Asif Khan / 22 February 2015

Arsenal managed to comfortably grab all the three precious points which helped them jump to the 3rd position in the Premier League. The Gunners completely outraced Crystal Palace at home ground by a score line of 2-1. Let us look at the talking points from the game

Finally a sigh of relief for Wenger


Gunners after today’s win have jumped to the third position in the English Premier League. And with the season almost coming to an end, Arsene Wenger will be more than relieved seeing his side on in top four of the Premier League.

The Return of Ozil

Ozil was once again impressive for the Gunners, as the German has proved that he has successfully recovered from his injury. Since his club record move from Spanish giants Real Madrid previous season, several critics predicted that he is not a Premier League material, as according to them he won’t be able to adapt himself to Premier League environment. But the World Cup winner has proved every time that when played on a correct position he is the most lethal midfielder in the world.

In today’s game against Palace, Ozil contributed perfectly in the game. He was brilliant in attack and made some sublime counter attacks, the German could have scored the third goal for the Gunners but his header crashed off the crossbar.

Welbeck the lucky charm of Arsenal

The Englishman was involved in both the goals of Arsenal on Saturday against Palace. Welbeck showed his brilliant quality in attack again though he didn’t get much from the game but his performance was impressive today. His runs were terrific and ball control was wonderful which made him a threat every time he had the ball. He also contributed for the penalty and the second goal as it was his shot which Julian couldn’t handle properly and Giroud scored comfortably from the rebound.

Crystal Palace tried to bounce back, but it failed

After being two goals down and not much attack in the first 45 minutes, Alan Pardew’s side already looked like a sinking ship. Though in the second half it all changed as they made a couple of attacks and tried to put pressure on the visitors, but the Eagles only managed to score a goal in the dying minutes of the extra time which couldn’t save them a defeat and they remain on the 13th position in the League.

Olivier Giroud the Man of the Match

Giroud scored the 50th goal for Arsenal to help secure the club all the three away points. Though he was played into a more defensive striker role by the manager but he was full of energy throughout the game. He created a lot of trouble for the defence of Palace and got rewarded in the extra time of first half, after he comfortably scored from a rebound. He also made a total of 67 touches which was the third highest in the team after Coquelin and Cazorla.

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