Premier League Statistics: Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 20th January 2018
- Venue – Emirates Stadium
- Attendance -59,386
- Referee – Chris Kavanagh
- Bookings – None
- Goals – Monreal, Iwobi, Koscielny, Lacazette
- Star Eagle – James Tomkins (7.5)
An awful opening twenty-two minutes handed the hosts all three points to become the only team to have beaten the Eagles in the last thirteen games. A combination of a wounded Arsenal side and an off day for Palace contributed to what was a hefty defeat but the manner in which it started, there could have been much more damage by the time the final whistle went. Roy Hodgson will not be happy with the defending for either of the goals but he may regret playing the formation he did which allowed the Arsenal to run through the midfield at will. Hopefully a much needed weekend off before the next run of games will be of benefit to the injury hit squad of players.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.6) – Another questionable display from a goalkeeper that really should not be as indecisive as he seems to be most games.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6.4) – Following a number of recent good games, this was a disappointing showing from the young defender.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.5) – Kept his head when all those around him were losing theirs but this was far from a man job.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.2) – First poor performance since returning to the starting line up but hardly had the support from those around and in front of him.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.0) – Very questionable defensive qualities in this one but decent going forward but we have known this for a while now. Always willing to get forward and support the attack when he was able.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.9) – Wore the captains armband with pride again and managed to grab the consolation goal but while he continued to battle in the middle, it was a tough afternoon for him.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.5) – Much of the game passed him by and the game was summed up when he left the field late on through injury. Replaced by 44 Jairo Riedewald (6.1) on 90 minutes who had little time to make an impact on the game in the dying minutes.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.3) – Lost his man for two of the goals in a game to forget for the Scotsman.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.1) – Not up to his usual standard and found himself more frustrated than getting into the game. Still remained a threat when in possession but he was not involved as much as he usually is.
26 BAKARY SAKO (6.9) – A sublime pass to Benteke who failed to convert which deserved so much better but a spirited performance from the Malian once again.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.8) – Worked hard both with and without the ball but needs to appease fans by getting his share of goals which he is clearly struggling to do. Needs competition for his place in the side to push him.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 2 Joel Ward, 23 Pape Souare, 27 Damien Delaney, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 10 Andros Townsend
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“Three goals in thirteen minutes put us on the back foot, it was a poor first half. Second half we at least played like the team we try to be. We took a heavy beating but at least it did not get any worse. It could have become an avalanche of goals. It was easy street for Arsenal but we made it hard for them in the second half. We lost our marking twice on Nacho Monreal and he punished us, I don’t think it’s a malaise in the club or the way we play but Arsenal found a weakness today. They were every bit as good as they can be today. They scored a really good ‘Arsenal goal’ as well.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination. In the second half the challenge was to keep the same drive and we did not manage to do that. The speed of our game at the start was good. We are the only team to beat Palace in their last twelve games. Not scoring had played on Lacazette’s mind, it was starting to get heavy for him so that is a relief. We know the challenge in front of us is very difficult, exciting as well.” – Arsene Wenger courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Nacho Monreal (9.2) while Alexandre Lacazette (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Reiss Nelson (4) and Hector Bellerin and Jack Wilshere (3) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.54 – 6.52
- Total shots: 16 – 9
- Shots on target: 10 – 5
- Possession: 63.8% – 36.2%
- Pass success: 87% – 82%
- Dribbles: 11 – 4
- Aerials won: 20 – 15
- Tackles: 21 – 12
- Corners: 5 – 10
- Dispossessed: 10 – 14
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 25 points from 24 games, level on points with Bournemouth in 12th and one point ahead of Huddersfield Town in 14th.
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