Elneny starts in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Palace
Arsenal’s starting XI: Čech; Bellerin, Koscienly, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi; Sanchez, Perez, Giroud.
Crystal Palace’s starting XI: Hennessy; Ward, Tomkins, Dann, Kelly; Flamini, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend, Benteke.
Arsenal started the game superbly, dominating and controlling the early minutes, which saw them scoring their first goal in the 17th minute through Oliver Giroud.
The Frenchman scored after a speedy counter attack ended with him converting Sanchez’s cross with a magnificent scorpion kick to make it 1-0 to the Gunners.
Arsenal continued their dominance over the visitors in the second half and they converted it into goals after Alex Iwobi extended their lead with a header in the 56th minute.
Both sides came close to scoring in the last 30 minutes of the game, but nothing materialized as it ended 2-0 to the Arsenal.
Egypt international Mohamed Elneny played 73 minutes before being substituted, and managed to produce a very good performance in terms of passing and defensive work.
The result sees Arsenal leapfrog Manchester City into third place, three points behind second-placed Liverpool and nine points behind leaders Chelsea, while Crystal Palace lie at 17th, two points above the relegation zone.
The Gunners’ next game will be against Bournemouth at Dean Court on Tuesday, January 3, while Palace are set to host Swansea City on the same day.
It’s worth mentioning that this game is Elneny’s last appearance for the Gunners before the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be played in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February.
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