It wasn’t the prettiest Arsenal victory, but Wenger will be particularly pleased at the fight his team showed at a bouncing Selhurst Park. Mesut Ozil and Cazorla were probably the Gunners’ best players, although special mention should go to Mertesacker at the back (for winning the aerial battle with Wickham) and for Giroud, for his quite brilliant opening goal.
Crystal Palace can feel aggrieved not to get something from this game. For starters, they should have been playing against 10 men – Coquelin was extremely lucky on two occasions to escape a second yellow card. Mutch and Lee wasted excellent late chances but the team lost their bite when Pardew withdrew Bolasie (at half-time) and Zaha (mid-way through the second half).