Key points from the game against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal registered a narrow yet vital victory against Crystal Palace that saw them climb up to 3rd in the Premier League standings with 48 points from 26 outings. Although the Gunners were in control for the better part of the game, they had a nervy ending eventually finishing the game at 2-1. Here are a couple of key points from the victory:
Olivier Giroud proves his worth.
The French international pounced on Danny Welbeck’s deflection to send the ball bulging into the net past Julian Speroni. Giroud has proven to be an effective member of Arsene Wenger’s squad and from the look of things, the 28-year old will add plenty more to the 50 goals he has scored in Arsenal colors.
Santi Cazorla is clinical.
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At the moment, Cazorla is the most clinical penalty taker for the Gunners. The Spanish international is 6 out of 6 as he has converted all the spot kicks awarded to him this season. His finishing ability ensured that Arsenal got all the 3 points from Selhurst Park – something that will prove vital as the battle for Champions League spots intensifies.
Arsenal and Liverpool battle over Champions League top scorer.
According to reports from The Metro, the race between Arsenal and Liverpool in signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano has intensified as the two English clubs look to add onto their attacking power. It comes as no surprise that the Brazilian international is much sought after as he has netted 9 times from 6 appearances in the group stages of the elite European competition.
Although his contract isn’t due to expire until January next year, the current political uncertainty characterized by heavy fighting around the area of Donetsk has compromised the safety of their foreign stars and as such, they are expected to move away from the club this summer.
Although the Gunners are not desperately in need of a striker due to Olivier Giroud’s impressive form, the club would never be at a loss by signing a world class finisher.
Mertesacker admits they were lucky not to draw against Crystal Palace.
World Cup winner with Germany and Arsenal’s vice-captain Per Mertesacker has admitted that they were lucky not to draw against Crystal Place on Saturday on match day 26 of the Premier League. The towering central defender admitted this while doing an interview on Arsenal’s official website after their 2-1 win against the Eagles.
The Gunners were in comfortable control of the game with a two goal cushion after goals from Olivier Giroud and a penalty from Santi Cazorla, until Alan Pardew’s boys pulled one back in the 90th minute. It was all fire and brimstone from the Palace players but it was never meant to be as a sequence of saves from David Ospina and the woodwork ensured the game ended in favor of the visitors.
“Sometimes you lose games, especially at the end. We were lucky today but that was a bit of a warning for us not to switch off too early, said Mertesacker. “As I said, I’m absolutely delighted to take the three points.”
Indeed a tad bit of luck in the dying minutes of the game.
Cazorla praises Giroud’s away form.
Santi Cazorla has come out and heaped praise on teammate Olivier Giroud for his fine away form. Both Cazorla and Giroud were on the score sheet as the Gunners won 2-1 to climb up to 3rd on the League table.
“He’s very important for us in these games, because we sometimes need to play long balls,” Cazorla told Arsenal.com.
The midfielder added that:
“He can keep the ball and [draw] fouls, and he’s a good header of the ball. He’s in a good moment and I hope he’ll continue to play the same way.”
Despite sustaining a nasty injury at the start of the season, the French international has been in sensational form, scoring 11 goals from his last 13 starts. With Giroud maintaining his good form and Alexis Sanchez gaining form, defenders will certainly dread facing the deadly duo.
Arsenal to renew interest in Premier League defender.
According to reports by Mirror Football, Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The argument behind pushing for the signing is that the future of French duo Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini is still uncertain while club captain Mikel Arteta is injury prone and past his peak. Furthermore, Jack Wilshere poses a concern to the manager not only with his injury history but also with behaviour on and off the pitch.
As the Saints chase for a slot in the Champions League, Schneiderlin already made it clear last year that where they finish at the end of the season will play an intricate role in determining his future.