It was Arsenal’s 200th game at the Emirates Stadium and the second Premier League match of 2017. Milestones have not always gone well for Arsenal in the past and Wenger’s 1000th Arsenal game is just one example. This particular milestone however, was more successful. Arsenal had to win this game in order to stay ahead of rivals Spurs and keep up with leaders Chelsea and they did just that.
Arsenal could have been 1-0 up after six minutes. A cross from Nacho Monreal was missed by Olivier Giroud and then Lucas Perez. Alexis Sanchez also had an opportunity to give Arsenal the lead but his shot was just wide. Arsenal continued to create several chances but the score remained 0-0. That was until the 17th minute when Giroud produced a sensational scorpion kick to give Arsenal a deserved lead. Definitely one of the best goals I’ve seen this season! Crystal Palace were not in the game at all. The Eagles had one shot on target which was straight at Petr Cech. Arsenal could have been further ahead but the half ended 1-0.
The Gunners started the second half just as brightly as the first and continually put Crystal Palace under pressure. Iwobi finally made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half with a scrappy header. Crystal Palace started to grow into the game as Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend had shots on goal in quick succession but Cech saved them all and the score remained 2-0. Yet again Arsenal created plenty of chances but they were unable to increase their lead.
Perez may not have scored but he deserved his start and played well. The only problem is that he is completely one footed. Hopefully this is something he will work on and improve. Once he is given a consistent run of games will should see his quality shine through. The match finished 2-0 and Arsenal got the three points which saw them move up to third in the table. Sam Allardyce’s wait for his first win as Crystal Palace manager goes on.