MESUT OZIL
The German playmaker was at the tick of the match for Arsenal as he linked up the midfield to the attack. Ozil’s pass (back flick) set-up Alexander Lacazette for the fourth goal of the match as the home side showed some sort of free styling on the field of play with their super flow of brilliance.
The German playmaker showed his immense talent and playmaking ability just like former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho as he wowed the visitors with his silky touches in transition to set-up goals in the contest.
With Alexis Sanchez probably leaving the Emirates Stadium in about time only the player (Ozil) knows whether he is trying to play himself into the transfer window as United and Barcelona are still searching for attacking options with Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to move this January possibly to the Emirates Stadium.
FIRST WIN IN 2018
The Gunners finally won a football match in the New Year as they smashed Crystal Palace 4-1 at home. The likes of (Laurent) Koscielny and Alexander Lacazette scored to make it 4-0 after Nacho Monreal and Nigerian attacking midfield player Alex Iwobi had given Arsenal a deserved 2-0 lead with their brilliant displays on the pitch.
Arsenal since the turn of the New Year has not won a match as they drew goalless with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg coupled with a 2-2 draw with them at the Emirates Stadium as Hector Bellerin scored to salvage the match for Arsenal in the closing moments of the game.
Arsene Wenger’s side lost 2-1 at Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth last weekend prompting lots of questions and transfer deliberations in the wake of the defeat.
With this 4-1 win Arsenal had their first win of the 2018 Calendar as transfer uncertainties continues to unfold around the club.