Wenger opens up over Sanchez future after Palace display

"We suffered a bit but for the biggest part of the game we played well".

For Crystal Palace, manager Roy Hodgson has taken 18 points from 12 games to guide the Eagles to 16th place.

The Gunners are now sixth in the table, three points behind Tottenham and four away from Liverpool in fourth spot as they seek victory over Roy Hodgson's improved side.

Kolasinac has not featured in the Premier League since the 1-1 draw with Southampton earlier this month, with the club switching formations to play four at the back.

At a time when there are still doubts about Wenger's abilities despite his remarkable longevity - in overseeing his 810th Premier League fixture the Frenchman equalled the record of Sir Alex Ferguson - his team displayed so numerous traits he inspires.

This fixture last season provided Palace's most memorable victory of the campaign as a Wilfried Zaha-inspired performance earned Sam Allardyce's side a 3-0 success.

Arsene Wenger has reverted to a back three with Calum Chambers starting alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny with Nacho Monreal ruled out with an ankle injury.

Hodgson will be further boosted by the return of striker Christian Benteke, who served his one-match suspension last time out against Swansea.

Alexis Sanchez was on hand to put Arsenal ahead once more after 62 minutes, and he scored again just four minutes later to put the game out of reach. With only a single top-flight victory in their last five matches, Arsene Wenger will be traveling to southeast London knowing his Gunners must improve on their recent poor form away from home. "We found the resources to score two great goals and from then we never gave up".

The Gunners will, however, be without Aaron Ramsey who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Palace have only kept one clean sheet in the 13 home Premier League matches since their 3-0 win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park in April.

  • Stacy Allen