Full-time: Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal

  • Sixth-place Arsenal move level on points with Tottenham and within a point of the top four after securing only their third away league win of the season at Selhurst Park
  • Shkodran Mustafi scores on the half-volley after Alexandre Lacazette's shot is parried directly into his path by Julian Speroni
  • Wilfried Zaha tees up Andros Townsend for a thumping equaliser five minutes after the interval
  • Alexis Sanchez restores Arsenal's lead with an early drive that goes in off the hand of the goalkeeper
  • The Chilean then feeds on a brilliant long pass from Jack Wilshere to notch his second goal in four minutes
  • James Tomkins' 89th-minute header from a Townsend corner sets up a nervy finish, but spirited Palace cannot find a last-gasp leveller to preserve their impressive unbeaten run and remain two points above the relegation zone in 16th
  • Arsene Wenger reverts to a three-man defence on a night where he equals Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games as a manager
Arsene Wenger promises busy Arsenal transfer window and says no approaches for Alexis Sanchez Hayters

That is it from me, thanks for following along. IBTimes UK will be back on Saturday to bring you live coverage of a seven-game slate of Premier League games that includes Chelsea vs Stoke, Liverpool vs Leicester and Manchester United vs Southampton.

Until then, it's goodbye.


Palace's longest-ever Premier League unbeaten run is now at an end, but they showed good spirit to make a game of it after being dominated for most of the first half.

It's another tough test up next as undefeated leaders Manchester City visit Selhurst on Sunday lunchtime.


A nervy finish to that London derby, but Arsenal hold on to record a deserved victory on a special, record-equalling night for their manager.

They stay sixth, but move level on points with Tottenham and within one of the top four ahead of a trip to struggling West Brom on New Year's Eve.



Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal


Townsend finds space down the left channel but can only pick out Ozil on the edge of the box with several Palace players waiting in the middle.

Arsenal break quickly and Ozil looks to run down the clock.


Palace are penned back towards their own corner flag before Zaha wins a corner off Mustafi.

Townsend's delivery is cleared, although the attack is kept alive.


Four minutes of stoppage time signalled by the fourth official. Can Palace find a last-gasp equaliser?


Tomkins soars above Chambers and Koscielny to head Townsend's corner past Cech.

We're in for a grandstand finish in south London.

James Tomkins


Goal: Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal (James Tomkins)


Schlupp seizes on a woeful header from Bellerin and provides a low cross towards Sako, whose driven effort is deflected wide by Mustafi.


Arsenal incensed as Sako appears to handle the ball before shooting high and wide.

Xhaka looked to be showing no ill effects after that injury scare, but he is withdrawn anyway as a precaution. Maitland-Niles enters the fray for the final few minutes.


Three successive Zaha crosses from the left are cleared by Arsenal. The first was teed up by a lovely pass from Schlupp that caught out Bellerin.


Palace spurn a glorious opportunity to make this a one-score game with seven minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

Zaha gets in front of Bellerin at the back post but the cross from Sako bounces off his shoulder and wide.


A vicious half-volley from Bellerin from a tricky angle forces Speroni into a strong save at his near post.

Xhaka appears to have hurt his groin while trying to keep pressure on Milivojevic.


Accomplished defending from Chambers to thwart Zaha and concede the corner. Hodgson's final change sees Kelly replaced by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.


Sako's delivery intended for McArthur is firmly headed away by Mustafi and a fizzed right-wing cross from Townsend finds its way through to Cech.

All a bit flat now at Selhurst.


Wenger looks to preserve Arsenal's two-goal lead by sending on Francis Coquelin in place of Lacazette, who does not look too pleased to be coming off.


Arsenal's man of the moment. How they would dearly love him to stay.

Alexis Sanchez


Hodgson responds to that quickfire double by withdrawing Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek in favour of Bakary Sako.


Arsenal carve out another chance but Ozil blazes over from a Sanchez pull-back.

Before that, Schlupp landed a cross on the roof of the net.


Sanchez has been rightfully criticised for his ineffective performances over recent weeks, but he's certainly proving his commitment to the cause this evening.

The contract rebel somehow cushions a glorious long pass from Wilshere with his thigh before cooly slotting past Speroni.

Arsenal looked all at sea for a little while after Townsend's equaliser, but two goals in four minutes have them firmly back in the ascendancy.


Goal: Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal (Alexis Sanchez)


Palace were only on level terms for 13 minutes as Arsenal edge back in front.

Benteke's poor clearance from a corner falls to Chambers, who lofts the ball straight back into the box.

Lacazette is unable to create space for a shot after Sanchez's flick-on and the Chilean produces a quick shot that goes through the legs of Tomkins and goes in off the hand of Speroni at the near post.


Goal: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Alexis Sanchez)