Arsenal overcame Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday, registering their first points of the English Premier League season. The Gunners started the match well, putting the hosts on the back foot. Palace would block any advances made into the box though, closing down attempts throughout the opening minutes.
Seven minutes into the match, the visitors broke for a counterattack and Alexis Sanchez saw his effort cleared off the line after he had beaten the goalkeeper. It took the home team 15 minutes to test Petr Cech. New signing Yohan Cabaye made a long range effort which Cech had no troubles saving.
Just a minute later, Olivier Giroud had plucked in the ball at the other end. The Frenchman connected with a Mesut Ozil cross with an overhead kick. Giroud realised that he had over shot his run but quick improvising saw him score a strong contender for goal of the month.
Alan Pardew’s men tried to come back into the game with Jason Puncheon controlling the midfield for some brief moments. However it was Sanchez who missed the opportunity to double the lead. In the 27th minute, left back Nacho Monreal surged forward to add numbers and he whipped in a brilliant cross that was too high for Giroud but dropped kindly for Sanchez but the Chilean headed over the crossbar.
The resulting attack from the south Londoners saw them draw level. James McArthur helped up the ball at the edge of the box before he laid off a pass to Joel Ward, who hit the ball first time to see it hit the back of the net. The FA Cup champions pushed forward in the closing stages of the half but could not find the back of net.
Three minutes into the second half Connor Wickham hit the post after meeting a cross on the right hand side. From then on Arsene Wenger’s men began controlling the pace of the game as Santi Cazorla and Ozil strung the passes into their attacking third. In the 55th minute Sanchez jumped unopposed at the far post to head the ball down and while Scott Dann changed the direction of the ball, his attempted clearance found its way into his own net.
The Eagles tried to draw level again but Wenger and his men stood resolute in order to secure the points. Wenger’s boys are up and running after slipping to a home defeat against West Ham United on the opening day.