Oliver Giroud stole the show with his sensational scorpion kick, that helped fire Arsenal to victory. Iwobi headed in a second as Arsenal eased past a weary Palace, that lacked much attacking potency.
The win never looked in doubt, although we took some time to break down Palace’s stern back line, it was inevitable that Arsenal would take the lead at some point. Less so predictable was the fashion in which Arsenal stormed into the lead. Of course the finish took the headlines, and rightly so, but the counter attacking move prior to the goal was scintillating too. How Giroud managed to get the ball into the back of the net from there is beyond me, a truly outrageous moment. An far better than that average goal Man United scored the other week…
Giroud has two goals in his last two, however I don’t think Sanchez’s position as starting striker is under considerable threat. Giroud is an accomplished forward, but he doesn’t impact the match outside of his goals in the same way Sanchez does. A pleasing thing we can extract from the last couple of matches (even more so if we defeat Bournemouth tonight) is that Arsenal now have more depth across the pitch. Even upfront we have Oliver Giroud as most fan’s preferred back up choice, a player that consistently scored twenty a season and would slide into most Premier League line ups.
After that world class moment, the game settled back down. Other than Giroud’s goal it was much of a nothing game. Iwobi added a second in the second half, the young Nigerian showing his ability to play behind the striker as he replaced Mesut Ozil. Iwobi is an energetic option behind the main man, perhaps the number 10 is a role he may move into in years to come.
Overall, a good start to 2017. I wish you all a happy New Year, in what I hope to be a big year for this blog.