Oxlade-Chamberlain brace enough to see Gunners reclaim top spot

A second half brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and return to the top of the Premier League.

The England international, who was making his first start since the opening day of the season defeat to Aston Villa having recovered from the injury he sustained in that game, fired the Gunners in front two minutes into the second half before putting the result beyond doubt with a second seventeen minutes from time.

Manchester City were unable to reclaim top spot on Monday evening after losing 1-0 to Chelsea, meaning that Arsene Wenger’s men remain in first place, two points above both of the division’s title favourites.

The club will now turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to fourth place Liverpool, before hosting champions Manchester United the following Wednesday.

Liverpool then travel to the Emirates for in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday week, with the first leg of the Champions League last sixteen tie against holders Bayern Munich coming three days later.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was aware of Kim Kallstrom’s injury when he signed him on loan on transfer deadline day, according to the Mail Online.

The Sweden international midfielder is set to be side-lined until March with a back problem.

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