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Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: 5 talking points

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League

After being dismantled at Selhurst Park last season, Arsenal were out on a mission not to suffer a similar fate. Going into the game, Arsenal had won just two away games, so they weren't really the favourites. On the other hand, Crystal Palace went into the game on their longest unbeaten streak in the top-flight since 1990.

In an end to end game, Crystal Palace’s unbeaten streak was put to the sword as Arsenal ran out 3-2 winners at Selhurst Park. A brace from Alexis Sánchez and an unlikely cool finish from Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsène Wenger’s men all 3 points. Arsenal remain sixth in the league table, only 1 point behind 4th placed Liverpool. While for Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace sit in 16th, only 1 point above the relegation zone.

Here are the main talking points from the game. 

#5 Calum Chambers brought into the starting XI

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League
Calum Chambers has played 247 minutes of football this season

Many were surprised to see the 22-year-old in the line-up, as he hadn't played a single minute of Premier League football this season prior to the Palace tie. Arsène Wenger had made it abundantly clear that Rob Holding is also ahead of him in the pecking order. Alas, Calum Chambers was given his opportunity against Crystal Palace, in return, he gave us a mixed performance, simultaneously showing us his potential whilst displaying his glaringly obvious deficiencies.

Reminiscent of his horror show against Jefferson Montero, Calum Chambers let Wilfred Zaha beat him down the flank to set up Palace’s first goal. After that, he looked a bag nerves, petrified every time every time Zaha touched the ball. The Englishman regained composure after that rocky spell, helping to sure things up at the back before an untimely set piece goal was conceded.

In his rare start for the Gunners, Chambers won 4 aerials, made 7 clearances, created 1 chance and completed 85% of his passes. With Nacho Monreal out injured, the youngster has given Arsène Wenger food for thought. 

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