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1st Jan, 2017 | 5:51pm

Defender should be axed: Three things we learned about Arsenal in win v Crystal Palace

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Left-back dilemma

Arsene Wenger has a big decision on his hands. With Kieran Gibbs champing at the bit to get back into the Gunners’ first-choice starting XI, Monreal failed to show anything spectacular that would suggest he deserves a place in the starting line up. Gibbs, who was given a run out in the first team against West Brom on Boxing Day and performed well, should be given an extended run of games to prove to manager Arsene Wenger that he can offer the Frenchman more than his Spanish teammate.

28-year-old should be given more game time

Summer signing Lucas Perez showed just how he can improve Arsene Wenger’s side with a stunning display against the Eagles. His ability to link the midfield and attack was on show, as the £17.1million man replaced an ill Mesut Ozil. The Spaniard showed plenty of nice touches and kept possession well despite being away from his natural position of centre forward. Only his second Premier League start, Wenger should look to include him in the side in the Gunners’ coming games.

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Should midfielder now be first choice?

Mohamed Elneny’s strong performance against Crystal Palace should tempt Wenger into giving him more of a run in the side, as he continues to go understated in the middle of the park for the Gunners. Showing an intricate array of passing and willingness to put his body on the line, Egypt international Elneny has starred for the Gunners after signing for the north London side back in January 2016 from FC Basel but has been limited to intermittent appearances. But after a top performance against their London rivals, Elnensy should be considered as the Gunners’ first choice when he gets back from the Africa Cup of Nations.

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