The trophy jinx was ended emphatically last May when Aaron Ramsey prodded home the winner and this time the Welsh Jesus was in hand again to break one of Arsenal’s recent jinx- opening day fallibility. It all seemed to end in a rather disappointing draw only for the Welshman to poke home from close range in stoppage time. The result was harsh on Palace but who cares it’s all about the 3 points and finally a win on the opening day since 09. I genuinely feared that Michael Owen would have started a new X years since opening day win had we not won today.
Crystal Palace may have parted ways with Tony Pulis but the organisation and discipline of the Palace defence had Pulis written all over it. Arsenal bossed the possession but the Gunners failed to test Speroni nor create an opening. The midfield was short of creativity and our the movement is not yet at the optimal level. Santi Cazorla was shocking, Alexis had his moments and Sanogo was Sanogo. Even Ramsey wasn’t at his best. Special mention to Chambers who was excellent and Debuchy didn’t look out of place either. As is the norm Palace scored against the run of play from a corner. Szczesny’s misplaced clearance found Chamakh who hoiked it goalwards and fortunately for Arsenal Koscielny made a spectacular block. From the resulting corner Brede Hangeland scored and from an Arsenal point of view, shoddy marking and a BFG shaped hole in the defence. Our set piece deliveries were poor all afternoon but Sanchez floated in a beautiful
delivery for Koscielny to glance home the equaliser. 1-1 going into half time. Monreal replaced Gibbs, who was taken off with a hamstring injury. The second half was no different, Arsenal huffing and puffing, Palace fouling and kicking. Arsene Wenger put Giroud upfront forth the ungainly Sanogo and our attack improved a notch. Giroud provided a better focal point for our midfielders and the last throw of the dice from Arsene, Chambo came on for Wilshere. The Ox provided the thrust and pace, his deliveries may have lacked accuracy but his sheer presence unsettled the away side. Puncheon was sent off for a second bookable offence and in hindsight it proved fatal. The game meandered towards a frustrating draw only for the Welsh Jesus to think otherwise.