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Arsenal boss Wenger repeats Alexis stance: I'm not fearful

Arsenal boss Wenger repeats Alexis stance: I'm not fearful

The England midfielder provided a superb assist for Alexis Sanchez's second goal in the 66th minute and was widely praised for his performance.

Shkodran Mustafi stepped in as Jack Wilshere was pressed on his fitness levels following Arsenal's 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace's pressure and obvious ambition produced a goal in the 89th minute when, after a corner, Townsend crossed to James Tomkins who, under too little pressure at the back post, headed in to set up a grandstand finish.

Palace were fortunate to remain in 16th place without even kicking a ball after a dramatic round of Boxing Day fixtures, meaning a win against their London rivals would put them in a very comfortable position in the scrap for survival. A goal on Wednesday evening would likely help the prospects of the want-away attacker who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City or PSG in the January transfer window.

After Townsend's well-worked equaliser assisted by a pinpoint Wilfried Zaha cross had changed the game's complexion, Arsenal's nerves were settled only when Palace striker Christian Benteke hit a poor clearance out of defence, a mistake that ended with Sanchez rifling home the visitors' second in the 62nd minute. Palace remains one point off the drop zone.




"I am not fearful but as you said that will be a subject that arises because of his contractual situation", Wenger told Sky Sports.

In typical Palace fashion however, the south Londoners performed admirably when heavily considered the underdog, and raced into a 2-0 lead at half time courtesy of John Salako's first half brace. We found the resources to score two great goals and from then we never gave up.

"We gained composure. We have come here and it is a hard game for everyone in the league".

Wilshere, who is reportedly close to agreeing fresh terms, completed his fourth consecutive Premier League game after initially starting the season as a Europa League fringe player.


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