Five things we learnt from Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal really needed that win. From being talked about as one of the real title favourites a matter of weeks ago, results haven’t gone the Gunners’ way of late and ahead of kick-off vs. Crystal Palace they had actually fallen out of the Premier League’s top four.
A Goal of the Season contender from Olivier Giroud – it really is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it – and a header from Alex Iwobi were enough to get a 2-0 win that Arsene Wenger would have been thrilled with before the game started.
Palace were by no means the easiest of opponents for Arsenal in a hectic festive fixture list, but the home side dominated the encounter from start to finish, leaving the Eagles with lots more questions than answers as they prepare for a must-win game in a couple of days’ time against fellow relegation battlers Swansea.
We will see many games in 2017 that will be more closely contested than this one, but we still took quite a lot from the bout in north London. Here are FIVE lessons from the match…