Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Alex Iwobi on target in Arsenal's demolition of Crystal Palace

Alex Iwobi on target in Arsenal's demolition of Crystal Palace

Gary Lineker has taken to social media to poke fun at the importance of Alexis Sanchez's impending Arsenal exit after the Gunners' 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

"The period of uncertainty was hard..." They haven't lost in a while and the only team to beat them in a while was us, so we knew we could do it.

"Of course, we encountered an Arsenal in that 20-minute period buoyed by the early goals who showed the full range of their passing skills and their movement in the middle of the field and it certainly put us very much on the back foot".

Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud are guaranteed absentees, while the injured trio of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil could return.

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

On Ozil he added: "I've said before that he understands football so well, and that's what makes him one of the best". "That's hard so that's why I chose to leave him out". The deal would see Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Gunners, which made talks more complicated and was slowing them down, Wenger said.

Sanchez was included in the Gunners' squad to play Crystal Palace on Saturday, although the players believed Arsene Wenegr might start him from the bench.

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

"The second half was of good quality and it's always a bit human that you have not exactly the same drive in the second half".

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