Iwobi, Lacazette score as Arsenal down Crystal Palace 4-1

Alex Iwobi and Alexander Lacazette scored as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 4-1

Arsenal ended a run of three Premier League games without a win thanks to a four-goal burst in the first half which helped to see off Crystal Palace.

Nacho Monreal opened the scoring with a header and then assisted both of the next two goals for Alex Iwobi and Laurent Koscielny all inside the first 13 minutes.

Alexandre Lacazette then rounded off a brilliant move to make it 4-0 after 22 minutes.

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Luka Milivojevic pulled one back late on, but Palace slipped back one place to 13th in the table, while Arsenal stayed sixth, two points behind Tottenham.

Monreal’s part in Arsenal’s victory lasted just 34 minutes, with the Spanish defender being substituted due to an injury.

His inclusion in the starting line-up was one of four changes to the side that had lost 2-1 at Bournemouth last week, with Mesut Ozil, also recalled after injury, outstanding in partnership with Jack Wilshere.

Palace were much improved in the second half, but ultimately paid the price for their poor defending in the early part of the match to end a run of five games unbeaten away from Selhurst Park.

Yohan Cabaye was carried off on a stretcher just before full time, and may add to a lengthy Palace injury list that includes Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann.

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