Alex Iwobi on target in Arsenal's demolition of Crystal Palace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

As Sanchez's Man Utd move continues to grabd the headlines, Arsenal did much to banish the moody feeling by putting Crystal Palace to the sword with a blistering start.

Arsenal showed there was plenty of life after Alexis Sanchez as they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday without the Manchester United-bound Chilean forward.

"I didn't take him because there is a question of him moving to Manchester United and you can not drive up north and as well play football", said Wenger.

The deal would see Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Gunners, which made talks more complicated and was slowing them down, Wenger said.

The hosts were four goals up inside the opening quarter of the game, with Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette all hitting the target.

Palace were particularly guilty of poor defending at corners at the Emirates Stadium, which led to the goals from Monreal and Koscielny.

Palace netted a consolation through Luka Milivojevic on 78 minutes, but the match ended 4-1 in favour of a fragile Arsenal.


Ozil had a hand in the fourth goal as his delightful backheeled pass was finished off by Lacazette.

Yet even without new reinforcements, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said that Arsenal had a team that could punish anyone, regardless of Sanchez's absence.

Palace showed belated signs of life as Bakary Sako caused havoc among the Arsenal defence and shot straight at Petr Cech, who was at full stretch shortly before the break to keep out Wilfried Zaha's deflected effort.

- Arsenal went 4-0 up in the opening 22 minutes in this game - the earliest a side has led by that many in a Premier League game since Liverpool against the Gunners themselves in February 2014 (20 minutes).

Palace end the day 15th in the Premier League, four points above the relegation zone.

It was the first time a Premier League team had scored three goals in the first 13 minutes since Arsenal against Newcastle in 2011.

- Luka Milivojevic scored his seventh Premier League goal, with the Gunners the only team he has scored against a couple of times.

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