Sanchez double seals win for record-equalling Wenger

Roy Hodgson is convinced Crystal Palace will receive huge offers for star Wilfried Zaha soon

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Arsene Wenger celebrated another landmark night in his garlanded Premier League career as an Alexis Sanchez double inspired his Arsenal charges to a pulsating 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Palace upped their tempo at the start of the second half, and five minutes into it they were level, good work from Wilfried Zaha fashioning an opportunity which was emphatically accepted by Andros Townsend.

Palace were able to apply some pressure during the opening stages, the closest they came to testing Petr Cech came when Yohan Cabaye shot narrowly wide from 20 yards out.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during tonight's Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Arsenal was off the mark first when Alexandre Lacazette's shot forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a save that reached only the unmarked Shkodran Mustafi, who tapped-in easily.

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Six minutes later, Arsenal would have been two up but for Speroni who produced an excellent, one-handed reaction save after Ozil had latched onto Sanchez's superbly weighted through ball.

It also made the winger a target for some robust treatment with Callum Chambers booked for pulling him back. The midfielder has been one of the most consistent players in Hodgson side this term and has popped up with important goals from the penalty spot, including the opener in the 1-1 draw with Swansea last time out.

62' - GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Sanchez) Palace don't clear properly and Chambers lifts the ball towards the back post when the giant Sanchez wins a towering header, nodding down to Lacazette who does really well to hold up and tee him back up for an early spank which rushes past Speroni at his near post before he's noticed anything untoward.

The first came after Chambers played a deep ball into the home penalty area that was controlled by Sanchez before the Chile global exchanged passes with Lacazette and drilled the ball past Speroni.

Sanchez was at it again four minutes later, firing in from the edge of the box after nice work by Jack Wilshere.

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