[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2 0 Crystal Palace

[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2 0 Crystal Palace

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In their first game of the year, Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win to secure their first victory of the year, thanks to a scorpion kick from Olivier Giroud and Alex iwobi's header.

The Gunners saw off Crystal Palace to move a step up up on the league table, still nine points behind league leaders.

Having published the goal highlights here, let's take a quick look at how the players fared in the encounter.

Cech 7: He made some stunning second half saves to clinch a clean sheet.

Bellerin 7: He moved forward to cause enough trouble for the visiting side. It was an impressive afternoon for him altogether.

Gabriel 7: Was as solid as a rock all through and wasn't in any way intimidated by the much-feared Benteke.

Koscielny 7: Had a nice time in defense as usual. Still the boss!

Monreal 7: The Spaniard had one of his best displays so far this season.

Xhaka 7: Made a series of accurate passes while also ensuring Arsenal go forward so often.

Perez 7: His interception started the buildup to the first goal. He was on point both offensively and defensively.

Iwobi 7: He put his name on the league's scoresheet for the second time this season and also did well in the number 10 position.

Sanchez 7.5: Did a lot to see Arsenal win. He was the man behind Giroud's screamer. Though he failed to find the back of the net, his efforts in that game cannot be underestimated.

Giroud 8: Bagged a superb goal that will remain the talk on everyone's lips for so long.

Ramsey, Coqyekin, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6: They all came in as substitutes and didn't do much.

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