Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal – player ratings

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Two second half goals from Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal to victory against Crystal Palace tonight, after the first half opener from Shkodran Mustafi was matched by an Andros Townsend strike early in the second half.

Read the match report and watch the goals here.

Here’s how the players rated.

PC
33
6
CC
21
6
SM
20
7
LK
6
6
JW
10
8
GX
29
6.5
HB
24
5.5
SK
31
6
11
7
AS
7
8.5
AL
9
7.5
PC
33
6
CC
21
6
SM
20
7
LK
6
6.5
JW
10
8
GX
29
7
HB
24
6
SK
31
6
11
7
AS
7
9
AL
9
7.5
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33: Petr Cech

6
arseblog
6
Readers
45

Could really do very little about either goal but two shots on target and two goals for the opposition always reflects badly on a keeper

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21: Calum Chambers

6
arseblog
6
Readers
35

Exposed a bit for the goal, and some of his early passing was careless, but got some good tackles in and made 7 clearances. His first Premier League start of the season.

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20: Shkodran Mustafi

7
arseblog
7
Readers
54

Also found wanting on the goal, he could have done more, but his finish was superb and he made 10 clearances and two important blocks

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6: Laurent Koscielny

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
5

Found wanting a bit on the second Palace goal, generally fine but very obviously played it safe a few times after recent mistakes

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10: Jack Wilshere

8
arseblog
8
Readers
9

His best performance of the season, topped with a delicious assist for Alexis. What else can he do to convince the manager he's worthy of a new deal?

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29: Granit Xhaka

7
arseblog
6.5
Readers
53

Thought he used the ball well and with more speed than usual. The extra zip helped.

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24: Hector Bellerin

6
arseblog
5.5
Readers
37

Got forward really well at times, but had some issues defensively. Given how Ozil drifts, he's basically asked to play the entire right flank alone at times, not easy

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31: Sead Kolasinac

6
arseblog
6
Readers
57

Passing was more assured than in recent weeks but should have tracked Townsend's run for the goal. Switched off.

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11: Mesut Özil

7
arseblog
7
Readers
28

Some of the interplay in the first half was sensational, unlucky not to get a goal too

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7: Alexis Alexis

9
arseblog
8.5
Readers
38

Two superb goals made the difference and ensured we took three points tonight. While frustration with him has been understandable to an extent, he showed what we've been missing tonight.

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9: Alexandre Lacazette

7.5
arseblog
7.5
Readers
58

Thought he worked very hard, held the ball up well, and although he was annoyed to come off, we have three games in basically 6 days and we need him sharp - especially for Chelsea. Assist for the Sanchez second,

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34: Francis Coquelin

N/R
arseblog
5
Readers
40

He came on

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

N/R
arseblog
5.5
Readers
56

On too late to rate

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 Mustafi's response to Wilshere being asked 'are you back to your best?' yet again on Sky.

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