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The midfielder grabbed a late winner for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League encounter at the Emirates on Saturday, continuing his fine goalscoring form

Aaron Ramsey was picked to start against Crystal Palace as Arsenal looked to get their 2014-15 season off to a winning start at the Emirates, the Welshman lining up alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere in midfield.

And the midfielder overcame a stoic Palace defence to grab all three points for the Gunners late on.


It was a slightly understated display from the Welshman, as he drifted in and out of the game, but he had the final say on the game, scoring late on to gift the Gunners a vital win.

Ramsey escaped his marker as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent in an injury-time cross and smashed the ball home from close-range following a goalmouth scramble, despite seeing his attacking threat nullified by Palace's excellent man-marking throughout the initial 90 minutes.

The midfielder also linked well with marquee summer signing Alexis Sanchez in a potential nod to what is to come from the duo. The two swapped positions regularly as Arsenal probed and eventually got their reward.

Despite seeing few clear-cut chances, Ramsey recycled possession well when the ball fell to him and looked to drive forward whenever possible, his repeated forays forward stirring an otherwise subdued home crowd.

It cannot be forgotten that the season is in its infancy, and one would expect Ramsey to gain momentum as the games roll on, especially following his winning strike.


Quite obviously, his winning goal with the clock ticking down. A low shot was parried by Speroni and Ramsey gobbled up the rebound to give the Gunners three points.

It was undoubtedly harsh on Palace, who defended so admirably for the majority of the game, but the best players pop up with goals even when they aren't playing well and Ramsey did exactly that.

He was nowhere near his sparkling best and Arsenal suffered as a result, though he eventually gave the home crowd something to cheer about.


For a player so skilled in taking the game to the opposition, it was disappointing to see the Welshman simply crumple to the floor in the sixth minute following a collision with Scott Dann in the penalty area.

Ramsey collected a pass from Jack Wilshere, spun and simply ran into the centre-back, before falling to the ground and vigorously appealing for a penalty. Had he stood his ground he may have had a chance to open the scoring, and the referee was rightly unmoved.


It seems a no-brainer that Ramsey will feature against the Turkish side as Arsene Wenger's men look to seal a place in the Champions League group stages yet again, but the fact that the game takes place in just three days must be remembered.

An athletic, fit young man, Ramsey is unlikely to be worried about the prospect of playing two matches in such quick succession but Arsenal face a tough-looking trip to Everton next Saturday, a fixture they lost 3-0 last season.

As such, Wenger may choose to rest his star man from the off in Turkey, with Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and even Abou Diaby – who has finally recovered full fitness – all options to start the play-off first leg tie if Ramsey is benched.