A hard-fought 3 points or what?
I saw people complaining that it was a poor performance. Really? Was it?
I don’t know what people were expecting, but the pitch was painfully slow and uneven. That’s not the sort of pitch that allows a quick passing game to be played.
Palace gave everything, running themselves to a standstill, almost.
I can’t understand why it’s a crime to credit the opposition for their effort and endeavour, rather than blaming our own players .
The deadlock was broken just after half-time when a bit of skill by Gnabry brought about a spot-kick. Of course, everyone blamed the defender and ignored the skill of the attacker.
Mikel lashed in the penalty and it looked like it would be a comfortable second half as we began to make more openings.
Not to be though. A hopeful punt up the field arrived at Chamakh’s feet. Mikel challenged for it and, as far as I could see, Marouane veered across Mikel’s path causing a tangle of legs. Never a red card in a month of Sundays.
So, down to ten men, the tactically inept Arséne Wenger made some changes. On came Jack for the substitute Gnarby.
Jack took up the position at which he played his full debut season. This was worrying for me because he had a dreadful night on Tuesday and could not find a teammate with the simplest of passes.
Naturally, Jack proved me an idiot as he was superb .
Its was a great defensive performance by everyone concerned. Not least by our young goalkeeper, who pulled off two magnificent saves within seconds of each other. He is going from strength to strength.
We wrapped it up close to full time with a beautiful link up between Aaron and our other goal and assist machine; Giroud.
Some other points of note were; Santi was average, Sagna was magnificent and Monreal is the unluckiest player in the league that he does not get starts.