Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Mesut Ozil after the Germany global produced an impressive display in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
“It’s a tough place to come to as an away player I’ve done it a few times and it’s not nice but to have the fans on my side today was good and hopefully they’ll be a key factor in our performances in the future”.
“There were times we played well, unlucky with Connor Wickham hitting the post”.
Having been pegged back before half-time, Arsenal – beaten by West Ham on the opening day – secured all three points just before the hour as Delaney handed the visitors their sixth successive win over Palace.
With Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck sidelined through injury, the Gunners are boosted by the return of Alexis Sanchez who without doubt is the star man of the team and likely goal scorer in today’s game. Sanchez rose high above Joel Ward to get a powerful header on towards the far post, and Damien Delaney’s futile attempt to block ensured the ball struck the back of the net. Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey fortified Arsenal’s midfield, per Harris.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, right, celebrates scoring a goal with… They were being talked up as title contenders as Wenger finally broke his winless streak against the Portuguese manager. “Arsene said it himself, zero points after two games and it would have been a bit of trouble”. Harris says it’s Giroud’s third goal in his last five games against Crystal Palace.
Hector Bellerin’s cross picked out the head of Sanchez and McCarthy was left helpless as Palace captain Damien Delaney slid in to divert the ball into his own net.
“Arsenal had a point to prove and we were probably a victim of our own mistakes”. However, it was clear that he wasn’t at his best, failing to track back on several occasions and spurning some good chances in the first half of football. “I think he had a much stronger performance than recently”.
“That (the need for those talks) was the case last week when we came out of the (West Ham) match where no one knew exactly what we did, so we just had to come back to our game”.
And as well as helping Arsenal pick up their first three points of the campaign, Wenger also believes the goal will have boosted his striker’s confidence after rumours of the club moving for a new striker.