LONDON, Sporting Alert – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger makes three changes to his side for today’s English Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium.
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GOAL UPDATE: Alex Iwobi (56)
Arsenal have now taken a 2-0 lead over Crystal Palace with Iwobi grabbing his team’s second with a close-range header. The Gunners are well on their way to moving back into the Top Three and push Manchester City out of the Champions League spots.
GOAL UPDATE: Olivier Giroud (17)
Giroud scored a brilliant goal to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Crystal Palace after the Frenchman delivered a scorpion-like finish to match or even better the goal Mkhitaryan netted for Manchester United in midweek.
He starts off the attack with a lovely flick on halfway, and as Sanchez gets down the left flank, his cross is slightly behind Giroud. No bother for him; he sticks his leg out behind him and flicks it into the top corner off the bar. A massive contender for goal of the season!
Mesut Ozil, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs are the three players making way for Arsenal in this New Year’s Day matchup, with Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Perez coming into the starting lineup.
Olivier Giroud will lead the attack again with Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez also starting.
Arsenal said Ozil misses the game because of illness.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace make one change from the 1-1 draw at Watford with James Tomkins coming in for Damien Delaney, who misses the game because of suspension.
Mathieu Flamini, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke all start for Sam Allardyce, who will take charge of his second game since returning to management after losing the England job.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Sanchez, Lucas Perez, Giroud. Subs: Ramsey, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mustafi, Reine-Adelaide, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Tomkins, Ward, Flamini, Puncheon, Townsend, Cabaye, Zaha, Christian Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Campbell, Lee, Mutch, Sako, Husin, Phillips
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)