For the second straight game, Arsene Wenger left Sanchez out of his matchday squad and the Frenchman seems poised for a pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a replacement after Borussia Dortmund confirmed the Gunners had made a bid, thought to be in the region of €50m.
Arsenal proved that there is still life after Alexis Sanchez as they stormed to a sensational 4-0 lead in the first-half against Crystal Palace. The club-record signing was without a goal since the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United at the start of December.
The win leaves the Gunners in sixth place, two points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Southampton on Sunday.
"For 45 minutes our fans have seen some great football". It was said by Wenger that the Chilean will play if anything doesn't really escalate, but he was not in the team sheet against Crystal Palace.
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Monreal alertly hooked the ball into the six-yard box after Palace failed to deal with a cross and Koscielny was on hand to prod home for the French defender's first goal of the season.
Palace did restore just a little pride after the restart at the Emirates Stadium, however, scoring the only goal of the second half through a Luka Milivojevic strike to offer Hodgson some encouragement.
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Ozil exchanged passes with Jack Wilshere and upon receiving the return, flicked a sumptuous backheel into the path of Lacazette, who swept home first-time into the bottom-right corner.