Perspective is a funny thing in football because as we all know, one minute you can be on top of the world and then the next you can be suffering from an extremely bad run of form. In the case of Arsenal their luck tends to fluctuate more than most big teams, and in recent times, they’ve been subjected to some defeats against sides that they would never have lost to even a few years ago.
Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday was certainly positive, especially on the back of Alexis Sanchez’s imminent departure from the club. Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi all seemed more influential for the Gunners.
However, the win should not be used to paper over the cracks at the club or in the team. Palace headed to north London without a number of their key defensive players, including first-choice centre-back partnership of Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho.
Team seemed to play better without Sanchez
Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, after four goals in the first 22 minutes of the game.
Arsenal made a quick start to the game, as Alex Iwobi’s shot from the edge of the area was straight at Wayne Hennessey on six minutes. From the resulting corner kick, the Gunners took the lead. Granit Xhaka’s corner kick found Nacho Monreal at the far post and the defender headed home from close range.
On Saturday afternoon, Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways.
Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a poor run of form in the Premier League. The Gunners have won just two of their last nine league games, although five of those games have finished in draws.
Last time out in the Premier League, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat Bournemouth. The defeat leaves Arsene Wenger’s team eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for the Champions League places.
On Sunday afternoon, West Brom host Arsenal at the Hawthorns in the Premier League, as both sides look to chalk up vital points.
West Brom are currently in the thick of the relegation dogfight. The Baggies are second from bottom in the top-flight table but are just three points away from the safety of 17th place.
The home side have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League games after a goalless home draw with Everton last time out. The Baggies have failed to win in their last nine home games in the top-flight.
Arsenal’s 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace on Thursday night was inspired by the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez. It was not the first time in his Gunners career that the Chilean has been the match-winner.
However, this season we have seen less match-winning displays from the undoubtedly talented forward. Speculation has again gathered pace that he may be on the move in January, with Manchester City favourites to sign Sanchez in January at 5/2.
Leaving in January or the summer
One thing is now clear Alexis Sanchez is leaving Arsenal in the near future. Whether his exit will be in next month or in the summer is of yet unclear.
Arsenal recorded a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Thursday night in an entertaining Premier League clash.
The Gunners dominated the early proceedings, with Calum Chambers seeing a shot from outside of the area blocked before Granit Xhaka fired over the bar from just outside the box.
The home side had their first real sight of goal on 16 minutes, as Yohan Cabaye’s effort from 20 yards out went just wide of Petr Cech’s post. At the other end of the pitch, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined well to find Xhaka in the area, but the midfielder saw his shot on goal blocked.
On Thursday night, Arsenal travels to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, as the Gunners look to cut the gap on fourth place Liverpool.
The home side are unlikely to be easy opponents, as the Eagles are now undefeated in their last eight games in the top-flight. However, Roy Hodgson’s team have drawn five of those eight undefeated games.
The Eagles are by no means out of the relegation scrap, despite an improvement in fortunes of late. In fact, they are 16th in the top-flight table, just a point above Bournemouth who occupy the last relegation spot in the top-flight.
Arsenal were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Friday with the game serving as a superb advert for Premier League football. Despite the exciting draw, it was another game without a win for Arsenal, who are losing ground on those above them.
Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka were able to drag the Gunners back to 2-2 after the home side had conceded twice before Mesut Ozil struck to see Arsenal score three goals in five minutes. However, the visitors scored once more to secure a point from a game that they really should have won considering they were two goals up.
According to reports from the Metro (among others), Arsenal are lining up a £35million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for wantaway Chilean international Alexis Sanchez.
The Metro reports that Manchester City could renew their interest in Sanchez in the winter transfer window. However, if the Chilean fails to secure a move in the January transfer window, he will likely leave the Gunners next summer as a free agent.
That obviously means Arsenal need to find a replacement for the 28-year-old, as well as Mesut Ozil who also looks set to leave.