February 17, 2020

Arsenal unbeaten in last 19 Premier League home games

Arsenal thumped London rivals Crystal Palace 4-1 to end a five-game winless streak in all competitions.

The Arsenal Wenger team netted four goals inside the first 22 minutes in the mouth-watering Premier League clash on Saturday (20/1/18).

According to Reuters, goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette left Palace reeling and lifted the spirits among fans and players alike at The Emirates.

Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League home games kicking off at 6pm on a Saturday, since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign.

Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez, who is widely anticipated to sign for Manchester United, was left out of Arsenal’s squad but the team did not appear to miss his services.

The win leaves the Gunners in sixth place, two points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Southampton on Sunday.

Christian Benteke came close to scoring on the hour as Palace raced up the field on the break, only to thump the ball straight at an alert Petr Cech.

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored in the 78th minute, chesting the ball down before turning and shooing into the corner, but the result had long been beyond doubt by then.

What managers said after the match:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination. In the second half the challenge was to keep the same drive and we didn’t manage to do that.

“The speed of our game at the start was good. We are the only team to beat Palace in their last 12 games.

“Not scoring had played on Lacazette’s mind, it was starting to get heavy for him so that is a relief. We know the challenge in front of us is very difficult, exciting as well.

“For 45 minutes our fans have seen some great football.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “Three goals in 13 minutes put us on the back foot, it was a poor first half. Second half we at least played like the team we try to be. We took a heavy beating but at least it didn’t get any worse. It could have become an avalanche of goals.

Hodgson relieved ‘heavy beating’ didn’t get worse

“It was easy street for Arsenal but we made it hard for them in the second half. We lost our marking twice on Nacho Monreal and he punished us, I don’t think it’s a malaise in the club or the way we play but Arsenal found a weakness today.

“They were every bit as good as they can be today. They scored a really good ‘Arsenal goal’ as well.”

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