Arsenal 2-0 Palace
Crystal Palace were beaten by two second half Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goals at the Emirates Stadium. An organised first half performance from the Eagles was undone just ninety seconds after the interval as the England international stole in and lifted the ball over the impressive Julian Speroni. It was the tenth time Palace have conceded in the fifteen minutes after the restart, the highest in the division.
Just minutes later the noisy travelling support should have an equaliser to celebrate as Cameron Jerome found himself unmarked at the back post. If he heads the ball back across the goal he levels the match, instead he heads the ball straight at the Arsenal stopper, Szczesney and gone was any chance of a Palace point.
I tweeted when he was substituted that he had had a “bit of a mare”, apparently that was an understatement as I instantly received several tweets saying the same thing; “a bit?”
"Bit of a mare."
Live he looked poor. Nothing was sticking to him and that meant that Arsenal just kept coming at us, meaning that it was only a matter of time before they found a way through. Watching the game back on TV today, he was just shocking. He is in the team for his hold up play and pressing. If he does not do these things then I would rather see Dwight Gayle in there as he can at least finish.
Let’s hope it was just one game blip for Cam.
No Penalty Appeal
"I’ve watched it several times and it is a penalty every time in my view."
In real time it looked like Joel Ward was fouled in the penalty area, on TV it looks like a stonewall. He beats Monreal to the ball, nicks it past him and then is taken out just inside the box. Two things astound me about this. First, none of the Palace players even appeal for a spot kick. Second, Gary Neville on the commentary says there is “nothing in that.” I feel like I am taking crazy pills. I’ve watched it several times and it is a penalty every time in my view. Is it just me?
Red Card Anywhere Else on the Field
I am talking about Sagna’s tackle on the Julian Speroni. He is never getting the ball before Jules yet flies in two footed. If he makes the tackle in the middle of the pitch it is a straight red. Meanwhile, he books Chamakh for the slightest tug of an arm yet lets Polodski of without even talking to him after cleaning out Joel Ward. Great consistency shown from the man in black... or whatever colour they wear these days.
Man of the Match: Mile Jedinak
He was everywhere. Arsenal struggled to play around him and was masterful at breaking up the game with sneaky fouls coupled with his brilliant game reading ability.
Boom! From start to finish our little corner was like a wall of noise and left everyone else in English football salivating over us once again. Gary Neville couldn’t stop raving about us on the commentary, social networking was full of praise and all of the Arsenal fans I spoke to after the game were all saying “I wish our fans were like that.” But I am not telling you anything that you do not already know.
Up Next: West Brom
Away days at places like the Emirates are to enjoy and a any type of result is a bonus. It is games like our next one at Selhurst Park that are the important ones. “Never lose to your rivals” says Joe Mourinho. Another 3 points are vital when considering some of the games that we have coming up.
Come on you Palace.