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EPL 2015: Olivier Giroud Scores A Blinder As Arsenal Beat Crystal Palace 2-1

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A stunning scissor kick by Olivier Giroud set Arsenal on its way to a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and a first victory of the Premier League season on Sunday.

It required an own goal in the 55th minute from Palace defender Damien Delaney for Arsenal to clinch all three points at Selhurst Park and rebound from a surprise opening-round home loss to West Ham.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace English Premier League 2015
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, right, celebrates scoring a goal with Hector Bellerini during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Giroud put Arsenal ahead in the 16th when the France striker met Mesut Ozil’s left-wing cross with a flying left-foot volley into the bottom corner.

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Joel Ward equalized with a drilled shot inside the far post from meters in the 28th, but the Palace right back was beaten in the air by Alexis Sanchez, whose header was turned into the net by the stretching Delaney.

“Of the game, I believe that we’ve shown our strong response (to the opening day loss to West Ham). We have shown different aspects in our game that are vital in the Premiership. We had a good fluent game in the first half. When they came back to 1-1 (it) was a mental test to see how we respond after the defeat last week. We managed to find a second goal and after that, in the final part of the game we had just to dig in and to fight, and we did it as well. So, I’m pleased because we have shown many different aspects that will be very important in the season,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a post match interview.



Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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