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February 2, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 60005‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's second-half double sends the Gunners back to the top of the Premier League table as the Gunners see off a spirited visiting side at the Emirates Stadium

By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    1
    0
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Little to do but had to stay alert to make a superb save to deny Jerome from point-blank range.

  • Bacary Sagna
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Coped well defensively with the threat of Bolasie and Puncheon and stretched the pitch when Arsenal were in possession.

  • Per Mertesacker
    1
    0
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    As usual, commanding display at the back. Always looked in control and dominant in the air.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    0
    0
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Had to be wary of Jerome's running but did a solid job and read the game well.

  • Monreal
    0
    1
    2.50

    Monreal

    Offered a good outlet on the left and constantly looked to get forward. Fell asleep a couple of times defensively and lucky Jerome missed a great chance.

  • Mikel Arteta
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Accurate passing from the Spaniard but lacked the creativity and drive to really open up Palace.

  • Mesut Özil
    2
    0
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    Made one or two quality passes but was on the fringes of the game throughout.

  • Santi Cazorla
    1
    2
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Made a crucial contribution with a delightful pass to set up Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal. The Spaniard always looked to get on the ball and make something happen for the hosts.

  • Lukas Podolski
    0
    1
    2.00

    Lukas Podolski

    A very quiet display from the German, who started on the left and was hardly involved before being substituted in the 72nd minute.

  • Olivier Giroud
    2
    3
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Found it hard to escape the attention of Palace's defenders but provided a lovely touch in the build-up to Arsenal's second goal.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    0
    0
    4.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Top of the Match

    Made his first start since the opening game of the season and capped it off with two superbly taken goals. Added much-needed energy to Arsenal attacks and provided quality finishes.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Returned from injury as a 72nd minute substitute and played some good creative passes.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    2
    0

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Replaced Giroud in the final stages.

  • Serge Gnabry
    0
    0

    Serge Gnabry

    Came on for Ozil late on.

  • Julian Speroni
    0
    0
    3.00

    Julian Speroni

    Brilliant save in the first half to keep out a header from Koscielny and always off his line quickly to avert danger. Could do nothing about both Arsenal goals.

  • Joel Ward
    0
    1
    1.50

    Joel Ward Flop of the Match

    Generally good but was twice punished as he allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to run through and score.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    0
    1
    2.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Strong display from the Welshman as he organised the back four and denied Arsenal space in the final third. Maybe could have done more in the build-up to the Gunners' second goal.

  • Damien Delaney
    1
    0
    3.00

    Damien Delaney

    Always alert to read danger and make important interceptions. Kept Giroud very quiet.

  • Jonathan Parr
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jonathan Parr

    Very competent tactical performance, especially when he tucked in to support the centre-backs. Rarely looked to support the attack.

  • Yannick Bolasie
    0
    1
    2.50

    Yannick Bolasie

    Had some moments of skill, power and pace but poor decision-making and execution when it came to the final ball.

  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kagisho Dikgacoi

    Did a good job denying Arsenal space between the lines with his positioning, pressing and tackling.

  • Jason Puncheon
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jason Puncheon

    Worked hard throughout but didn't do enough on the ball. Didn't take on defenders and passing was sloppy.

  • Mile Jedinak
    0
    1
    3.00

    Mile Jedinak

    The Palace captain was everywhere as he harried Arsenal players and broke up attacks. Displayed progressive passing to try and start counter-attacks.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    2
    0
    3.00

    Marouane Chamakh

    The Moroccan returned to his former club and put in an impressive display. Showed excellent touch as he linked attacks and worked hard defensively, although he left Oxlade-Chamberlain for the opener.

  • Cameron Jerome
    0
    0
    2.50

    Cameron Jerome

    Threatened on the counter-attack at times but missed a glorious chance to equalise when he headed straight as Szczesny from close range.

Substitutions

  • Barry Bannan
    0
    1
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Lively display after coming on for Jerome in the 56th minute.

  • Dwight Gayle
    0
    0

    Dwight Gayle

    Replaced Chamakh with eight minutes to play.

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