Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in a thoroughly entertaining show on Sunday afternoon to firmly put their Premier League campaign on track.
Olivier Giroud scored one acrobatic effort from the start to give his team the advantage, and indeed, the Gunners could have been four by halftime, but a lot of missed chances and an effervescent Joel Ward, from outside the area leveled matters before the break.
Another flurry of chances, bleacherreport this time on both sides, he was lost in the second half, but Alexis Sánchez forced an own goal by Damien Delaney put Arsenal back ahead, and the North London club held on .
“We really needed the three points to recover after the performance at home when we lost to West Ham [United last week you],” Giroud told Sky Sports 1 after the game. “We really wanted to play our game, and could have killed the game before.